Winnebago County Animal Services sees increase in lives being saved

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — The Winnebago County Animal Services has seen an improvement of pets lives being saved recently.

The WCAS recently partnered with veterinarians from the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison.

The UW Shelter Medicine team visited WCAS in August and reviewed policies, protocols and procedures. They identified areas where the shelter was doing well and suggested priority areas for improvements so WCAS could become more efficient and more effective at serving the community, helping pets in need, and saving lives.

The medicine team recently sent numbers comparing a four-month stretch from before they were there and after they were there.

Here are the numbers that were found from October 2018-January 2019 and how they compared to October 2017-January 2018:

  • 26% increase in dog adoptions
  • 47% increase in cat adoptions
  • 58% decrease in dog euthanasia
  • 64% decrease in cat euthanasia

“When I started at Animal Services there were nearly 300 animals here, “said Brett Frazier, Administrator of Winnebago County Animal Services  “We were operating far beyond our capacity for care and it was leading to all sorts of problems.”

WCAS says they held training in October of 2018 that focused on many areas including reducing length of stay,
improving the intake process, improving daily shelter animal health and increasing live outcomes.

Frazier cites lower numbers of animals in the shelter for an increase, saying when he started working there, more than 300 pets were being tended to. Now, the shelter says they’re housing about half of that number, which is leading to healthier animals.

WCAS says less animals and the length they are staying has meant healthier animals who don’t get sick as much, quick movement through the shelter system and a significant decrease in euthanasia with accompanying increase in live release like adoption.

Frazier also pointed to a managed admission process, which pet owners now must set up an appointment with WCAS if they want to give up a pet. This ensures WCAS has enough capacity to take on new pets.

Andrew Carrigan

Andrew Carrigan

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