FARMINGTON -- Davis County Animal Services has entered into an agreement with Best Friends Animal Society to add a full-time pet adoption specialist.
The county will receive $14,500 from the animal society, Davis County Animal Services Director Clint Thacker said.
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission received the funds from the animal group.
"It's like one-time money, specifically for the full-time adoption specialist. The agreement covers about half the cost of the salary for the (position)," Thacker said.
The remaining half of the salary will be paid for by the county, he said.
The position has been filled, and the person will start Monday. The person who filled the position is an individual who had been volunteering their time with the shelter, Thacker said.
The hope is that the position will help the shelter maintain the momentum it has experienced lately in adopting out pets, Thacker said.
During the first quarter of 2012, the shelter has adopted out more than 300 pets, compared to having adopted out about 200 pets in the same time last year, officials said.
Giving the animals more face time in public by holding special adoption sites at area pet stores on the weekends is one of the factors behind the increase.
"Thank you for being so innovative," Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs told Thacker.
Thacker said, in addition, PetSmart in Layton, through its relocation within that city, has donated to the shelter 30 stainless steel kennels. The kennels have a combined value of $10,000, he said.
In the past few months, the shelter has partnered with PetSmart, which has offered exterior space to the county for temporary pet adoption sites on Saturdays.