Humane Society of Chilton County - Record Year for the Chilton County Humane Society!

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Record Year for the Chilton County Humane Society!


Those of us who serve on the Humane Society of Chilton County board of directors, our volunteers and staff have all worked hard this past year on getting more animals adopted and rescued this past year, and we thrilled to announce that we have reduced the yearly euthanasia rate at the shelter by 21%!

Our county has an animal population problem, but we are not the only area facing this problem. According to the American Humane Society, 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized nationally, or one every eight seconds. Alabama counties vary from having a euthanization rate as low as 50 percent to as high as 85 percent or more. The more rural the county, the higher the euthanasia rate since rural counties usually have smaller and more poorly funded shelters.

In 2014, we had a 75% euthanasia rate. Some of this was due to parvo outbreaks that occurred during the heavy puppy season in the spring and the fact that the shelter building can only house 100-120 animals at a time. In the spring, puppies would end up on the concrete and it didn't seem any chemical could kill the parvo virus, plus, any new puppies coming in with parvo would infect the others.

In 2015 we took several steps to avoid these issues. First, the shelter was re-arranged, we now have an isolation area to hold stray puppies, small and medium sized dogs to make sure they are not sick before entering the general population. The puppy and small dog room was moved and all puppies are now kenneled in stainless steel wall kennels. We also decided to take advantage of the outdoor space and have been erecting outside kennels, giving the dogs the opportunity for play and increasing the population of larger dogs we can maintain.

We developed a standard operating procedure for the shelter staff to follow on euthanasia, space is now the last item on our list for euthanasia and we haven't euthanized for space in many months at this time. Our director, Kimberly Ruck, worked closely with rescue to increase the number of animals who were rescued. Our new president, Krystine Gish, worked with some amazing donors and in the last three months conducted adoption specials. During the month of October with our $20 donation adoption special we adopted 121 animals, a record that shattered previous records and one that we'd love to break. We also held adoption specials for Veterans, and for black dogs and cats both with the backing of donors.

Licorice and 6 siblings came into the shelter with a bad case of mange,

instead of euthanizing the litter we treated their mange.

Additionally, we recently lowered the normal adoption fees. Cats went from an $80 adoption fee to $25 for cats over six months, and $50 for kittens. We also lowered the adoption rate for dogs from $125 to $100 and recently to $85 and $50 for senior dogs 6 years and older.

A Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) program, a long term goal, was begun. Overseen by board member Michelle Monahan, a small but dedicated team of our volunteers trap feral cat colonies and transport them to Birmingham to the nonprofit Alabama Spay Neuter Clinic. After the cats are “fixed” they are returned to their colonies if they have a caretaker, or, they can go into our Barn Cat Program where we offer the cats free to people to control the rodent population in their barns and out buildings. In the three months this program has been in existence over 100 cats have been trapped and “fixed.” This program will greatly reduce the amount of unwanted cats roaming wild and starving to death in our area, and will in the long run reduce the amount of cats coming into the shelter.

All of these items taken together have reduced our euthanasia rate to the point that we are no longer a high kill shelter and can celebrate one of the lowest euthanasia rates in the state for last year.

But, we're not satisfied, 54% was still far too many animals euthanized. However we need help from the local community to reduce this rate even further.

The spring puppy season is coming. and the puppies that will fill our shelter are being conceived now and in the coming month. Please get your pet spayed or neutered, or if you can't. take common sense steps to avoid a pregnancy by separating the female from any males. If you do have a pregnant dog and you plan to bring the litter to the shelter please make sure the puppies are not kept on the ground, they contract parvo in that manner and then can infect the other puppies, forcing us to euthanize them. The Alabama Spay Neuter Clinic is offering free transport from Chilton County to their location in Birmingham for lower cost spay and neuters, you can get further reductions in the cost if you receive any sort of government assistance or if you are on Social Security. They'll even set up payments for you. Their phone number is (205) 956-0012.

We have other programs to be introduced soon to help with the county's animal overpopulation problem. We have some large fundraisers planned for the coming year to help, but, we'll still need help from the community to help us make the shelter better.

We need more monetary donations, we need an electrician to help us erect a new scrolling programmable sign donated by Johnson Controls' Blue Sky Project and someone to help us move our old sign. We need people with machinery to help level areas for new kennels, we need concrete workers and carpenters.


Things are not perfect, we still deal with a shelter building that can only house 100-120 animals where a lot of the heaters don't work and the washers and dryers we have are second hand and fail to keep up with the load. We need more kennels in the play yards, we have roughly five acres and want to utilize more of that space. We have certainly had our stumbles this past year, after all, dealing with the amount of animals that we receive is overwhelming. Just last month, 197 animals came to the shelter, in the height of the spring puppy/kitten season that number has gone as high as 311.

We also have had financial problems that we struggled through, but we did struggle through them and are happy to say the only time the shelter doors closed was to paint the building inside and out.

The board feels we are well on our way to having a shelter the citizens of Chilton County can be proud of, and a humane society overseeing it that helps the community reduce the population problem. The shelter has never had as many volunteers as we have now, but we need more to get more accomplished.

If you would like to help us make more changes to help Chilton County's animals please click on the paypal donation button on the left or mail a donation to 139 Shade Tree Drive, Clanton, AL  35045