ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Local volunteers for the Muskingum County Dog Warden and Adoption Center met with the Muskingum County Commissioners to discuss updates on their dogs and treatments.
In the last year there were 160 adoptions, 144 reclaims of owners finding their runaway dogs, and 96% save rate from euthanization of dogs. Volunteer Jane Cooper said the adoptions have gone up partially due to having more volunteers offering foster homes to the dogs.
“They were taking home dogs to foster, Cooper said. “Quite a few of them foster failed, as we call it and [the foster family] kept the dogs, because they fell in love with them. Even if they didn’t the fact that they had the dogs in the home and [the foster family] could tell people whether the dog was house trained, or crate trained, got a long with children, or other dogs. It made it so much simpler to find the dog a home.”
Even though there is an increase in adoptions some of the volunteers are concerned about the delayed spaying and neutering of their dogs. Nicole Wagner who helps with public relations for the adoption center said their wanting some rules in place that every dog gets spay and neutered upon arrival to help with their tension levels and adoptions.
“We’re working very hard to keep as many dogs out of the system as possible,” Wagner said. “So we approached the [Muskingum County Commissioners] to see if they’d be willing to set up a policy to get pregnant females spade upon intake so that there aren’t more puppies being added into the system.”
The Muskingum County Commissioners have advised the Muskingum County Dog Warden and Adoption Center on organizing a committee to discuss changes that need to be made regarding veterinarian needs for the dogs.