Together We Can Make A Difference
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Please check our website for our current hours. You will find them at humanesocietyoffultoncounty.com/adoption_hours
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 such as
- Name, sex and age of your pet
- Any unique characteristics
- Where was your pet lost
- When was your pet lost
- Was youer pet wearing a collar and/or tags
- What breed is your pet
- What color is your pet or are there any distinguishing markings
- What is his coat like e.g. long, short etc
- Is his tail docked
- Has your pet been altered
Please be sure to leave your name and a current phone number. All of these things will help us get your pet home to you. 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 list. People sometime describe pets differently, so please come into the shelter yourself and check for your pet. 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 list and try and get your pet returned quicker.
Volunteer Orientation Meetings
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. We especially need help with Petsmart and Adoption Events as well as fostering and transporting.
To find out when the next volunteer orientation meeting is, go to our webpage at humanesocietyoffultoncounty.com/volunteer
Spay & Neuter Program
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 doesn't matter if you spay or neuter your cat, THINK AGAIN!!
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 and once it is approved they can pick it up at our office. We also offer low cost spaying and neutering through APL so if you are interested in learning more about this please call for more information
Keep in mind that all vets set their own prices so 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 and you need to call around and check for the lowest price. Some vet's will also work with you on a payment plan so don't be afraid to ask.
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 animals could be prevented and shelters wouldn't be overflowing. Won't you please consider having your pets spayed or neutered? If you have already done so, THANK YOU!
Adopting a Friend
The adoption fee for all dogs is $100 and cats and kittens are just $60 for one or $100 for 2 cats/kittens which includes spaying or neutering, microchipping, and rabies shots through our APL program. 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.
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 so please be responsible ahead of time.
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. 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.
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 try to keep the Petfinder site updated but sometimes adoptions happen quickly and we don't always have a chance to update as quickly as we would like. Sometimes we have to move quickly, especially when the shelter gets full.
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. Please check our website volunteer page for the next date and time.
We are always in need of monetary donations to help cover the cost of medical treatment for the animals and other needs. 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. Transportation of animals to rescues and Adoption Events is also a big cost we are faced with.
We know how tough things are right now in this economy. Any amount you can give will help. You can mail your donations to: HSFC, P.O. Box 701, Canton, IL 61520 OR use the Donate Button at the top of the page. Thank you!
Sponsor a Pet
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 would prefer to donate through Paypal you may do that as well. 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. Look for the yellow Donate button on the pet's detail page or at the top of this page.
Usually there is a 3 day reclaim period for animals that have been picked up in Fulton County. After that time, Animal Control will release the dogs and cats to the Humane Society so we can work to find them homes. 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. 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 in our shelter and are working on a lost and found feature for our website. 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.