The purpose of the Humane Society of McDonough County is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, and the extension of humane education.
It is the policy of the Society:
- to seek humane care and treatment for all animals needing protection in the area served by the Society;
- to seek to return lost animals to their owners;
- to seek suitable homes for animals without owners and
- to provide education on the humane treatment of animals.
The Society shall maintain accepted minimum standards which shall be representative of those prescribed by recognized humane organizations.
Every year, we work to improve the lives of many animals here in McDonough County. The Humane Society of McDonough County appreciates and thanks every dedicated member, volunteer, and donor who has contributed to what the HSMC has accomplished and continues to accomplish.
Here are highlights of what the HSMC accomplished in 2014:
- The HSMC is increasing the number of spay/neuters throughout the community by partnering with the Quincy Humane Society to access its low-cost spay/neuter program.
- The HSMC provides transportation of animals to the Quincy Humane Society clinic, and provides financial assistance for spay/neuters and specific health and welfare services.
- The HSMC continues its long-term commitment of support to the McDonough County Animal Shelter by paying a portion of each spay/neuter for an adopted pet and promoted these homeless pets through the use of volunteers, posters, Petfinder, Facebook, and the HSMC website.
- The HSMC is increasing the number of animals rescued from the shelter and placed in foster homes ore other rescue alternatives.
As the HSMC moves forward in 2014, we are focusing on alternative housing for homeless pets waiting to find furever homes. Some pets that find themselves in a shelter have major health and medical issues, making the shelter an unsuitable environment for recovery. To address this situation:
- The HSMC has partnered with a local vet to provide medical treatment at cost.
- The HSMC is a licensed foster organization, currently with 11 long-term foster homes that provide homes to animals whose time is up at the shelter.
- The HSMC connects with established rescue groups to assist in finding homes and medical care for animals in need.