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Animal Services Consults with Humane Society to Increase Adoptions

Thursday March 31, 2011

To help increase the number of adoptions, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Metro Animal Services will begin consulting with the Kentucky Humane Society on ideas for improvement.

Beginning April 1, the Society will work with the city to improve the care and treatment of animals, increase the number of adoptions and improve the management and maintenance of the city’s facilities.

“The Humane Society has shown that it is able to find loving homes for animals,” Fischer said. “Metro Animal Services can learn much from the Humane Society. We hope to increase the number of adoptions by working with the Society and with other rescue groups in our city.”

Mayor Fischer also announced that Susan Neumayer will become the new interim director of Animal Services and that the agency will change its hours to better serve customers. Debbie Fox will continue to work with Animal Services but will split her time with the agency and MetroSafe.

“Debbie stepped in to help us through a difficult period – and she committed to serving in the interim role until April 1,” Fischer said. “I am very grateful for the accomplishments that Debbie has made in a few short months, including beginning to clean up the facility, improving employee morale and using grant money to enhance the Manslick facility.”

Neumayer is a longtime city government employee who most recently worked in the “Louisville at Work” team, which was responsible for managing the city’s stimulus funding. The stimulus office has completed its work and is now closed.

Karen Koenig, of the Humane Society, starts her new consultancy position on Friday and she will remain in the role for up to three months while the city continues its top-to-bottom review of Metro Animal Services.

“We know that this move will immediately result in more adoptable animals finding loving homes,” Humane Society President Lori Redmon said. “With more than 100 years of service in the community, the Society has never been presented with an opportunity to immediately and positively impact so many people and pets.”

To help increase those adoptions, Animal Services and its Animal House Adoption Center will change their hours to better serve customers. The changes, which take effect April 11, are:

Animal Services, 3705 Manslick

To obtain a license, pay fees and clerical processing for releasing pets back to their owners:

Monday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Animal Services will continue to operate seven days a week for the intake of animals and for lost and found strays brought in by Animal Control Officers.

Kennels are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for people to reclaim lost pets or to adopt at the 3705 Manslick Road location.

Animal House Adoption Center, 3516 Newburg Road

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday – Noon to 7:00 p.m.

Monday – closed