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The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) released the July 2016 adoption statistics this week, showcasing a record-breaking month for the shelter. The HSWC adopted a total of 392 animals into permanent homes.

The shelter saw a significant increase in adoptions from previous months, especially in the feline population. When comparing July 2016 data to the same month in 2015, the HSWC saw a 24.6% increase for canine adoptions, a 112.9% increase for feline adoptions, and a 16.7% increase for other small animals, such as rabbits and ferrets.

The second closest month to this total is August of 2015 when 322 animals were adopted.

“It is so exciting to see these life-saving numbers,” said Kim Intino, President/CEO. “The dedicated and talented staff at HSWC achieved this great success and I am very proud of them.”

Innovative programs such as the Traveling Foster adoption ambassadors, dialogue-based counseling, the ASPCA Meet Your Match program, and waived-fee promotions like Free Cat Fridays all contributed to the increase in rehomed animals.

Another driving force behind these numbers was the Clear the Shelters adoption events, in which the HSWC participated during August 2015 and July 2016. Clear the Shelters is a national event sponsored in part by NBC Universal and the ASPCA.

“We are so grateful for their support,” Intino said.

The Humane Society of Washington County exists to promote the welfare of companion and domestic animals through educational programs and initiatives that reduce pet overpopulation, endorse fostering, enrich adoptions, and encourage responsible pet guardianship.