As you all know, businesses all across the county have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have had to shut down completely while some chose to operate by appointment only basis with a limited staff. Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Maryland was a business that was down but is back up and running. Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC decided to head over to their center in Derwood and surprise them for their reopening.
They have been closed during the pandemic to the public but the work for them hasn’t stopped. Their team has continued to rescue animals and provide emergency care when needed as the only open-admission municipal shelter in Montgomery County.
Fox 5 DC’s Mike Thomas caught up with Deputy Executive Director Lex Lepiarz and she let him in on a great deal of information. According to Lepiarz, the community has been a great support system during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been able to send many animals to foster care while still being able to admit animals in their facility. Her only hope is that the community continues to show the same support as they reopen.
Lepiarz was shocked as Thomas spoke to Joel Bassam of Easterns on a video call. Bassam announced that they were going to Pay It Forward by encouraging people to “Clear the Shelter” and adopt pets by paying the adoption fees of the first 50 people who choose to provide homes for dogs and cats. This incentive will be a great help as many people may want to adopt but just don’t have the funds right now. If you would like to learn more about Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center and their adoption process, please click here.
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Watch the video to see the way everything unfolded.
YouTube Link – https://youtu.be/_mkeP44_R1k