April 30 marked National Adopt a Pet Day, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are currently no animals to adopt at the Montgomery County Animal Control Facility in Hillsboro.
“I’ve been here for the past eight years and was a volunteer before that, and in that time, this building has never been empty, until a few weeks ago,” said Animal Control Warden Amanda Daniels.
Due to the ongoing shelter-in guidelines, Daniels said that more people are staying home and caring for their pets. In addition, she added that animal adoptions around the state and the country have skyrocketed during this time.
“That’s somewhat of a silver lining,” she said. “People are taking care of their pets.”
Daniels said they do currently have a limited staff at the facility to take care of animals. Right now, they are taking care of a few animals for a family whose home was destroyed in a fire.
She added they encourage those interested in adopting pets to check them out on www.petfinder.com or their Facebook page. When pets are available for adoption, they do take appointments to limit the traffic into the facility. Anyone who needs help with a stray animal or has a concern should still call the Montgomery County Animal Control Facility.
“We are doing our best to keep animals clean and safe and doing welfare checks,” she said. “We are doing our best with a limited staff. Rain, sleet, snow or pandemic, we’re still here.”
For more information, call the Montgomery County Animal Control Facility at 21-532-3334.