HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- The Humane Society of Washington County has a lot to celebrate as they start the new year.
In 2013, they had more than two thousand animals adopted, which is the largest amount in the history of the organization.
"They deserve the love and attention that anyone does, and to find them homes and make them apart of a family is really wonderful," said Karen Williamson, customer service supervisor at the shelter.
Williamson overseas the adoptions and said that number was reached because they revamped the adoption process.
"We have tried to make them more adoption ready. We are making sure they are spray-neutered and have their rabies vaccinations; Many of times they can be adopted and go out the very same day," said Williamson.
For the first time, they partnered with businesses in the area to get the animals out of the shelter and into the community.
"We have adoption events at PetSmart and Petco," said Williamson. "They are all adoption ready. They can walk out the door with their adopters that same day, and that has made a big difference as well."
The Humane Society is working to adopt out even more animals than last year, and they say community involvement will be a major factor in making sure these animals find a permanent home.
"We would like to grow our adoption numbers even more by finding ways to engage the community and gain their support," said Williamson.
Williamson says the shelter is like a family,and although they want to surpass the numbers from last year, they are more concerned that the animals find a good home.