Part of our responsibility to you, the community, is to post data regarding the animals we take care of within the county.  Since 2013, the dogs and puppies taken into the Shelter and with the Humane Society has risen.  Most of these are owner surrender and more than half are puppies.  This is why it is critical for you to spay or neuter your pets.  We can help if you need it.  Even with the rise in intake, we have been able to reduce the euthanization rate from 38% in 2013 to 3% in 2017.  We have been able to accomplish this reduction with the help of PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin program and the follow-on transport program we have today.  With their help, we now have a transport van and work directly with Humane Societies and Shelters in New Jersey, Michigan and Wisconsin.  Below you will see our annual data for dogs.
 
 
 Dogs and Puppies 2013       2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 
 Intake 651 678 722 725 788  
 Adoptions 260 235 157 164 109  
 Transfers 153 344 498 510 640  
 Return to owner 52 71 20 26 27  
 Euthanization 186 28 47 25 30  

       
        
        
        
 
While the data supporting the live release of so many dogs, the sorry for the cats is not the same.  This is due to a lack of a transport program.  We have plans to build an outdoor cattery that will increase the number of cats we can care for but until we do, we will continue to have a high euthanization rate.
We are particularly concerned with the intake numbers in 2017.  It is wonderful  that the adoption rate went up but this was due to our reduced adoption fee for cats and kittens.  It is also puzzling that in addition to these, we have returned to field 1,180 free-roaming cats since 2014.  Please let us help you keep these numbers down through spay and neuter. 
  
 2014    2015 2016 2017
 Intake 492 487 460695 
 Adoptions 225 189 201 302
 Transfers 69    0 2 30
 Return to Owners 2 0 2 7
 Euthanization 200 222 215 224
 
Currently we calculate our live release percentage by determining what percentage the euthanization rate is of the intake.  We have recently placed our number of Shelter Animals Count and are learning a better way to track and indicate our successes.  Stay tuned for an update! 
We are delighted to become a partner with Bissell Foundation.  The Bissell Foundation is designed to address the growing problems of displaced, unwanted and homeless animals in the United State and to further help the animals find a home.  In 2011, Cathy Bissell, along with her sister, created a free website that provides tools for reuniting pets LostPetUSA.net.  She also spearheaded Partners for Pets, a program to help shelters and Humane Societies raise money for the animals.  Please visit www.bissell.com/savepets to find out how your purchases can help save the animals.  Thank you Bissell Foundation for caring.

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Thank you all the wonderful people who help care for and provide homes for the pets in Humphreys County.  You are a very kind and generous community and we appreciate your support.  I would like to tell you that over the past few months, several beautiful pets have gone missing. Many of these are large dogs and we are concerned that they may be used for dog baiting or fighting.  In addition. at least three dogs have been injured during this hunting season.  Please don't let your dogs run loose.  Know where they are at all times.  Keep them safe--their health and their lives depend on you.