Happy New Year from all of us at the Decatur and Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation!
We want to take a moment to thank you for your support during 2018. Without you, we would not be able support the homeless animals of Decatur and Macon County residing at the Macon County Animal Control and Center. During 2018, there were over 2,600 intakes to the shelter consisting of animals confiscated due to cruelty and neglect, owner surrendered pets, and stray cats and dogs, compared to over 2,200 intakes in 2017. In 2018, there were 1,300 adoptions and 43 dogs and cats were rescued by rescue groups. In addition, 415 pets were successfully returned to their owners. The Foundation provided funds to subsidize public adoptions for seniors, veterans, and many other adoption specials throughout the year totaling over $18,000 and over $27,000 in adoption, foster, and rescue outreach efforts.
We continually strive to do everything we can to support the public, open intake Macon County Animal Control and Care Center, and want to give every pet the best opportunity for a successful adoption! The Foundation wants to ensure that every animal at the shelter receives top notch medical care. With your funds, we were able to provide support of nearly $21,000 for many critically injured animals, as well as many sick animals, which resulted in successful adoptions after care and treatment were provided. In addition, the Foundation provides Feline Leukemia test kits, heartworm tests, treatment, and preventative for the animals housed at the Macon County Animal Control and Care Center.
With your help, the Foundation sponsors a low cost spay and neuter program for individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford to have their pet spayed or neutered. The Foundation also sponsors a Trap-Neuter-Release program for stray cats with your support. Your funds helped to spay/neuter and vaccinate hundreds of stray cats in 2018, which will help control the pet population. Together, these programs totaled over $11,000.
During 2018, the Foundation improved both the indoor and outdoor spaces at Macon County Animal Control and Care Center with improvements totaling over $52,000. The funds were used to provide the pets at the Macon County Animal Control and Care Center with kennel enrichment and updated the cat colony with new lounge areas and activities for climbing. A real life room was added for dogs to be able to relax outside of their kennel. The real life room models a living room in a home and allows dogs to meet potential adopters in a relaxed environment. The kitten room was updated with portals which will allow kittens to travel freely between cages for exploration. During 2018, The Foundation improved the outdoor area at the shelter by adding shade trees, benches, durable dog pools, dog playground equipment, and an irrigation system to keep grass replaced continually growing. The Foundation also added a drainage system to reduce water buildup which will allow the dogs to enjoy more outdoor time. Animals who enjoy physical activity and exercise are more relaxed and content in their environments, which leads to happier animals and increased chances of adoption.
Our Home for the Holidays program was very successful this year. We began the program in early November 2018 and the program concluded during the first week of January 2019. A total of 159 cats and dogs went to a foster home for the holidays. A total of 122 cats and dogs were adopted from this group. The other cats and dogs enjoyed a break from the shelter and returned with renewed spirits.
We look forward to working with you in 2019 to contribute to the health and welfare of the homeless animals in Decatur and Macon County. Our goal is to increase adoptions, fosters, and rescues. We also want to expand our low cost spay neuter program and the trap/neuter/release program. We cannot do it without your support. Thank you for all you do. We wish you a happy and healthy 2019!