CHARLOTTESVILLE,  Va. (CBS19 NEWS) --The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA broke a record last year.

The no-kill shelter adopted out 3,336 animals in 2019, most of which were cats, which was the highest adoption rate the shelter has seen since it became no-kill in 2006.

The clinic also spayed or neutered almost 6,500 pets last year, almost 1,000 more than in 2018.

More than 1,000 pets were given life-saving surgeries, up by several hundred over 2018, and microchips were implanted in more than 3,700 pets.

CASPCA Executive Director Angie Gunter says she is proud of the accomplishments.

"So we just had an exceptional year we had the highest number of adoptions since becoming a no-kill community since 2006," she said.
"We also had, which is very exciting, we had the highest live release rate we have ever had at 97 percent."

The shelter also transferred in 1,166 animals that were at risk of euthanasia due to overcrowding in their home shelters.

In total, 570 animals were returned to their owners, and the shelter also increased the number of animals going into foster care by 25 percent. Of those fostered animals, 601 were adopted straight from foster.

The shelter also saw an increase in the number of people bringing their pets to its Compassionate Care Clinics, including its first-ever off-site clinic that took place at the Southwood Community Center.

Gunter credits her staff, volunteers and foster pet homes for getting so many animals ready for adoption.

She also calls the Charlottesville-Albemarle area an incredible animal-friendly community.