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Humane Society expands services, faces challenges

The Humane Society of Yates County completed its 110th year doing what they do best — making the lives of the cats and dogs better and healthier. Executive Director Bonnie Dillon reports that while the number of total adoptions for 2018 was 357, just nine lower than last year, they made significant improvements and expanded their services to elevate the quality of life for the animals that are brought to them.

The dogs at the Shelter of Hope were the greatest beneficiaries this year. The formerly windowless pound-like kennel has been completely remade, with new paneled enclosures to replace the old chainlink cages, new lighting and paint, but most importantly, a large new window to let in natural light, and sound baffles on the walls and ceiling to reduce noise and stress on the dogs housed there (and the staff, too!).

While the reconstruction took some time and reduced the number of dogs that could be taken in for a while, the change is dramatic. Dogs who aren’t as stressed are able to greet vistors and potential adopters with more of their natural personalities and happiness on display.

But the basic challenge remains: 2018 still saw 86 dogs brought to the shelter, but that pales in comparison to the 277 cats. Of that 315 total, the HSYC spayed an neutered 248 of them before putting them up for adoption “Every animal that leaves our shelter is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, tested, micro-chipped, flea-treated, de-wormed, and so much more,” says Dillon.

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