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Program Description

  Animal Shelter

The Animal Shelter program maintains and operates the only open-admission shelter in Montgomery County, and provides a high standard of care for lost, abandoned, abused, and unwanted animals, as well as the County's wildlife. Dogs and cats make up the largest populations at the shelter, but many other animals also come through the shelter doors. Rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice are the most common, though it is not unusual to find turtles, lizards, and birds. The Animal Shelter offers a variety of programs and services to support both the community and the animals housed at the shelter. Programs include Adoption, Volunteer, Foster and Rescue, Community Outreach, and Pet Licensing. The shelter communicates to the public through a dedicated website and various social media outlets to advertise and promote the Department's services and animals available for adoption. The shelter also conducts tours, participates in promotional events, and provides outreach to student groups and housing/community organizations about responsible pet ownership and animal laws and regulations.

Program Contacts

Contact Bonnie White of the Office of Animal Services at 240.773.5641 or Derrick Harrigan of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2759 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY22Actual FY23Estimated FY24Target FY25Target FY26
Number of animals vaccinated at Rabies Clinics1,5771,6061,6001,6001,600
Average Daily Population for the Fiscal Year273311290290290
Percent of animals that exit the facility alive (live release rate)91.2%92.0%91.0%91.0%91.0%
Number of unique volunteers350624624624624
Number of unique Foster Care volunteers177210220220220

Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved399928738.00
Add: Pooled Animal Care Attendant Position to Expedite Hiring of Critical Personnel1991842.00
Add: Program Specialist I (Foster Coordinator) to Improve Shelter Operations719141.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.2370800.00
FY25 Recommended450746541.00