The Humane Society of McDonough County (HSMC), incorporated in 1984, is a State of Illinois Not-for-Profit organization and a qualified 501(c)3 charitable organization that supports, but is completely separate from, the McDonough County Animal Shelter.
In accordance with its stated Purpose, the HSMC:
- Promotes the adoption of cats and dogs at the McDonough County Animal Shelter
- Sponsors and fosters those Shelter animals that need more assistance in finding homes
- Reduces the overpopulation of cats and dogs via two separate spay/neuter programs
- Provides medical care to Shelter and County animals in need
- Helps to keep pets in their homes and with their families via the Pet Food Pantry and Angel Fund
What Your Support Funds!
- $25 funds one spay/neuter through the Quincy Humane Society Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
- $35 funds one spay/neuter of an animal adopted from the McDonough County Animal Shelter
- $50 purchases 10 Cat Vaccines (FVRCP)
- $40-$90 provides partial sponsorship of a cat adoption fee
- $625 funds one spay/neuter transport and clinic fees for 25 cats
- $500-$1,000 purchases 1 Heartworm treatment per dog
What Your Support Accomplishes!
Here are some examples from 2021:
- Promotes the adoption of cats and dogs at the McDonough County Animal Shelter (MCAS). During 2021, 113 dogs and 170 cats were adopted from the MCAS, due in large part to the effective partnering of the shelter with the HSMC and community in caring for and finding homes for animals that end up at the shelter. The HSMC publicizes adoptable shelter pets through posters and social media, and advocates for the health and wellness of the shelter pets by raising funds for Medical Care, Cat Vaccines, and Sponsorships of adoption fees. Medical Care covers a wide range of issues including disease, debility, and injuries. In 2021, $1,696 was used to treat 2 dogs who tested positive for heartworm. $1,143 went toward Cat Vaccines to help prevent the spread of transmissible disease. And $7,496 went toward Sponsorships of adoption fees, either fully or partially, of 97 cats and dogs. We also rescued 2 dogs and 1 cat and placed in foster care to give them extra attention and care in order to transition to their forever home.
- Reduces the overpopulation of cats and dogs via two separate spay/neuter programs. In 2021, the HSMC sponsored 10 Quincy Spay/Neuter Transports resulting in 209 cats altered and vaccinated at the Quincy Humane Society. The HSMC paid $25/cat for an annual cost of $5,225. The other spay/neuter program is in conjunction with the McDonough County Animal Shelter. In 2021, the HSMC contributed $7,385 to subsidize the Spay/Neuter of 211 cats and dogs adopted from the shelter.
- Helps to keep pets in their homes and with their families via the Pet Food Pantry and Angel Fund. In 2021, the HSMC contributed $2,211 toward the Angel Fund as per requests from County veterinarian clinics. Each clinic is allowed up to $1200 discretionary Angel Fund dollars for use in emergency situations.
- The Pet Food Pantry provides families in need with pet food and supplies. With the COVID-19 shut-down, we delivered pet food and supplies upon request.
Your Support leads to Wonderful Success Stories!
In 2021 we highlighted Mazikeen’s story…
Mazi was with Lars for one week short of a year. We pulled her from the shelter in April of 2020 as a frantic and scared dog and placed her in foster care with Lars at Gossel’s Dog House. Mazi is now a member of Angie’s family and is content and loved in her forever home with human, canine, and feline friends.
“It took a little for her to become a dog again. After that the humans needed to understand her history. I can’t begin to describe how I feel and how thankful I am to this family for giving her a chance!” Lars commented after Mazi’s adoption.
Mazikeen was the fifth dog that Lars helped us with by providing foster care and training. We so appreciate his commitment to helping scared or out-of-control dogs find their “best self” by gaining the trust, self-confidence, and manners they so need.