Cumberland County Animal Services is ready to hit the road – literally – with a new mobile adoption van designed to encourage more shelter animal adoptions.
The mobile adoption van makes it easier for people to adopt animals by getting them out of the shelter and into communities where they can find a home forever.
The department received a custom van designed by manufacturing company Summit Bodyworks to be a mobile adoption center (MAC) for pets. The vehicle can accommodate up to 21 dogs or cats, depending on their size, for offsite adoption events where potential adopters can walk around the mobile center and see available animals. In most cases, the animals will be able to go to their new home on the same day.
“The overall goal is to have more adopted pets. We’re just thrilled because it’s a great way to transport animals safely. It’s more comfortable for our staff. It’s also heated and air conditioned, ”said Elaine Smith, Cumberland County Animal Services Manager.
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The van was funded through a grant program from the Stanton Foundation, which supports municipal shelters across the country in their efforts to adopt more dogs. The van features a colorful exterior graphics set designed by county staff to help promote pet adoption and the county animal shelter.
The van will also assist in special circumstances, such as disaster evacuations, large animal cruelty cases and partnering with other agencies to transport animals to rescues in other areas to free up space in shelters.
Due to COVID-19, most public events are on hold and there are currently no events planned for the department. Event organizers who wish to include the Mobile Adoption Center in the future can email [email protected] to request to be on the department’s calendar.
Adoptions in person at the shelter are by appointment only. All COVID-19 protocols, including mask wearing and social distancing, are in place. The refuge is located at 4704 Corporation Drive. Go to petharbor.com to view adoptable animals. Dial 910-321-6852 to make an appointment.
Jon Soles is the Public Information Specialist for the Cumberland County Government. You can reach him at 910-321-6579 or [email protected]
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