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County’s New State-of-the-Art Animal Services and Adoption Center Now Open top

Photo: Animal Services and Adoption Center

The new Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) in Derwood.

More than 600 members of the community were on hand on Saturday, March 1 to participate in the official ribbon cutting for the new Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) in Derwood.  The shelter opened to the public on Sunday, March 2.
           
“We’ve turned our vision into reality,” said County Executive Ike Leggett.  “It is not just the animals but everyone who loves and cares for them who will reap the benefits of this wonderful facility for years to come.”

The new complex replaces the outdated shelter on Rothgeb Drive in Rockville that lacked sufficient space and equipment to meet current needs. The MCASAC is operated by the Montgomery County Police Department’s Animal Services Division. 

“The Montgomery County Animal Services Division became part of the Police Department 18 years ago,” said Police Chief J. Thomas Manger.  “Our core mission hasn’t changed, but this brand new facility allows us to run a public adoption center, provide more animal-related education resources to the County and better meet the County’s ever-growing animal-related needs.”
Photo: Adopting Cat
Programs and services offered at the new center include:  adoptions, lost and found, pet licensing,field services, pet-owner and adopter support and foster and volunteer opportunities. The grounds include a barn that will provide care for horses and other livestock.  Staff and volunteers have a walking trail and outdoor screened exercise runs to provide adoptable animals with access to fresh air and exercise.

The center is located at 7315 Muncaster Mill Rd., Derwood, and is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday – noon to 5 p.m.; and closed on Wednesdays.

For more information, call 240-773-5900 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/animalservices.




published by office of public information, sue tucker
Last edited: 3/28/2014