“As our live release rate has increased, we need help from citizens and our rescue organizations more than ever,” Gruhl said. “Your partnership will ensure that we find loving homes for all the animals in our care.”
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The shelter also is reaching out to local rescue groups to get feedback on operations and services. Gruhl said this is to improve trust and collaboration among the agencies, and to incorporate feedback into improvements.
The shelter is focused on promoting adoptions through Facebook and community events, and will host a free adoption event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the shelter. A sponsor is covering license fees as well so there will be no cost to the new owner.
These moves come as the county and agency promise 2019 “to be a transformative year” for the facility.
In December, its longtime director, Mark Kumpf, was terminated amid increased scrutiny from animal welfare advocates about the number of animals put to death at the facility.