Animals still in care January 1, 2017 – 104 Canines and Felines
40% of animals leaving the shelter are adopted
52% of animals leaving shelter are transported
5% of animals leaving shelter die or euthanized
3% of animals leaving shelter are returned to their owner
Lifesaving percentage = 95% *Lifesaving percentage = [(animals adopted + animals transported + animals returned to owner)/total animals leaving shelter] x 100%
Stone County SPCA Shelter – The most significant change in animals entering and leaving the shelter is the number of cats. The number of cats taken in in 2017 increased by 24% from 2016. Likewise, the number of cats adopted increased by 25% from 2016. Part of this is due to expanding and improving our cat housing. The Stone County SPCA received a grant for $2400 from PetSmart Charities to improve feline housing. This money bought six more high-quality cat condos as well as two cat condo trees.
The Stone County SPCA received $5000 in funding for medical care of shelter pets from the Petco Foundation. These much needed funds went towards pharmaceuticals and veterinary costs to care for sick and injured animals and prepare them for adoption.
PetSmart Adoption Partners – The Stone County SPCA adopts animals out of PetSmart D’Iberville. During 2017, there were 228 Stone County SPCA pets adopted through PetSmart. Beth Nethery manages the PetSmart adoptions and is there faithfully three Saturdays a month, as well as Friday, Saturday, Sunday on four PetSmart Adoption Weekends.
Transport Program – The Stone County SPCA is still transporting dogs and puppies to Tampa Bay Humane Society and the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Each transport sends about twenty dogs and puppies, including at least two heartworm positive dogs. Currently, we are transporting every three weeks. Each transport costs about $500.
The Stone County SPCA is works with Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg to transport puppies and dogs up North to areas with a higher adoption rate. This program is funded by grants obtained by Southern Pines. We are currently sending approximately 25 dogs and puppies a month through this program. This program is inexpensive but no heartworm positive dogs are eligible. These is also less control over timing and acceptance of dogs for this transport.
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Vouchers – A total of $14,000 went towards spay and neuter vouchers in 2017. These funds were provided by the MS I Care for Animals Car Tag Grant ($4000), the DJ&T Foundation ($7500), and the Rachel Ray Foundation ($2500). The car tag grant provided funds for pets of low income individuals and feral cats to be spayed and neutered. The DJ&T Foundation and the Rachel Ray Foundation provided funds for large dogs to be spayed and neutered.
Medical Vouchers – The Stone County SPCA works with Animal Care Clinic to provide $50 medical vouchers to help low income individuals cover medical costs for their pet in need. This money typically covers an exam and perhaps medication. An individual with a sick or injured pet must contact either the vet clinic or the shelter. The voucher must be approved by Katie Stonnington, as well as Animal Care Clinic. These emergency medical vouchers help keep pets out of the shelter and are greatly appreciated by those that receive them.