2013-07-30 / Front Page

Adoption Rates Up In 2013 At Owen County Humane Society

Shelter Still In Need Of Additional Funding And Volunteers For Animals
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

A recent feline addition to the animals housed at the Owen County Humane Society cuddles up to shelter manager Candace Dean. 
(Staff Photo) A recent feline addition to the animals housed at the Owen County Humane Society cuddles up to shelter manager Candace Dean. (Staff Photo) She hasn’t quite reached her personal goal of adopting out at least one furry companion each day, but shelter manager Candace Dean has made steady progress by dramatically increasing adoption rates at the Owen County Humane Society in less than a year’s time.

The no-kill shelter is currently home to about a dozen dogs that have been housed at the location on rural Romona Road for more than a year, down considerably from the spring 2012 total of more than 40 that had been housed at the shelter for over a year. All six cats that started the year as residents of the shelter have been adopted out.

Thus far in 2013, a total of 154 dogs have been taken in, along with 130 cats, while 150 dogs and 113 cats have been adopted. A total of 38 animals were adopted in the past two months, with five cats taken in the last week at Petsmart in Bloomington.

The shelter has adopted out 16 animals in the month of July, however, there are currently more than 50 dogs and roughly 50 cats currently listed on a shelter waiting list for housing. Approximately half of the shelter’s adoptions are made at Petsmart locations in Bloomington and Avon or online on Petfinder.com.

“We’ve been very busy, adoptions have been up this year, but they have gone down some in the last couple of months,” Dean said. “I think it’s just because with the time of year we’re in, there are so many puppies and kittens people can get for free. When I first got the job, I expected this time of year to be busier with the weather being nice. We have also received a lot of ‘barn cats,’ we have about five or six now that we need to get placed.”

The shelter is also promoting Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, Inc.’s Spay-Neuter Assistance Program. By taking part in the program, Indiana residents with limited incomes can have their animals spayed or neutered for just $10 after filling out an application and receiving a voucher to take to a local, participating veterinarian. Applications are available at the shelter.

“We raised money to rebuild our kennels outside and I’m hoping that will create more space, but we’re still trying to figure that out,” Dean said. “Our board members have been going to other shelters to see their set-up. The problem with ours is what we have to work with, because our concrete is slanted. We want to have at least as many kennels as we do to keep the dogs separate to limit dog-to-dog aggression through the fence, keep it more sanitary. We want to do it the right way so it will last a long time. Hopefully we will have something soon.”

Adoption fees begin at $50 for adult cats and $75 for kittens. Adult dogs are available for between $75 and $200+, with some older dogs that have been at the shelter sometimes being made available at a reduced cost. Puppies can be adopted for between $100 and $200, sometimes more depending on the breed.

Closed on Monday and Tuesday, the shelter is open on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m., on Fridays from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Located at 2014 Romona Road, the shelter can be contacted by phone at 829-6247.

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