King George County, VA
King George County is located in Virginia and has 24,000 residents. It lies between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, along the Potomac River. Animal control and sheltering is provided by a government agency, King George County Animal Control (KGCAC). A group of volunteers known as the King George Animal Rescue League (KGARL) partners with KGCAC to pull animals from the shelter.
This article from May 2012 describes how KGCAC and KGARL have used transports to help achieve their high save rates. The article describes how a Chow who was surrendered for being aggressive with children and who also had skin allergies was placed with an adoptive family in New Hampshire after volunteers worked for several months to find the placement. Like most successful rescues, KGARL uses social media. Their Facebook page has features on shelter animals and they run a Petfinder site for KGCAC. KGARL also provides assistance for low-cost spaying and neutering.
Virginia shelters report their statistics each year to the Virginia Department of Agriculture state database. KGCAC reported live release rates of 93%, 98%, 98%, and 96% in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 respectively. In 2013, the live release rate was 91%, with an intake of 664. The modified live release rate (with animals who died in shelter care added to euthanasias) was 95% in 2012 and 89% in 2013. The format for the state report does not have a separate category for owner-requested euthanasia.
King George County, Virginia, was originally listed by this blog on April 15, 2013, based on its 2012 statistics. This post is a revision and update with 2013 statistics.