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Humane Shelter temporarily closes operations

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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The Clay County Humane Shelter, 8280 North County Road 125 West, has temporarily closed its operations due to an illness in its animal population. The shelter hopes to reopen for the public on Jan. 23. Times Staff File Photo.
Even the cutest of puppies get sick sometimes.

Because of an illness in its animal population, the Clay County Humane Shelter has closed operations until at least Jan. 23.

"We had a few puppies brought in who were sick," Humane Society Director of Operations Bill Cochran said. "We have closed down for the time being so we can make sure all the animals are well so the public doesn't adopt a pet and risk getting their other pets sick."

According to Cochran, the shelter's standard procedure when receiving new animals is to put them in a quarantine room for at least three days. After this time period, the animals are then released into the general population.

Cochran said in this case the animals showed no signs of being sick during the quarantine period, but became ill once entering the population.

"We had one puppy become infected initially, but later had two more puppies and an adult dog get sick as well and that's when we decided to close operations," Cochran said. "We are working with our vet to make sure the illness is completely gone before reopening. We have been closed since Sunday and we have to wait at least 10 days before we are allowed to let the public back in."

He said volunteers and employees of the shelter are working hard to clean and disinfect everything in the facility.

"I just hope the community can forgive us for being closed, and understand we are doing all we can to ensure the health and safety of our animals," Cochran said.

Cochran is also hopeful this will not affect their upcoming membership drive.

"We are looking for more people to join the humane society team," he said. "Those who want to join do not have to volunteer if they choose not to, but we certainly appreciate the extra help."

The yearly membership fee is $10 and Cochran is looking forward to building a stronger base of individuals who want to help the shelter.

"There are approximately 26,000 residents in Clay County and I know a lot of those are animal lovers," Cochran said. "We would like to get at least 1 percent (about 260) people to join the shelter so we can hopefully have a higher influence in getting animal control and safety laws into effect in the city and county."

He emphasized that the Humane Society is a non-profit organization which works with the city and county governments, but are not a governmental entity. A law Cochran hopes to put into effect is one which would prevent the creation of "puppy mills."

Along with the membership drive, the shelter is also organizing their annual shot clinic.

"The clinic will continue to be at the Forest Park Pavilion and will be on two Saturdays this year, May 3 and 17," he said. "We are still working out the details for the costs and times the clinic will run, but we want to make sure the residents know about it early."

The shelter continues to offer their spay/neuter clinic.

The cost for dogs is $61 and $56 for cats, while the adoption costs for a dog is $85 and $65 for cats. The adoption fee pays for the adoption itself, a rabies shot and the spaying/neutering of the animal.

"Our biggest thing right now is to make sure the animals are healthy so we can reopen and serve the community," Cochran said. "We do all we can to make sure the people of Clay County have a safe and happy experience with their pets."


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I hope everything turns out ok for them. I found my dog there not long ago, we thought she was gone forever and someone took her there. I thank these people everyday for being there and helping all animals. Please help with the membership drive and give back to these people.

-- Posted by sweetpeas on Thu, Jan 17, 2008, at 2:35 PM

I find it odd that the type of illness hasn't been reported. I am a supporter of the Humane Society. All of our pets have been adopted from different Humane Societies. (We thought we would spread the love, so to speak) The conditions at the Clay Co. building were by far the worst we had ever experienced. We did adopt two puppies from the Clay Co. Humane Society. I would have happily adopted more just to get them out of there. The evening we brought them home we had to take one of them to an emergency vet clinic. He had severe case diarrhea and was severely dehydrated. The vet was extremely shocked to see the state our pup was in. He stated that if we had not adopted him, he would not have made it through the night. I feel terrible for all of the animals that end up in the Clay Co. Humane Society. Hopefully whatever this "illness" is will help turn this place around.

-- Posted by GirlHouse on Thu, Jan 17, 2008, at 7:44 PM

They don't ever accept animals, they don't ever pick animals up, why does the city pay so much money a year for this establishment. I think it's time for a new humane shelter. They don't do their job.

