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Posted on Jan 21, 2016

Record year for animal shelter

Staff report

The Quincy Animal Shelter ended 2015 with a dog-gone great year.

Last year, the shelter placed 834 animals into homes. That figure is nearly twice the number of animals placed into homes in 2014, said Rachel Lewis, animal shelter manager.

“We rehome mostly dogs and cats, but we have seen a few birds, rabbits, turtles and a hamster,” Lewis said.

Lewis suspects the new, larger facility has played a major role in the shelter’s growth this past year. In October 2015, the animal shelter marked its first full year in the new facility. In that month alone, the shelter had more than 100 intakes and another 100 adoptions to match, she said.

“We have blown away our projections since we moved into the new building,” Lewis said. “Our average-per-month intake has increased about 40 percent from before the new facility. We can handle more animals and the community trusts us to.”

Lewis also believes the growth at the facility is due in part to the program’s increased community involvement. The shelter held a dozen informational events last year. As a result, more people know about the shelter’s mission, she said.

“The support from the community, from volunteers, fosters and donors is huge and it allows us to do all the things we do,” Lewis said. “The Friends of Quincy Animal Shelter are also major contributors to our success.”

The shelter in the past has projected a yearly 30 percent increase in animal intakes and adoptions, Lewis said. She expects at least that much growth this year.

“That puts us breaking 1,000 animals into the shelter and conversely into new homes in 2016,” she said.

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