Two months ago, Rosenberg Mayor Bill Benton asked Animal Control Director Mara Hartsell to include information on shelter inventory.

And Benton couldn’t believe the results.

According to the monthly animal shelter report Hartsell presented at the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, one animal has resided in the shelter for over a year.

“His name is Junior and he goes to every adoption event,” Hartsell told council. “He goes home with volunteers for foster trips. One of my staff members who has a great relationship with him takes him home at least once a month for a couple days.

“He does very well in their environment. We do try to provide him with lots of enrichment and lots of opportunities. He’s actually a very happy, well-treated dog. We’re always prioritizing his adoption.”

Hartsell said that Junior has been happy during his year-long stay at the shelter.

“In that case, maybe Junior doesn’t want to get adopted,” Benton joked. “He likes it better on the inside!”

“We’re really trying to optimize our adoption programs by accepting as many off-site opportunities as we can,” Hartsell said.

Benton said he wants to do whatever he can to help Junior find a home.

According to Hartsell, the shelter held 10 adoption events, seven of which were off-site.

Listed are the number of felines who have stayed in the shelter for a given number of time:

  • Zero to 30 days: 27;
  • Thirty-one to 60 days: five;
  • Sixty-one to 90 days: five;
  • Ninety-one to 180 days: three;
  • One hundred and eighty one to 365 days: zero; and
  • More than 365 days: zero.

Listed are the number of canines who have stayed in the shelter for a given number of time:

  • Zero to 30 days: 15;
  • Thirty-one to 60 days: three;
  • Sixty-one to 90 days: two;
  • Ninety-one to 180 days: one;
  • One hundred and eighty one to 365 days: zero; and
  • More than 365 days: one.

Rosenberg Animal Control is located at 1207 Blume Road.

The next council meeting will be Dec. 17 at City Hall, located at 2110 Fourth St.

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