Back in 2012, the Corpus Christi Police Department took over the Animal Care Services facility.
So for the last five years, officers have been working to improve not only the public's perception of the division, but the quality of care the animals receive.
"If anyone was familiar with what the shelter was like back then, you can tell that some major improvements have been made," Capt. William Broyles said.
When an animal is originally picked up, it is scanned for a microchip, hoping to reunite it with its owner and prevent the animal from coming to the shelter at all.
However, if not, the animal is brought in, assessed, and given its own individual plan of care.
"The food has changed. We're building more runs for them right now as we speak. Their length of stay in our facility has decreased. Their live release has increased," Capt. Broyles said.
Aside from the physical changes like food and play space, ACS officials say their adoption rate is on the rise because of changes they've made in regards to marketing the animals.
ACS works closely with organizations like Pet Harbor and various rescues to spread the word about animals currently living in the facility.
"With that continued support and with the citizens behind us expecting us to do better every year, we should. There's no reason why we can't do better," Capt. Broyles said.
ACS also works with rescues around the country to find homes for animals that might not be adopted because of age or illnesses.
Animal Care Services hopes to remind the public that "shelter" is not a dirty word.
For more information on adoption and fostering services, head to the ACS facilities at 2626 Holly Rd.
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