MOUNT PLEASANT — The Wisconsin Humane Society reports it nearly doubled both animal adoptions and financial donations in its first two months in operation here, compared with the same period last year.
At WHS’s Racine campus, 2706 Chicory Road, 171 animals were adopted in January and February, the organization said. That was a 94.3 percent increase compared with the 88 animals adopted in the first two months of 2012, according to records kept by the former Countryside Humane Society.
The WHS Racine campus provides the animal sheltering and pick-up of confined stray and lost animals in most Racine County municipalities. Abuse, neglect and cruelty, and animal-at-large complaints are handled by each municipality.
WHS also cited these early accomplishments:
n It provided low-cost vaccines to 298 animals at four public vaccine clinics — not including Thursday’s clinic — since Jan. 1.
n WHS launched a spay/neuter assistance program, or SNAP, which has sterilized 76 animals from low-income families.
n The “Racine available dogs” website page got 70,803 page views in January and 85,477 page views in February (wihumane.org/racine.aspx).
n Donations received in January and February totaled $45,576. Last year, Countryside received a little less than $24,000 in donations for the entire calendar year, according to records, WHS said.
Angela Speed, WHS director of community relations and development, said about one-third of its fundraising so far this year was elicited for the dog originally called Jerome and now renamed Chance by his new family, who had to have a foreleg amputated.
But WHS also does about a dozen fundraising appeals each year, Speed said, reaching out both to previous donors and new prospects from animal-related mailing lists it buys. The entire fundraising goal for this year is an “aggressive” $300,000, she said.
“We still need a lot of help,” Speed stated. “We have made a promise to the community that adoptable animals will stay in adoption until they find a home — we will not euthanize for space or time — and it takes more supplies, more staff and certainly more dog and cat treats to do that.”