Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS) has named Operation Pets Alive (OPA) as its 501(c)3 non-prof


Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS) has named Operation Pets Alive (OPA) as its 501(c)3 non-profit partner. OPA is an attractive partner due to the breadth of life-saving programs the group already has in place. Based on the premise of a "no-kill" community, OPA's current focus is on the following programs:

  • Transports: Through OPA's Flight for Life and Pups on Trucks transports local at-risk dogs and cats are moved from MCAS to NE shelters, where family-friendly pets are adopted rapidly. OPA has transported over 2,300 dogs and cats since 2011, with the number increasing each year.

  • Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR): Feral, or roaming cats, taken to a shelter are typically killed. With TNR, feral cats are trapped, sterilized, vaccinated then returned to their colonies or placed for adoption if necessary. A feral cat's cropped left ear signifies it has been altered and vaccinated. With proper monitoring, feral cats can live long, happy lives and avoid crowding shelters.

  • Adoption Events: Since OPA does not have a physical shelter, they rely on offsite adoption events held at retailers such as Petco and Petsmart to place animals with local families. The partnership with MCAS will enable shelter dogs and cats to attend OPA off-site events.

  • Fostering: OPA's robust fostering program includes long-term fosters who keep pets through medical treatment until they are ready for adoption and also includes short-term fosters who typically keep pets for roughly two weeks while they wait to be transported to other shelters. OPA provides the veterinary services for foster animals