DENT COUNTY ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY
Cats brought in by the city: 125
Cats received from public or born: 169
Total Cats: 294
Dogs brought in by the city: 220
Dogs brought in by public or born: 355
Total Dogs: 575
Total Intake: 869
Cat Adoptions: 253
Cat RTO: 2
Cat Transfers: 3
Total cat placement: 258
Dog Adoptions: 458
Dog RTO: 71
Total Adoptions: 711
Dog Transfers: 25
Total Dog placement: 554
Total Placement: 812
Total RTO: 73
Total Transfers: 28
Missing, Lost or Stolen: 0
Euthanized: 1 dog who killed another dog. 11 cats with FIP or other terminal illnesses.
Died: 42 cats and 31 dogs, mostly newborns too weak to survive.
Average monthly cat population: 65
Average monthly dog population: 59
Total monthly population: 124
Total intake was 41 more than last year and average monthly population 3 more.
Total intake less deaths: 796
Euthanasia rate (Based on viable intake): 1.5%
Placement rate (Based on same number): 98%.
Other deaths: 8.4%
The numbers of pregnant mothers and mothers with litters, both cat and dog, were very high for the first part of the year. Numbers dropped locally the last few months of the year and it is believed the spay/neuter vouchers offered starting in July helped with this. DCAWS intake includes kittens and puppies born and some adult pets in foster care that were never at the shelter. In addition to the pregnant pets and pets with litters, we continued to have entry of many special needs pets with skin problems, fractures, injuries from being shot, etc. Most of the cats brought in by the city are feral, but we do not put them to sleep. Good homes for them as barn cats or house mousers are always welcome.
Mariah is one of a large litter born in August of 2012. The mother, Camille, and her puppies just a few days old were found in the woods behind the home of someone who found them and took them to the shelter. Camille was not in good shape, very thin and bedraggled. She was a very good mom and all but two of the puppies survived. Mariah is the only one without a home. She is not only beautiful but very smart and loving. To date she simply has not had any real training or been in a home where she was given the proper attention. If someone could do this for her, she would reward you with years of joy, love and companionship.
Jacie was adopted!
Jacie is a 4-year-old border collie mix who went through the Puppies for Parole program at the Potosi Correctional Center. She has now graduated and is looking for a place where she can use her education (that translates to wanting a forever home). You see, a home is something Jacie has never had. She and several litter mates were brought to the shelter when they were 5-6 months old and totally unsocialized. She was so shy and scared that no one ever wanted to adopt her. Jacie now knows all of the basics of obedience training. She liked her handlers very much. Although improved, Jacie is still shy and needs a home where this is understood; she will learn to love and play in a new environment, but it will take a while. Having another dog in the home would help in her adjustment period. Jacie is smart and learns quickly. It is good that Jacie got this training provided buy this wonderful program. It is not good that she had to go back to the shelter, so please help get her out so she can be a family pet!