MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – Mt. Juliet’s Animal Control is adjusting its operations to provide streamlined services, better response to animal complaints and dedicated viewing hours at the shelter.

The changes come after officials recently reviewed the animal control and shelter operations and set several new goals.

Among the goals set is increasing animal control patrol, decreasing response time to animal-related complaints and continue an effective cat control plan.

The shelter will also be open to the public on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In order to accomplish the new goals, officials said cats will no longer be accepted at the shelter unless exigent or emergency circumstances exist.

Officials also said an employee who was previously splitting time at the animal shelter and police department will now be dedicated to animal control full-time.

Nine cats that are currently at the shelter will remain there until they are adopted.

In 2015, animal control took in 228 animals and adopted or placed 212 animals.

No animals have been euthanized since the shelter’s inception.