Posted: Tuesday, July 30th 2013 at 12:17pm
More area animals saved, less are lost at the Hall Animal Shelter
By Jerry Gunn Staff
Justine Daniels, Hall County Animal Shelter Adoption Specialist, reports to Hall County Commissioners
GAINESVILLE – There is more hope for animals at the Hall County Animal Shelter, thanks to rescue groups and caring families who come to adopt them and give them a new home.
Animals brought in by owners no longer able to care for them, strays turned in, and those brought in by Animal Control officers have a much better chance of survival and a life with a new owner, according to Justine Daniels, the shelter’s adoption specialist. In her recent report to Hall County Commissioners, Daniels said the shelter now has an effective and efficient adoption program, with the goal of taking every measure possible to place animals in adoption before other steps have to be taken.
Intakes so far this year have dropped, according to Daniels, from 2012.
“We attribute this primarily to education within the community regarding our spay and neuter programs,” she said, adding that euthanasia figures are dropping.
Five thousand, 746 animals were returned to their owners, adopted, or euthanized in 2012, compared with 5,510 so far in 2013. In 2012 3,065 animals were euthanized, this year it was less; 2419, and that is where the adoption program comes in. Last year the shelter put down 957 animals that ran out of time but this year it was 621.
“That’s a substantial difference, and for a shelter our size that is a phenomenal number, to say that we’ve been able to‘re-home’ that many more animals,” Daniels said. “Four hundred and three of those animals adopted were individual adoptions to the public and 213 went to rescue groups in 2012.”
Daniels said this year the shelter has worked with rescue groups with increasing success.
“Of the 1,084 animals we’ve adopted so far from January through June this year, 678 of those went to rescue groups,” Daniels told commissioners. “Keep in mind that those rescue groups are paying an adoption fee of $85. It’s easier and more lucrative for the rescue groups to pay our adoption fee to have a fully ‘vetted’ animal. We are one of the few shelters in the area that offers a fully vetted animal for $85.”
Daniels explained that fully vetted means an animal has received all of its inoculations, is spayed or neutered, with an imbedded identification micro-chip.
Daniels works with about 70 active animal rescue groups approved by the Department of Agriculture, with some of them sending animals to northern states where there is a shortage of adoptable pets, and working with the ‘rescues’ has generated additional revenue.
“We have built an outside quarantine area,” Daniels said. “I was able offer a couple of groups a program where we could board the animals for them for a 14 day period. For that period we charged them $10 per night for each animal while they’re in that quarantine period.”
The quarantine meets state requirements and the shelter furnishes health certificates, so the shelter takes in the $85 dollar adoption fee plus the extra boarding revenue. Last year the shelter took in $91,074 and this year it went up to $115,710, an increase of almost $25,000.
Daniels pointed out the additional revenue supports adopting and saving more animals, to give them a new home and new hope.
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