The Humane Society of Fulton County
The Humane Society of Fulton County
Together We Can
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Missing your pet??
Please make sure you check with the shelter as soon as your pet is missing. Call us and give us as many details about your pet as possible. Where was he lost? When? Was he wearing a collar and/or tags? What breed is he and what color? What is his coat like....long, short? Is his tail docked? Has your pet been altered? We need to know if it is a male or female, age, unique characteristics,his NAME, your name and a current phone number. All of these things will help us get your pet home to you. It is amazing how many call in and leave a message on the machine for us to call them but forget to leave their numbers. Then they call back and are upset that no one called them. PLEASE call Animal Control and the Humane Society and let us know as soon as you discover your pet is missing and also let us know as soon as he is found so we can take it off our board. Come see for yourself if your pet is there. What you may call a beagle may look like a jack russell terrier to us. You also have to remember that even though your pet may not be at the shelter, someone else may have found your pet and has called in to let us know so if you call us we can check the board.
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION MEETING
We are in desperate need of volunteers! If you have been considering volunteering at the shelter, please come to the next volunteer orientation meeting at the Humane Society. If you aren't a member yet, no problem! We can sign you up when you attend the meeting. The next orientation is set for February 23rd at 1:00 p.m.. at the shelter. We especially need help with Petsmart and Adoption Events as well as fostering and transporting.
What happens when we are full?
Sometimes we get dogs and cats in faster than we can get them out. Every time we think we might be okay we get more in. So many people are giving up their pets because they feel they can no longer afford to feed them. They wouldn't dream of giving up their daily cup of coffee at the gas station or their cigarettes. They have to have those. How do they plan to cut corners? They give up their pet saying it cost too much to feed them. They have convinced themselves that if they bring them into the shelter the dog or cat will find a home. What they don't realize is that sometimes we get so full and even though we have tried our very best to get them out some of these wonderful pets may be euthanized. Since we are the only shelter in the entire county we get strays in from all the towns in the county as well as all the pets that their owners have given up. Add in the many litters of puppies and kittens that "magically" appear in peoples' garages and under their porches and we have a big problem. We are hoping that as more people become aware of the overpopulation problem that they will do their part and have their pet spayed or neutered. We want to thank the many country folks who take in and care for the dogs and cats that have been dumped near their homes in the country. Some end up keeping the animals and others care for them until they can `bring them safely into the shelter. If you see anyone dump an animal from their vehicle, please get their license plate number and call the police. It is a crime to dump animals and needs to stop!!!! A lot of animals cannot fend for themselves and become victims of coyotes, vehicles, farm machinery, poison, and the weather. Kittens and puppies can only last a short time exposed to the weather. Whether you are an animal lover or not, we all need to look out for the safety and welfare of these animals. If you suspect abuse or neglect, please make a call to Animal Control or the shelter and we will see that it gets investigated. Please get involved. You could save a life.
We are in desperate need of volunteers to help out during our Petsmart weekends. If you like animals and are good with the public PLEASE consider volunteering some of your time at Petsmart. We don't always have enough volunteers to be able to take as many animals as we would like and that means some terrific pets get left at the shelter. We have to have extra help if we are to take any dogs in and sometimes it is hard enough to get someone there for the cats. The cats stay at Petsmart during the week. We do have to take the dogs into Petsmart on Saturday and Sunday and then back to the shelter that evening if they have not been adopted. You can help save a life and help that one dog or cat meet his potential owner. Volunteering is so rewarding and there is no feeling better than watching one of our pets connect with their new owners and go off to their new homes.
Spay and Neuter programs
Do you ever wonder what happens to that cute little kitten or puppy at the shelter? We want to remind responsible pet owners to spay or neuter their pets to avoid unwanted kittens and puppies. Shelters all over the country get over run by kittens and puppies. It is a shame that so many of these babies will never get a chance to grow up. This can be prevented, though. If each owner would get their pet spayed or neutered then the vast number of unwanted kittens and puppies would decrease and less would have to be euthanized. There are programs set in place to help with the cost of spaying and neutering and shelters usually offer a voucher to help with the cost. Some shelters have already had the surgeries done and include the cost in the adoption fee. We have a voucher available for Fulton County residents. All they have to do is fill out an application and turn it in. Once it is approved they can pick it up at our office. All vets have their own set prices. Don't be put off by the first vet just because their price is high. There are some that offer lower cost spaying and neutering. You just have to call around and check for the lowest price. Some will also work with you on a payment plan. You will never know unless you ask. We do offer low cost spaying and neutering through APL so if you are interested in learning more about this please call for more information. If you adopt from us, APL is included in the adoption fee. Did you know that one unspayed female cat, her mate, and all of their offspring can increase the feline population by approximately 20,736 cats in only four years?!! That is over 5,000 cats EACH year from one set of cats. So if you think it won't matter if you spay or neuter your cat, think again. Just think of what we could do if everyone did the responsible thing and had their pets spayed and neutered. Senseless deaths of thousands of helpless kittens, dogs, cats, and puppies could be prevented. Shelters wouldn't be overflowing. And many lives could be saved. Won't you please consider having your pets spayed or neutered? If you have already done so, THANK YOU!
