“Most significant year to date”

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA.

The shelter’s executive director, Huck Nawaz, said that in the previous 49 years, 2021 was RHSPCA’s “most significant year to date”.

A record 1,625 animals have found their forever homes in 2021 thanks to the RHSPCA, which has more than 400 more animals than it adopted in 2020.

“The programs have made all of this success possible for us. The most impacting for us has been the growth of our hospitality programs, ”said Nawaz. “We have an average of over 150 foster animals throughout the year.”

Nawaz also noted that the shelter’s community cat program has helped many felines throughout the year.

This program began in 2021, offering vouchers for cats that live outdoors so owners can microchip, modify and vaccinate cats. Nawaz said this helps reduce the community’s cat population, thereby reducing the number of cats and kittens they welcome at the shelter.

He said he hopes these programs will continue to grow in 2022.

“The animals benefit so much from being away from the shelter in a family setting, so the two main goals are going to be increasing those adoptions, especially through foster homes for us, thus decreasing this reliance on transfers, and then, of course. , decreasing entries into the shelter for us, ”Nawaz said.

A new year brings new goals, and Nawaz said a major goal for the refuge in 2022 is to create sustainability.

“We still rely on transfers to other shelters. Although we have reduced that number, we have transferred over 400 pets to our partner shelters, ”said Nawaz. “We want to be self-reliant. “

The overall live release rate from the shelter was 95% in 2021.

For more information on the RHSPCA and its adoptable animals, click on here.

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