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Animal Control Awarded Grant for Mobile Pet Adoption Van ​

Oct 07, 2019

Cumberland County Animal Control has been awarded a $160,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation for the purchase of a mobile pet adoption van.

The customized vehicle will feature built-in kennels and will be used to transport animals to off-site adoption events. Potential adopters will be able to see and interact with animals in the vehicle. The van can hold up to 21 animals.

“This will save staff time and effort as far as set-up for adoption events, and it will also be less stressful for the animals,” said Animal Control Director Elaine Smith.

With the new vehicle, Animal Control will have the ability to participate in more off-site adoption events, including those during the summer. The department generally doesn’t schedule events in June, July, August and September because of the heat.

The van will also assist during special circumstances, such as disaster evacuations, large animal cruelty cases and in partnering with other agencies in transporting animals to rescues in other areas to free up shelter space.

In addition, the van will feature a colorful exterior graphics package that will help promote pet adoption and the County’s Animal Shelter. 

“We want to thank the Stanton Foundation for this grant and look forward to hitting the road for pet adoption events in the community,” Smith said.

The Stanton Foundation adoption van program is designed to help high volume, open intake shelters across the country increase adoptions and organizational visibility within their communities. Through bringing dogs out into the community, the Foundation hopes to increase ownership and reduce shelter populations of dogs in America. The Foundation provides a one-time capital grant for the van and associated customization costs. To learn more, visit thestantonfoundation.org.

For more information about adopting a pet from the shelter, call 910-321-6852. You can see animals available for adoption any time at http://bit.ly/CCAdoptablePets or the Friends of Cumberland County Shelter Animals Facebook page at facebook.com/CCACanimalfriends.

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