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Winnebago County makes low-income animal services faster to get and raises dog adoption price $40

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — The Winnebago County Board voted to make two big changes to animal services on Thursday night.

First was changing how people apply for low-income services. The two main ones the county offers is euthanasia and spade/neuter.

Originally, people would apply for those through county systems to verify how many people live in a household and the household's total income. Winnebago County Animal Service Administrator Brett Frazier says the process was messy and took weeks.

"Right now, it's not unusual for the process of getting that voucher to take several trips," Frazier said. We tell you what you need, you bring it back to us, and we have to tell you if you got the right documents."

Now, those programs will take a day or less to apply for. The county voted to change the documentation to SNAP and SSDI for a faster process.

The county also raised the price for dog adoption. For years, the county kept the price at $110 which included spade/neuter, microchip and more. However, that price will now go up to $150 per adoption.

Frazier says the animal services will still be the cheapest option in the area, even with the increase.

"We'll still be the cheapest place in town to adopt a dog which is great," Frazier said. "We want people to come rescue dogs from the shelter here, but that little bit of revenue helps us afford the extra care and services we provide to other animals and residents."

Frazier's top project for the money will be to improve the ventilation system for where the cats are stores. Animal services adopts between 600 and 700 dogs on an average year meaning this could boost their revenue by as much as $28,000 a year.

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William Ingalls

William Ingalls is the weekend reporter at WREX. He joined the team in 2019 as a photographer after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and English from Augustana College. William was born and raised in Rockford and went to high school at Christian Life.

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