-- Posted by OntheRight08 on Thu, Jan 17, 2008, at 9:11 PM

Having worked at the shelter for almost a year, the people that say the animals are not taken care of need to go volunteer for a few days. It is NOT an easy job. The animals are about the only thing that brings me there every morning. We are constantly taking great efforts to make sure all of our animals are healthy.

-- Posted by adl on Fri, Jan 18, 2008, at 7:40 AM

Having worked at the shelter for almost a year, the people that say the animals are not taken care of need to go volunteer for a few days. It is NOT an easy job. The animals are about the only thing that brings me there every morning. We are constantly taking great efforts to make sure all of our animals are healthy.

-- Posted by adl on Fri, Jan 18, 2008, at 7:41 AM

Having worked at the shelter for almost a year, the people that say the animals are not taken care of need to go volunteer for a few days. It is NOT an easy job. The animals are about the only thing that brings me there every morning. We are constantly taking great efforts to make sure all of our animals are healthy.

Also, you have to understand, we can't take animals if we are full already. Adult dogs RARELY get adopted because it seems like all people care about are puppies. Think about that.

-- Posted by adl on Fri, Jan 18, 2008, at 7:43 AM

maybe

-- Posted by chrystll on Fri, Jan 18, 2008, at 9:19 AM

to ontheright and girlhouse the huname shelter is here for animal that do not have homes b/c of humans, thinking they are so cute when they are puppies and dont want them when they grown up.. there is more to animal then just paying for them there are the fact that they are life time animals if you get one make sure you want it for life and your not one of these ppl that just go off in the county and dump your animal in someone elses yard. so BE KIND TO ANIMALS And if you have anymore insults for the humane shelter please feel free to come down and donate some of your time for cleaning and walking of the animals. i will be waiting to hear from you.....

-- Posted by chrystll on Fri, Jan 18, 2008, at 9:46 AM

To chrystll, just so you are aware, I've volunteered at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control. (Please do not preach to me about people who drop off their pets because they cannot or will not take care of them) I was stating my opinion of the conditions of the Brazil building. But, the fact remains that had our dog been taken care of properly while in the care of the shelter he should not have had the health problems.

-- Posted by GirlHouse on Fri, Jan 18, 2008, at 6:56 PM

that is fine girlhouse but i was not working there and NOW I AM and we are doing what it takes to get this under control.we ( meaning my cleaning staff of 5 woman ) have this under control and if we was hiding something and not killing ourselves to control this,we would not be public with what is going on at the shelter. they let the pubic know what it is so the public is aware of what happen and that we are controlling it and will be back up as soon as we can .. b/c we do have alot of animals there and they all need good homes. that just b/c we have this does not mean our animals all have it. we are taken the measures to protect our babies ( meaning all animals in the shelter)..

-- Posted by chrystll on Sat, Jan 19, 2008, at 6:39 AM

that is fine girlhouse but i was not working there and NOW I AM and we are doing what it takes to get this under control.we ( meaning my cleaning staff of 5 woman ) have this under control and if we was hiding something and not killing ourselves to control this,we would not be public with what is going on at the shelter. they let the pubic know what it is so the public is aware of what happen and that we are controlling it and will be back up as soon as we can .. b/c we do have alot of animals there and they all need good homes. that just b/c we have this does not mean our animals all have it. we are taken the measures to protect our babies ( meaning all animals in the shelter)..

-- Posted by chrystll on Sat, Jan 19, 2008, at 6:39 AM

Well keep up the good work so that the shelter can be opened again and the pets can find homes.

-- Posted by GirlHouse on Sat, Jan 19, 2008, at 4:03 PM

I have taken a few dogs to the shelter over several years because I am very rural. people like to use our area as a dumping ground for unwanted animals. we have also exterminated a few that were mean or sickly. Yes, I donate money whan I do) but my point is although noone has ever been friendly to me at the time, I have noticed the place does seem to be clean and the animals have appeared healthy.

-- Posted by proudmomof2 on Mon, Jan 21, 2008, at 4:25 PM


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