• Dog adoption event this weekend among changes at county animal shelter

    July 11, 2012 No comments

    Following public outcry, Hendricks County Commissioners are making changes at the Hendricks County Animal Shelter.

    Effective immediately, the shelter is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday and closed on Wednesdays. The move was made in response to several animal rights activists in the area complaining that the shelter didn’t have convenient enough business hours for the public. While the new schedule started the first week in July, the old hours are still listed on the county’s website.

    County officials also have agreed to work with the Hendricks County Humane Society to have a dog adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday at the humane society facility at 3033 E. Main St., Danville.

    Adoptable dogs will be brought from the shelter for the event both days. The adoption fee is $37.95 and payable in cash. Dogs will be available to be picked up the following Monday at the shelter. Each of the animals has been vaccinated, including for rabies and distemper.

    For now, this is the only joint adoption event scheduled. Michael Graham, administrator for the county commissioners, says it depends on how many volunteers the humane society can recruit on whether it becomes a regular program.

    Commissioners also plan to seek funding for a part-time employee at the shelter to coordinate a new volunteer program there, as well as list pets available for adoption on the website petfinder.com. The shelter already has animals listed there.

    Guidelines developed for the shelter’s volunteer program by the Animal Control Advisory Group originally called for 150 hours of training. That’s far more than what other area shelters mandate. The Indianapolis Humane Society is next highest with seven hours.

    Commission President Eric Wathen says the 150-hour minimum has been removed from the program’s guidelines.

    Another longtime concern has been a lack of an enclosed area in which to walk dogs at the shelter. Commissioner Bob Gentry, who serves on the animal control advisory group, and his brother have donated fencing for such an enclosure. A contractor and funding are being sought to install it.

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