DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is nearing capacity, with more than 160 dogs that need to be adopted, but the interim director is confident the ARC is moving in the right direction.
Bob Gruhl says the ARC is undergoing many changes -cultural, policy, and others- and he’s excited about the direction they’re headed in. He says their chief focus is always on the care of the animals, and they need the public’s help right now.
Robert Gruhl says, “Right now we’re at approximately 162 dogs, approximately a dozen cats in our shelter. That’s pretty high. We’re rapidly approaching our capacity for intake.”
Warmer weather means more strays, so more animals are ending up at the ARC. “They key is really getting the animals that do come into the shelter stabilized, both medically and physically, and then getting them prepared for the adoption.”
An April adoption event should alleviate some of the load, but great animals are ready now. The ARC continues to recover after a report from Team Shelter USA criticized the policy on euthanizing animals. Gruhl says addressing those concerns has contributed to the high numbers currently in the shelter. “There’s clearly a higher scrutiny on animals that unfortunately have to be put down.”
But he is pleased with the overall progress, pointing to several changes like a new foster program that will more quickly prepare animals for their new homes. “We are making tremendous, incremental progress. We’re very excited about our future.”
The ARC is also bulking up their staff to make sure they can properly support all the animals in their care. Bob Gruhl says 32 people are on staff right now, and they’re looking to hire even more.