GREAT DOGS! GREAT CATS! GREAT VOLUNTEERS! Thank you for viewing our Petfinder site. We are confident you will find an animal who will become a valuable member of your family very soon! Our website is up and running and is a work in progress. It is www.humanesocietyoffultoncounty.com
Adopting a Friend
The adoption fee for all dogs is $100 and cats and kittens are just $60 for one!!! We charge a flat fee of $100 for a dog and $60 for a cat or 2 cats for $100 which includes spaying or neutering, microchipping, and rabies shots if you allow us to send them to APL for you. If you choose to use your own vet, the adoption fee stays the same but we will give you a spay/neuter voucher for $50 to give to your vet. If you let us send them to APL, they will leave early one morning and come back the next. Their vet will microchip, alter, and give them a rabies shot if needed and if they are old enough. We have everyone fill out an adoption application when they are interested in one of our animals. We may ask for a vet reference so please have that information available, especially where the bully breeds are concerned. We also ask for letters from landlords stating that you may own a cat or dog, especially if it is a bully breed dog. Too many times the landlord has either changed his mind or found out that someone had an animal in the apartment without permission and the animal comes back to the shelter. That is too hard on the pet. Cats and dogs that are featured at Petsmart will already be spayed or neutered and will be up to date on their shots. If you see PENDING beside an animal's name that means that we have an adoption pending. It does NOT mean that they are in danger of being euthanized. We do put URGENT beside each name to let you know that we do have a time and space issue and that if that animal is not adopted within a certain period of time or if we run out of room that animal may be euthanized for space. CRITICAL means the animal will be euthanized unless we can get them adopted soon. That means that we are overly full or the animal has been at the shelter for a long period of time. We do everything in our power to get an animal placed before that happens but sometimes we get so many dogs or cats in a short period of time that we get overwhelmed and run out of time and kennels. We don't get enough adoptions through the shelter to save all the animals that come in so we do send some to rescues. Most often that cat or dog will be in a foster home awaiting an adoption rather than being in a kennel environment. We also take some of our dogs and cats to Petsmart so they can get more exposure and hopefully find their new owners. I try to keep the Petfinder site updated but sometimes adoptions happen quickly and I don't always have a chance to update as quickly as I would like. Sometimes we have to move quickly, especially when the shelter gets full. If we get too full, and we don't have enough adoptions or other placement for our animals, some will be euthanized for lack of space. I wish we had the time and luxury of holding every dog and cat until the perfect adopter came in for them but we just don't have the space. I realize the frustration some of you face to find a dog up on the site one day and down the next but be assured we are doing everything we possibly can to find them loving homes. At this current time our save rate is 99 percent.
Volunteering and Donations
Volunteers and donations are always welcome. If you are retired, a stay at home mom, or just have some extra time remember we need you! Just knowing that you have helped a homeless animal is very fulfilling. Our volunteers are valued and respected. We have Volunteer Orientations monthly. Our next one is scheduled for February 23, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the shelter. We are always in need of $$, of course. The Humane Society provides all the dogs parvo/distemper vaccinations upon entering the shelter. We test all dogs that are adopted with a heartworm check. Cats are tested for FIV/Leuk before adoption and given Felovax shots. Also, we try to give basic medical care while the animals are at the shelter. Gas money for transport of animals to rescues would be much appreciated as well. We know how tough things are right now. Not only our food but the cost of gas has skyrocketed. Any amount of $$ you can give will help. You can mail your donations to: HSFC, P.O. Box 701, Canton, IL 61520. Thank you!
The Sponsor a Pet program is up and running. Each pet's page will have a button that will allow you to sponsor a pet using Paypal. You will be asked to create a Petfinder account to make things easier for you the next time you want to sponsor a pet After processing, the sponsorship money you donate goes into our account and after the end of the quarter, we will have access to the money. If you want to donate through Paypal you may. It is much quicker and you will get a receipt from Paypal to show that your "payment" has been made. We will be able to access that money much sooner than through the Sponsor a Pet program. There is a yellow "Donate" button at the end of each animal's write up.
The Humane Society of Fulton County
22988 IL Hwy 9
P.O. Box 701
Canton, IL 61520
Email for directions or go to www.mapquest.com or yahoo.com.
Humane Society Office Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Please keep in mind that our office is run by volunteers and they may not have time to show the animals during office hours unless it is otherwise indicated below.
Animal Viewing and Adoption Hours:
Mondays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays evenings 5:00 to 8:00 p.m..
Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fridays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sundays 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
And by appointment
We do have a reclaim period for animals that have been picked up in Fulton County. If you think you see your animal on our site you may call Animal Control at 309-647-4861 to make arrangements to reclaim your pet. Usually there is a 3 day reclaim period. After that time, Animal Control will release the dogs and cats to the Humane Society so we can work to find them homes. Normally any pet still in reclaim won't be posted on Petfinder. Depending on the availability of information and pictures, animals that have been turned over to the Humane Society are usually posted on Petfinder within a week after entering the shelter.
NOTE: Not all animals are posted on Petfinder. Due to the large number of animals that come in not all may be posted on Petfinder right away. The pictures, write ups, etc are all done by volunteers and depends on their schedule. Some of the smaller dogs or fancier breeds may not be listed due to the overwhelming number of emails we receive regarding them so please call the shelter to see if your pet has been brought in. We do try to keep a list of "lost" and "found" pets on the board. Sometimes we are able to match the owner of the pet up with someone who has found them and is keeping them safe while searching for the owner. Sometimes the shelter gets too full and animals may be euthanized so PLEASE CHECK as soon as you notice that your pet is missing. Sometimes we will post our new animals on our Facebook page in hopes someone will know the owner and help us reunite the dog or cat with his owner.
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