Fairfield County Dog Adoption Center, Shelter Named Agency of the Year

LANCASTER – The Fairfield County Dog Adoption Center & Shelter has been recognized as Ohio’s Top Agency for 2019.

The Ohio County Dog Wardens Association named the Fairfield County shelter its Agency of the Year earlier this month.

Director Erin Frost said one of the biggest changes recently was the shelter’s increased use of social media.

According to Frost, using Facebook has helped the shelter help the public identify lost dogs and reunite them with their owners.

“It certainly helped increase our visibility with the public,” Frost said.

Once a dog is brought to the shelter, staff members work quickly to find a microchip or any identifying mark that will help reunite the animal with its owners. The shelter will keep the dog for up to three days to allow time for the original owners to come forward and claim them.

If a dog is stray or unclaimed, the adoption process begins.

“We make sure all dogs are healthy — both physically and mentally — before they’re adopted,” Frost said.

Five-year-old pit bull mix Brogon looks through the fence of his kennel Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 11, 2019, at the Fairfield County Dog Adoption Center and Shelter in Lancaster.

Once the dog has been approved for adoption, the shelter encourages families who want a new four-legged member to stop by and visit.

The shelter uses an “adoption room” where potential families can spend a few minutes with a dog to determine if it’s a good fit.

“We encourage families to come and get the right match,” Frost said.

According to a press release, OCDWA’s agency of the year award is based on participation in training programs, innovation in public education programs, community involvement and support of functions of OCDWA.

Fairfield County dog ​​sitter Todd McCullough said in the statement that the agency is grateful to be recognized by OCDWA.

“We are honored and grateful to receive this prestigious award,” said McCullough. “We’re proud of the success we’ve had this year, which will only inspire us to keep improving as we move forward.”

According to the release, the shelter’s transfer/rescue rate increased from 7% in 2018 to 10% in 2019. Fairfield County officials attribute the improved rate to better partnerships with rescue and protection agencies. animals in the region.

Moby looks through the fence of his kennel Wednesday afternoon Dec. 11, 2019 at the Fairfield County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center in Lancaster.

Owner buyout rates also increased from 33% to 37% in 2019. According to the release, changes in policy and social media contributed to the increase in the buyout rate.

The Fairfield County Adoption Center and Dog Shelter is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More information on the refuge’s website. Adoption fees may vary depending on the age of the dog.

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