County reports 20% rise in pet adoptions

January 18, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Howard County Animal Control reported yesterday a record 20 percent increase in pet adoptions last year, as residents opened their homes and hearts to everything from cats and dogs to pot-bellied pigs and a tarantula.

There were 1,112 pet adoptions, compared with 927 in 1994. Last year marked the first time that more than 1,000 pets were adopted at the animal control facility in a year.

Animal Control, in the 8500 block of Davis Road in Columbia's Long Reach village, is part of the Howard County Police Department. Animal control officers trap stray animals, respond to public complaints about vicious or wandering pets and interview the people who apply to adopt animals.

Officials attribute some of the increase in adoptions last year to improvements in animal care at the shelter and an increase in programs to educate the public about the humane treatment of animals.

The animal shelter has matched pet lovers with dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, pot-bellied pigs, rats, birds, iguanas and a spider.

Anyone interested in adopting pets should call the shelter at 313-2780.

Police log

Long Reach: 5300 block of Oldstone Court: Someone broke a classroom window at Phelps Luck Elementary School between Jan. 7 and Jan. 11.

Oakland Mills: Someone stole a 1994 Plymouth Acclaim Saturday night. The car was recovered at Marley Station Mall in Anne Arundel County before the owner knew it had been stolen.

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