Spay and Neuter!

There are more than enough friendly, handsome, and cuddly dogs and cats waiting at shelters to be adopted.
Please don't buy animals from breeders and please don't let your animals reproduce!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

140 Spay/Neuter Certificates Issued in February!

Board members (Gander, Jeffries, Hudnall, and Thomas) handed out 140 spay/neuter certificates last week in two scheduled sessions. In general people seemed very grateful for this assistance.

As one woman told us: "I need to spay my cat. She's just a barn cat but we don't need any more [barn cats]!"

Another woman (a young mother)
said that the family thought they had two girl kittens ...  but then one turned out to be a boy. They thought they would solve that potential problem (unwanted litters of kittens) by spaying the girl. That was fine until the boy kitten started spraying in the house. Now he needs to get fixed too. Her young son volunteered: "We don't want any more babies!" The whole family appreciated the $50 certificate as well as the discounted rates offered by local vets.

Another person told us that she took in a stray dog recently only to find out that she was pregnant. Two weeks later this dog (a Husky/Malmute mix) had a litter of 14 puppies! She and her son enjoy the puppies but caring for them has been a lot of work and it's expensive. (They eat a lot!) Now she is struggling to find home for so many puppies. She plans to ask everyone who takes a pup to promise to fix them as soon as they are eligible. And mama dog will get fixed this month.

Thanks again to everyone who made these certificates possible, especially those who participated in the $1000 matching donation challenge.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Don't Let Your Dogs Reproduce!

We love this explanation of why spay/neuter is so important. Thanks, ASPCA and Tony La Russa!

Friday, February 15, 2013

$50 Spay/Neuter Certificate Distribution

Our special spay/neuter certificates (worth up to $50) will be available for those in financial need, (that is, people who could not otherwise afford to have their animals fixed)
  • on a first-come, first-served basis (supplies are limited to 140)
  • limit two per household except in extraordinary circumstances
  • must be redeemed by April 13, 2013
Note: Funds for these certificates come from special donations from individuals who care deeply about the welfare of animals in this county and from a special grant; they do not come from the Shelter's regular, modest operating budget. We reserve the right to refuse to give certificates to individuals at our discretion.

Our distribution point this year will be the Adair County Health Department Building: 1001 S. Jamison St. in Kirksville. (Please use the northeast ramp entrance.) These are the dates/times for distribution:      

Saturday, February 23 from noon - 3:00 PM
Thursday, February 28 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM

We are using this new location (instead of the animal shelter) to accommodate people who work weekdays or who do not have transportation to the shelter. Please be respectful of the staff and clients at the health clinic. We are grateful to Jim LeBaron for letting us use this space.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Show Your Love! Donate Today!

 UPDATE: (2/15/2013)

We did it! Or rather YOU did it! You donated $1085 within these last ten days to secure the $1000 matching challenge grant! That means that we can help spay/neuter forty extra animals this spring!

More spay/neuter = fewer homeless animals!

Thank you so much!


Support the Adair County Humane Society’s fourth annual “Be a PAL – Prevent a Litter” spay/neuter campaign!

A local donor has promised to match all donations received between now and Valentine’s Day dollar-for-dollar up to $1000.

Donate now using your PayPal or credit card with the click of this button.

Or write a check to Adair County Humane Society with March PAL in the memo line. Mail your check to P.O. Box 481, Kirksville MO 63501, or save yourself 46 cents by bringing the check to the shelter. Donations to the Adair County Humane Society are tax-deductible;we are a 501c(3) non-profit organization.

Our first three campaigns were very successful: more than 500 dogs and cats were fixed in March 2010, 2011, and 2012 as part of our campaign. We kept these 500 animals from becoming 2500!

Because of this community effort we have seen a significant drop in the number of homeless animals arriving at our shelter. Our save rate (number returned to owner, adopted, or transported to collaborating rescue groups) has risen accordingly.

Remember to donate within the next ten days to help us secure the challenge grant! Show your love for animals with a donation by February 14!