Shelter tries to improve on its adoption rates – The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

About 60 cats and dogs are available for adoption at the Humane Society of Danville, 1225 N. Collett St., off of Voorhees Street.

A 50 percent adoption rate isn’t acceptable anymore. Director Shawn Miller wants to see that rate increase, and not so many animals — usually more cats than dogs — euthanized.

“(The adoption rate) varies from month to month,” Miller said.

Miller has been making more changes to the humane society to try to increase the adoption rates and also make the home more comfortable for dogs and cats picked up as strays or brought in.

Miller told aldermen this week the humane society is paying a Champaign doctor to spay and neuter cats and dogs prior to adoption to try to increase adoption rates. The building also has a new fenced-in yard area outside the back door for dogs’ outside time.

Miller said these changes aren’t to appease critics of the humane society, but they are decisions he’s made to better the operations.

“These (changes) I want to do to better the place,” Miller said.

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