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Animal Services Boasts Best Live Release Numbers in the State For 3rd Quarter

Post Date:11/14/2018 12:23 PM

November 14, 2018

Cecil County Animal Services Director Abigail Bingham with Hope.

CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD. – Dedicated staff, selfless volunteers and fosters, loyal partnerships and many wonderful donations. Those are the things that Abigail Bingham, Director of Cecil County Animal Services (CCAS) credits with the two-year old shelter’s ongoing success.

CCAS recently released its third quarter numbers (July, August and September) boasting the highest live release numbers for any open admission facility in the State of Maryland. The euthanasia rate for dogs was 5% and for cats at 7%.

“Despite being in a critical position being short staffed and overwhelmed with animals that needed us, our staff truly accomplished what so many others would have deemed as impossible,” added Bingham. “Our recent quarterly report indicated we took in 195 dogs and 747 cats – that’s 19 more dogs and 239 more cats this quarter compared to numbers this time last year.” 

Through the end of October 2018, the shelter had a total live intake number of 2,961, consisting of 2043 cats, 864 dogs and 54 exotics. In comparison, for calendar year 2017, the shelter reported 2,390 total live intakes. Animal control calls were at 1,058 (through October 2018) compared to 972 for the 2017 calendar year. If numbers remain consistent, the shelter could see a 272% increase in live intakes from FY15 to FY19.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our organization,” expressed Bingham. “This would not have been possible without the support of our volunteers, adopters, fosters, community, and rescue partners. Our team has worked tirelessly to ensure every animal that comes into our facility gets the lifesaving care it needs and has an opportunity for a happily ever after. This celebratory achievement not only highlights our accomplishments, but exhibits what comes to fruition when so many of us come together for the sake of the animals.”

CCAS serves as the County’s Animal Welfare and Enforcement Authority. The organization offers quality care to animals in the community through the management of an open-admission shelter. CCAS is committed to providing exceptional care and innovative services to the animals and people of Cecil County through the preservation and promotion of the human/animal bond and the protection of animals from abuse and neglect, while ensuring thoughtful consideration is given to the best interest of the community.

Due to an abundance of cats and kittens, CCAS is currently offering free cat adoptions, which includes age appropriate vaccinations, spay or neuter and microchipping.

Learn more about adopting, fostering, volunteering or donating by visiting the shelter at 3280 Augustine Herman Highway in Chesapeake City, MD. Shelter hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 12-5:30 PM; Wednesday, 2-7PM; Saturday, 11AM-4PM, Sunday, 12-4PM and closed on Mondays.

Potential adopters are also welcome to visit to view some of the animals currently seeking their forever homes. Bingham also recommends that the community follow their Facebook page at for information on animals who have misplaced their families, shelter events and other adoption specials throughout the year.


Photo caption: “Hope was my beloved, twenty year old, FIV positive, office kitty. She gracefully crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday, November 13th -- just days after this photo was taken. Hope, as she so lovingly was called, truly was the embodiment of her name. At 18 years old, she was found in an ice storm and came to our facility in a plastic tote. She was losing her toe nails and half her ear fell off during her first week with us. She was thin, sickly, but tougher than tough. She won my heart and my staff’s hearts and ruled over my office for two years. Hope wasn’t just special to me but an incredible reminder of the work we do at our shelter every day. We give ‘hope’ to those who feel lost. We give ‘hope’ to those who are in a dark place. And, we give ‘hope’ to those who feel hopeless. Please open your hearts to the hopeless, the lost, and those in the darkness. They are the ones that need us the most in rescue. Myself and my team are better people because of this incredible cat’s story of survival and the love we were able to give her these last two years after humans failed her.” ~ For the animals, Abigail Bingham.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government

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