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Statistics Show HSWC Had Successful Year in 2016

The Humane Society of Washington County has released its data from 2016 and revealed its most successful year to date.

Live Outcomes for 2016 was 4,942 animals, a 236% increase compared to 2009.

The HSWC attributes this accomplishment to innovative programs that challenge traditional animal welfare beliefs. An example of this is the “Traveling Fosters” Adoption Ambassadors program.

“Through this program we empower our trusted volunteers to provide shelter animals with in-home medical and behavioral care preparing them for adoption, and to provide new pet parents with post adoption support,” stated Ellen Taylor, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

In 2016 the “Traveling Fosters” facilitated 436 pet adoptions.

The HSWC participates in many other lifesaving programs such as dialogue-based adoptions, adoption promotions and waived fees, Happy Hounds Prison Dog Program, enrichment and behavior modification, and the ASPCA® Meet Your Match programs.

The HSWC places a high priority on collecting data in order to track trends and improve its practices.

“Although there is no standardized method or requirement for reporting shelter statistics, the HSWC participates in Shelter Animals Count,” Taylor added. “This is an initiative created to share national sheltered animal statistics, providing facts and enabling insights that will save lives.”