2015 was a great year for the Clare County Animal Shelter.
The shelter raised the percent of animals adopted up 20 percent from 2014.
2014 had a 65 percent adoption rate, which was the highest percent since Director Rudi Hicks had begun working at the shelter.
Jumping the adoption rate from 65 percent to 84 percent in just one year is huge for the county run shelter.
Hicks accredits this great success to the ability the shelter had to spay and neuter a lot of the cats and dogs that passed through the shelter in 2015 with the help of the MDARD (Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development) grant.
This year the shelter was not chosen to receive any help from the MDARD grant, so Hicks decided to come up with an alternative way to get the money needed to continue to spay and neuter the shelter pets.
To help build a fund to spay/neuter as many animals as possible that enter the shelter’s care, the shelter has altered the adoption rates for the cats and dogs.
Now, to adopt a dog the cost will be $75. This cost is the same as it has been, but will already include required spay/neuter. There will no longer be a spay/neuter deposit, since the shelter will be having them done prior to adoption. The fee will also include a $10 license deposit that can be retrieved once proof of the dog being licensed is sent into the county. This cost also helps insure that the next dog to come into the shelter will be able to get fixed and also saves the adopter the hassle of having to set up the pets spay or neuter after adoption.
Cats will now be $65.
Now, some people may think this new price is high. This new price is for a cat who is already spayed or neutered, de-wormed, de-flead and has had its rabies shots.
Just as the dogs adoption fee assures another dog can be fixed, the cat’s adoption fee assures another cat can be fixed, de-wormed and vaccinated.
What is the importance of spaying and neutering animals before they leave the shelter?
Hicks knows that the new rates may come as a shock to some community members, but by raising the prices and fixing as many animals as the shelter possibly can will help control the stray population. Along with curbing the stray population, new adopters won’t have to worry about setting up an appointment to get their new family member fixed, it will already be done.
Along with implementing these new adoption fees, the shelter is also hosting a few outside programs to keep your current pets healthy and happy.
On Tuesdays, March 1 and April 12, the shelter will be hosting Dr. Hamilton, who will be doing a cats only spay/neuter clinic starting at 8 am.
The cost will be $30 for spay or neuter, $10 for a rabies vaccine and $10 for a distemper vaccine.
She will offer slots for 20 female spays and 40 male neuters. Currently all slots for the March spay/neuter clinic are full, but you can still call to schedule a space for April’s clinic now by calling the shelter at 989-539-3221 Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.
If you’ve scheduled an appointment your cat can’t have food after 9 pm the night before, but they can have water.
By offering these services and also getting the shelter pets spayed or neutered and vetted before adoption, the shelter is hoping to get adoptions up even higher this year.