Pet of the week: Sadie

BY KARI KAH

DBCHS

Our featured pet of the week is Sadie, a gorgeous 8-month-old spaniel mix with a zest for life! The first thing you will notice when you meet her is that she wiggles from head to tail with joy.

The next thing you’ll discover is how soft and silky her pretty coat is. Finally, if you spend even a moment with her, you will know that Sadie loves, loves, loves to love on you!

Sadie is looking for a home that will give her plenty of enrichment and help her channel her puppy energy so she can learn how to be the best doggo she can be. Sadie is fixed, microchipped, up-to-date on her vaccinations, and ready to go home today.

The humane society is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; call us at 859-238-1117  to make sure she’s still available and be sure to bring your pup for a meet and greet.

You may have heard stories about an increase in return adoptions lately. In a recent article by Jen Reeder on Fear Free Happy Homes, Marie Abbondanza, the director of data and technology for Shelter Animals Count, noted, “…Intakes remain low, consistent with the overall trend since the start of the pandemic.”

Intake numbers at Boyle County Animal Control and Danville-Boyle County Humane Society remain low, also. One reason is that the community is taking advantage of our safety net programs.

The word is spreading about our community cat program: we provide free spay/neuter surgery for outdoor cats thanks to a grant from the Bluegrass Area Development District (BGADD). Also, people have embraced our Home To Home™ direct placement rehoming network.

There will always be animals that need emergency sheltering, but safety net programs decrease the number of animals that have to endure a shelter stay. For example, in April and May, a total of 47 animals entered the shelter. Six went to rescue, 19 were adopted, and 20 loose dogs were reunited with their family. (Some were reunited without shelter intake).

We provided free spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations for 43 cats through our community cat program and facilitated the adoption of two dogs, 10 cats, and 11 kittens via Home To Home™.

As a community, we positively impacted more than 100 animals in the last two months, with fewer than half having to enter the shelter! This kind of compassionate care puts the animals’ needs first, and we appreciate you for making it happen, one choice at a time.

Let’s build on the momentum! If you see a healthy outdoor cat that needs to be altered, call us at 859-238-1117 between 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule free surgery. If you need to find a new home for your pet or want to adopt, check out dbchs.home-home.org. Together we’ll reach beyond shelter walls and save more lives!