Teamwork Brings More Homes for More Dogs

Evansville Animal Care and Control continues to outpace the national average, meaning more dogs are finding loving homes. According to superintendent Alisa Webster, 90 percent of dogs last year left Animal Control alive, which is substantially higher than the estimated 60 percent nationwide.

One of the big factors is the working relationship Animal Control has with area rescue groups, including Vanderburgh Humane Society, It Takes a Village and Another Chance for Animals, Webster said.

"We work very closely with them. They're in here every single day working to find foster moves and move [dogs] out as fast as possible," Webster said.

Wednesday afternoon was a perfect example of that. Whitney Schaefer, a volunteer for Another Chance for Animals, spent more than an hour taking pictures of available dogs at Animal Control... or at least trying to. The dogs made sure to enjoy every single second they got to spend outdoors.

"They needed pictures for the animals here at Animal Care and Control," Schaefer said. "It shows the dogs in a better light."

Schaefer has only been volunteering for ACA for a couple of weeks but has enjoyed every minute of it. While ACA, ITV and VHS all have different names but the overall goal is the same, Webster said.

"The groups may have different missions, different goals and different focuses but the bottom line is we all want to save as many animals as possible," Webster said. "Working together like we do makes that happen. A lot of the time people have this misconception of animal control. They've grown up believing that animal control just [euthanizes] everything that comes in through the door. That's just not the truth."

In fact, it's the exact opposite, Webster said. The 10 percent of dogs that unfortunately don't make it out of animal control have severe health problems or have aggression-related issues making them unsuitable for adoption, Webster said.

Another big reason for the high survivability rate is the long-standing push amongst animal control and area shelters to urge people to have their animals microchipped. The microchip allows pets to be quickly reunited with their owners assuming the information is current.

 


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