Creation of a new advisory committee focused on animal care and welfare

MARYLAND, February 16 – For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Council Chairman Albornoz led efforts to create the Montgomery County Animal Services Advisory Committee

ROCKVILLE, Md., February 15, 2022–Today the Council unanimously adopted Bill 37-21, Animal Control – Animal Services Advisory Committee – Established. This new law, led by council chairman Gabe Albornoz, creates a committee to advise Montgomery County Council and the executive on matters relating to animal care and welfare.

Some of the areas the committee will focus on include animal rescue, promotion and adoption, animal population control, animal bite prevention, and educating the public about safe coexistence with the wildlife. The committee will also provide advice on matters related to the operation of the county’s Office of Animal Services (OAS).

“A caring community shows compassion to all of our animal friends, especially those who are lost or in pain,” said council chairman Albornoz, who also chairs the health and human services committee. “The mission of our Animal Services and Adoption Center is not just to provide care for lost and stray animals, but to find loving homes for them. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are cared for. This new advisory board will help ensure that our animals are treated with humanity and compassion.”

Animal welfare issues are of significant interest to a large segment of county residents, as evidenced by the activity and calls at the Montgomery County Animal Adoption and Services Center and the number of organizations at actively supported nonprofits providing rescue and care services. for pets and wildlife.

Additionally, the county is home to a wide variety of animal care experts and related organizations who can provide OAS with support and expertise that will allow OAS to better serve residents and animals.

The Animal Services Advisory Committee will have 11 voting members, who will represent various stakeholders, and three ex-officio non-voting members from the Animal Services Board. All members will be nominated by the Executive and confirmed by the Board.

More information on Bill 37-21 can be found in the Council staff report.

If you are looking to adopt a pet, please visit Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center.

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