News Stories From Our Van Grantees

From the Cumberland County Animal Services Newsletter, Dec 18, 2020:

“The department received a custom van designed by the manufacturing company Summit Bodyworks to be a Mobile Adoption Center (MAC) for pets. The vehicle can house up to 21 dogs or cats, depending on their size, to off-site adoption events where potential adopters can walk through the mobile center and see the available animals. In most cases, the pets will be able to go to their new home the same day.

‘The overall goal is having more pets adopted. We’re just thrilled because this is a great way to safely and securely transport the animals. It’s more comfortable for our staff. It’s also heated and air-conditioned,’ said Cumberland County Animal Services Director Elaine Smith.

The van will also assist during special circumstances, such as disaster evacuations, large animal cruelty cases and in partnering with other agencies in transporting animals to rescues in other areas to free up shelter space.”

From Norfolk Animal Care Center 13 News Now Article: April 1, 2019

“’We’re hoping to use it for different types of outreaches,’ she said. ‘We want to send adoptable animals home directly from the van.’

NACC hopes to buy a “U-Haul style” van with roll-up windows on the sides and space inside for customers to walk in and view the animals, Guckert said.

They are hoping to increase the number of adoptions through the new mobile program, she said.”

From Washington Humane Society The SCOOP: Fall 2012

“As part of our mission to save animals’ lives, WHS often hosts off-site adoption events at DC- area businesses to introduce more pets to potential adopters. Community support for such events is strong, and the new vehicle allows WHS more flexibility to expand our outreach activities to show more animals, especially dogs, in a broader range of high-traffic locations. One such place includes FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, where fans will be able to tail-gate with WHS pups at every home game this fall.

Adopt Force One will continue rolling into neighborhoods near where the community lives, works, and plays. You can find WHS animals at community days, in front of local businesses, or maybe even where you work.”