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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 customer services to support the animals housed at the shelter and the community including the Adoptions Program, Volunteer Program, Foster and Rescue Programs, Community Outreach Program, and the Pet Licensing Program. The shelter communicates to the public through a dedicated website and various social media outlets used to advertise and promote the Department's services and promote 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 FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Number of animals vaccinated at Rabies Clinics402988150015001700
Average Daily Population for the Fiscal Year271239240230230
Percent of animals that exit the facility alive (live release rate)89%92%91%91%91%
Total number of unique volunteers12247100120140
Total number of unique Foster Care volunteers165184200220230

Program Budget Changes

FY23 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved326314837.00
Increase Cost: Costs to Pre-Covid Level - Animal Shelter Manager1099680.00
Enhance: Animal Care Attendant408091.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-653916-10.00
FY23 Recommended276000928.00