The Corpus Christi Animal Shelter set an all time record for adoptions during the month of September, 2012, finding new homes for 108 deserving dogs and cats. According to department officials it is the first time the shelter has exceeded the century mark for adoptions, and continues a steady increase of adoptions during recent months.
The increased number of adoptions can be attributed to several factors, according to Animal Care and Control Division staff. In July, the Shelter remodeled and expanded the Adoption Kennel Area from 26 to 58 kennels. Besides adding additional kennel space for adoptions, the remodeling allowed the public to tour the adoption kennels unescorted by Animal Shelter staff. People Assisting Animal Control (PAAC) donated two dog runs, allowing customers a safe place to get acquainted with their prospective new pets. On September 15th, PAAC sponsored the first ever “free adoption” event at the Shelter, where PAAC paid the city adoption fees for all dogs and cats adopted during a two-hour period. 56 dogs and cats were adopted on that day alone.
Perhaps the most significant factor contributing to the increase in adoptions was the hiring of Interim Veterinarian Dr. Melissa Draper DVM in early August. Dr. Draper has an impressive resume in shelter medicine and comes to Corpus Christi after serving as the Medical Director for the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans. Prior to that, Dr. Draper served as the Chief Veterinarian for the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services and the Chief Veterinarian for the Animal Defense League in San Antonio. Dr. Draper earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science at Louisiana Tech University and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Louisiana State University. Dr. Draper has already implemented numerous improvements to the standard operating procedures at the Animal Shelter, and has worked tirelessly to provide vaccinations and spay/neutering services to enable the Shelter to increase adoptions. With her invaluable assistance, the Animal Care and Control Division hopes to continue the steady increase in adoptions and improve services to the community.