HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – 2022 marks the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA’s fiftieth year anniversary.
The shelter’s govt director Huck Nawaz stated within the earlier 49 years, 2021 was the RHSPCA’s “most impactful year to date.”
A file excessive of 1,625 animals discovered their ceaselessly houses in 2021 thanks to the RHSPCA, which is over 400 extra animals than it adopted out in 2020.
“The programs made all of that success possible for us. The most impactful for us was the growth in our foster programs,” Nawaz stated. “We average over 150 pets in foster throughout the year.”
Nawaz additionally famous that the shelter’s Community Cat Program helped many felines all through the year.
This program began in 2021, providing vouchers for cats that reside open air so house owners can get the cats microchipped, altered, and vaccinated. Nawaz stated this helps hold the neighborhood’s cat inhabitants down, subsequently lowering the variety of cats and kittens they consumption on the shelter.
He stated he hopes these applications proceed to develop in 2022.
“Animals benefit so much from being away from the shelter in a home setting, so the two main focuses are going to be increasing those adoptions, particularly through foster homes for us, hence decreasing that reliance on transfers, and then, of course, decreasing intakes into the shelter for us,” Nawaz stated.
A brand new year brings new targets, and Nawaz stated a significant objective for the shelter in 2022 is to create sustainability.
“We’re still relying on transfers to other shelters. While we did decrease that number, we did transfer over 400 pets to our partnering shelters,” Nawaz stated. “We want to be self-sustaining.”
The shelter’s total live-release charge was 95% in 2021.
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