McLean County Animal Control Announces New Program for Adoptions

By WEEK Producer

McLean County Animal Control Announces New Program for Adoptions

September 3, 2010 Updated Sep 3, 2010 at 3:57 PM CDT

The McLean County Animal Control announces a new program to help lower the cost of animal adoptions from the Animal Control facility and currently has many kittens available for new homes.

The program, made possible by the McLean County Pet Population Control Fund, gives individuals adopting a pet from Animal Control a voucher accepted by participating McLean County veterinarians.

Based upon the animal’s weight, the voucher will cover a portion of the spay/neuter procedure.

Any remaining balance must be paid by the adopting individual to their veterinarian.

An additional fee at the time of adoption covers microchipping, rabies vaccination, and McLean County registration of the animal.

“We are always looking for ways to increase adoptions and find our animals good homes,” said Animal Control Director Marshell Thomson. “Through the Spay/Neuter Voucher Program, we hope that the community will remember our facility when thinking about adding a pet to their family.”

Spaying and neutering pets is important for many reasons.

Controlling the pet population decreases the amount of abandoned and unwanted animals that end up in shelters.

Packs of feral animals, previously domestic animals returned to a wild existence, can cause damage to property, people, and livestock as well as spread diseases such as rabies.

Animals in McLean County that are unaltered pay a higher registration fee due to their reproductive status.

Currently, Animal Control has numerous kittens available for immediate adoption.

All available animals qualify for the Spay/Neuter Voucher Program. For photographs and information on available kittens, visit www.facebook.com/McLeanHealth or contact Animal Control at (309) 888-5060.

In 2009, 243 dogs and cats were adopted or transferred to a rescue organization for adoption from the Animal Control Center.

Individuals interested in adopting an animal from the center can visit the facility Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The center is closed from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. for lunch as well as Saturdays and Sundays.

The Animal Control Center is located on Morris Avenue, three miles south of Bloomington.

For more information on the Spay/Neuter program or animals available for adoption, call the Animal Control Center at (309) 888-5060.

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