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Robber breaks into Chilton Humane Society Shelter
Misc Early in the morning on July 2nd a Chilton County resident broke into our shelter and stole $1,500 worth of tools, cameras and office supplies from us and our employees.  The tools and cameras belonged to the employees who had brought them from home to help with work on our building.

We were in the process of doing some much needed improvements to our building, improvements that we had a very tight budget to manage it on.  This theft has set us back.

We desperately need to create an area in our old small building for a puppy isolation area, a place to keep puppies who are coming in and may have diseases or issues that could infect a healthy population of puppies.  We also need to buy at least one more set of kennel banks for puppies, these banks are far outside our normal budget.

Please help us by donating to our kennel bank fund.  Thank you!!



ABUSE!
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ABUSED DOGS BROUGHT IN BY JEMISON ANIMAL CONTROL

Both of these three month old puppies' ears have been completely cut off with scissors down to their head. PLEASE HELP US! If you know anything about these dogs please email us at chiltonhumane@gmail.com. 

Thanks to donors who wish to stay anonymous,
we can offer a $2,500 reward for information
leading to the arrest of the people responsible
for cutting off the puppies' ears.

Please email rather than calling.


The reports we've received from people are indicating that these puppies were dumped in the area south of Randolph near the Bibb / Chilton County line.  People in the area saw them before their ears were cut off, and then afterward in the same area.  

We wish we could say this is an isolated incident, but it isn't.  The week before this, these nine two day old puppies were found in a mop bucket on the side of the road.

They were taken from their mother immediately after birth and left to slowly die.  Some of them still had parts of their umbilical cords attached.  Thankfully someone found them and brought them to us, we got them into bottle feeding homes, but they weren't found in time and we lost four of the nine in the first 24 hours. 

We are drowning.  We receive 250-300 animals a month, some of them are in good shape, but too many others were abused, have mange, have ringworm, have heartworms, and so many other issues.  When you combine this with our ongoing issue with being underfunded it leaves us with hard decisions. 

It would cost us less than a dollar to euthanize these animals, we don't want to do that.  We are fighting every day to lower our euthanasia rate, we didn't decide to work for the animals in this county just to euthanize them because its easier or cheaper. 

BUT WE NEED HELP!

We are funded by Chilton County and the cities of Clanton, Jemison and Thorsby, we are not allowed by the terms of our agreement to require a drop off fee.  We can count on $6,600 a month from the county and cities but this only covers our payroll.  That leaves us with no money for utilities, no money for medicines, no money for vet visits and no money to ever make improvements EXCEPT for the money we receive from the community in donations.    Please help us!

 


Donate to Help!
Misc Donate to help the Chilton County Humane Society!  All donations stay local and help us care for the homeless animals of Chilton County and provide needed services to the community.

You can donate by mailing a check to:
Chilton County Humane Society
139 Shade Tree Drive
Clanton, AL 35045

Or through paypal


Dog Adoption Rate Decrease!
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We are lowering our adoption rate for dogs and puppies from $100 to $85!!! Dogs 6 years old and over remain at $50.

Six months ago we asked the community what was the biggest obstacle they had to adopting an animal from the Chilton County Humane Society and the overwhelming answer was the high cost of the then adoption fee of $125. After that reaction we lowered the adoption fee to $100.

The Chilton County Humane Society board have been hard at work crunching numbers and analyzing data from 2015. It became clear to us that a lower adoption rate did not adversely affect our financial status, even though it meant we lost money on every dog adopted.

To help save MORE dogs and puppies we are lowering the adoption fee for a fully vetted dog or puppy to $85!

You can follow this link to see some of the dogs we currently have available!

Adoption includes spayed or neutered, rabies shot, chipped, UTD on normal shots, bordetella shot, treated for fleas, and dewormed. PLUS you get a free vet visit with a Chilton County vet within 3 days of adoption.

When you adopt from the shelter, you also qualify for 30 days of free pet health insurance with 24 Pet Watch.

Record Year for the Chilton County Humane Society!
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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



Senior Dog Adoption Rate Decrease
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It's always depressing to see a senior dog surrendered to the shelter, it's a rough environment on a healthy dog in it's prime and for a senior dog it's a nightmare of scary noises, rough cold concrete floors and the dangers of kennel cough. It's not right, it's not humane.

To help get them out faster, we are cutting our adoption rate for dogs in half for dogs 6 years old and over. Adoption includes spayed or neutered, rabies shot, chipped, UTD on normal shots, bordetella shot, treated for fleas, and dewormed. PLUS you get a free vet visit with a Chilton County vet within 3 days of adoption.

When you adopt from the shelter, you also qualify for 30 days of free pet health insurance with 24 Pet Watch.


Services
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Services we offer to Chilton County residents



If you have a feral colony of cats in your neighborhood contact us about our TNR program. Our program director can trap the cats, get them spayed or neutered so the colony does not keep growing, and then release them back to the area. Their ears will be tipped so it's easy to tell which cats have and have not been fixed. If it's preferred that the cats not be returned to the area they might be candidates for our barn cat program.

Thanks to a starting donation by the City of Clanton, we are able to offer $20 spay/neuter certificates to the citizens of Chilton county. Come to the shelter with proof of residency (driver's license or a bill with your name and address) to purchase the certificate and then make your appointment with the Alabama Spay and Neuter Clinic in Irondale. Their Hip to Snip truck will provide transport once a month free of charge.


We provide this service in a way that responds to the tenderness of your grief and the respect you have for your pet's life. Your pet's ashes will be placed in a black urn for your pickup.

Address Change
Misc PLEASE NOTE:

We are no longer accepting mail at the post office.  If you are making a monthly donation, or you would like to contact us, our mailing address is 139 Shade Tree Drive, Clanton, AL  35045

Adoption Fee Increase
Misc Unfortunately, due to the rising cost of our medical supplies, and the ongoing budget difficulties, we are going to have to raise our adoption rate on adult dogs to the same as the puppies.  So starting May 1st the adoption fee goes from $100 to $125.

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