Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin posts record high adoptions, record low euthanasia

January 14, 2017

To some people, they're just pets.

To others, however, animals can be the most important aspect of their lives.

That's true for the employees and volunteers of the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, which posted record high numbers of adoptions and record low numbers of euthanasia in 2016.

“We are literally saving more lives at the shelter than ever,” said Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin Executive Director Brett Frazier.

In 2016, the humane society posted 2,668 animals adopted, redeemed or transferred, Frazier said. He thinks that's because people are becoming more aware of the humane society and recognizing it as an option for finding pets.

It also helps that the humane society now staffs a full-time veterinarian, Frazier said. In mid-2015, the shelter hired a part-time veterinarian and saw a marked decrease in euthanasia cases. So, when 2016 rolled around, Frazier asked the organization's board of directors to take a leap of faith and make the position full-time.

“That made all the difference, it really has,” he said.

The shelter only euthanizes animals because they are sick, injured or dangerous, not because they have stayed too long. Because animals now get more comprehensive treatment, fewer need to be euthanized, Frazier said.

During the first 30 minutes of an animal being processed, it is given a flea and tick treatment and any other necessary attention, Frazier said.

The vast majority of animals taken in are strays or lost animals, he said. A “pet detective” team of volunteers searches for the animal's owner, who is easier to find if the pet has been microchipped, he added.

Shelter employees also double as matchmakers when would-be pet owners come to visit, Frazier said.

Michelle Russell, who was visiting the shelter to find a new cat, had no issues finding the purr-fect companion. After her son moved out of her home, Russell stopped at the shelter to find a pet, she said.

Frazier notes potential pet owners should take their own lifestyles into account when adopting. While experienced pet owners such as Russell are well prepared for the responsibilities, some others might not consider the time commitment.

But for those ready to add a furry friend to their families, the staff at the humane society is ready to help.

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