The Rosenberg Animal Shelter saw its highest intake numbers in history in the month of September. And yet, shelter staff has successfully found homes for nearly all the animals.

This and more was discussed as Animal Control Director Mara Hartsell presented her monthly animal report at the Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting Tuesday.

“All together, we had 144 intakes, which was a new high,” Hartsell told council.

“Our overall live-release rate was 97.65%. Our 2020 length of stay average has significantly decreased.

“Two years ago, (the average) was 60 days (per animal). Last year it was 30 days.”

The average length of stay for canines is now eight days and for felines, it’s 11.

“They’re coming in and staff are working diligently to network them and pass them into loving homes,” Hartsell assured council.

‘We’ve shifted our focus onto networking and cultivating a lot of relationships in our community.

“Everyone on staff works in their own special way to get them the attention they need to move forward.

“We’ve taken in more animals than we ever have prior, and we have fewer animals in the shelter than we have at any time.

“We may not be hosting traditional adoption events, but we’re doing a lot as far as digital marketing goes.”

Council member Steven DeGregorio, who sits on the animal shelter advisory board, commended Hartsell for her hard work and adaptability during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hartsell told council that there are only 39 cats and dogs in the shelter.

Fifty cats and 19 dogs were adopted from Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter in September.

Eight dogs and one cat were owner-released to the shelter.

According to Hartsell’s report, two cats were euthanized.

“This is very good news,” Mayor Bill Benton said.

“We support you. I think I can speak for the council that while we appreciate the volunteers, you run the shelter. We have confidence in you.”

Rosenberg Animal Control is located at 1207 Blume Road.

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