Animal Control says it's due to a number of factors.
Summer is vacation time, but this is a very busy period at the Frederick County Animal Shelter. According to Animal Control Director Harold Domer, the period between April and October is usually the time when a lot of pet owners bring in their dogs and cats because they don't want them any longer. "Financial obligations is one," says Domer. "A frequent reason for relinquishing an animal is a person's moving."
On average during the year, he says, the Animal Shelter has about 3600 kittens and cats, and 1400-1800 puppies and dogs. That totals to around 5600, says Domer.
Prior to anyone adopting one of these dogs or cats from the shelter, Domer says they are encouraged to do research on the breed of dog or cat they want in their home. "We do require an adult member of the family to go through an interview process that talks about the good things the animal will do," he says. "I think it is important that, as we all know, with the pets that we have, there are times where incidents occur which doesn't necessarily please the family. So you have to take the good with the bad."
For those who have had a pet before and want to adopt, Domer says the animal's veterinary history is reviewed to make sure the dog or cat was up to date on its shots and received regular health care. "The routine medical visit to the veterinarian is critical to assure the animal remains in good health throughout its lifetime," he says.
Anyone who wants more information on adopting a pet should call 301-600-1564. They can also drop by the Animal Shelter at 1832 Rosemont Avenue in Frederick. The hours are 10-5, Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 10-8, Wednesday and Thursday; and 10-4 on Saturday.