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Posted on: March 21, 2017

Animal Shelter Alters Hours of Operation to Meet Demands

The City of Montrose Animal Shelter will soon be open seven days a week. The new hours of operation will go into effect Saturday, April 1. Hours of operation will then consist of the following: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The changing hours of operation are designed to directly meet residents’ needs, as tracked since mid-2015.

“The only day the shelter was closed was Fridays,” stated Animal Shelter Management Officer Kari Kishiyama. “Under the new schedule, our staff can now more adequately serve residents based on their actual needs, as evidenced by the statistics we gathered on historical visits.” The new schedule reallocates an hour of operation from Monday through Thursday, and several hours over the weekend in order to open the doors on Fridays. “This means our staff will be available to residents and their pets, seven days a week,” Kishiyama noted. “Our services are not seasonal, like some operations can be. No specific time of the year is generally less busy than others. Pets typically do not schedule their escapes at times that are convenient to pet owners. We have to be available when people need us, and this schedule allows us to accomplish that.”

The change in hours of operation come as a result of analyzing data gathered from past years. A total of 970 animals passed through doors of the shelter in 2016. Animals may be owner-relinquished, strays, or transfers from other shelters. Of those, 356 pets were returned to their owners and 462 were adopted. The total number of strays decreased in 2016. “The decrease marks the effectiveness of the campaigns and work our staff and partners have embarked on in recent years, including increased spay and neuter clinics, adopt-a-thons, increased public relations efforts, and education on responsible pet ownership. This is every shelter’s goals,” stated Kishiyama. The decrease in strays has allowed the shelter to accept a greater number of shelter transfers for placement within the community.

The shelter is now entering its ninth year as an adoption-only shelter. This designation means the shelter will only transfer animals for adoption or to meet space needs to other adoption-only shelters. It also means the shelter’s policy is not to euthanize animals in order to meet space needs. For the dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, ferrets, chickens, goats, the bearded dragon lizard and the turtle who all stayed at the shelter in 2016, this is wonderful news.

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