Rowan Co Pound in NC: 33

Which do you want first – the good news or the disturbingly awful news?  Alrightey then, good news it is.

The Rowan Co Board of Health in NC met this week to discuss the possibility of waiving the $70 adoption fee on pets pulled from the county pound by a newly formed rescue group in the area.  This would be a deviation from the pound’s standard practice of charging $70 per pet to both members of the public and rescue groups.  Assuming the change is ultimately enacted, it is good news for the pets who will be pulled by the group designated to benefit from the exemption.

Now for the eye-gouging:

According to data from Animal Control Director Clai Martin, the shelter takes in an average of 583 animals per month, and about 20 percent to 30 percent of those are considered to be adoptable. Out of those 116 to 175 animals, only 33 are given homes.

Roughly one quarter of the pets at the Rowan Co pound are suitable for adoption?  Which would indicate three quarters of the pets at the facility are medically hopeless and suffering or dogs who have been deemed dangerous by a qualified party.  Could this be right or does the pound use some other criteria for determining a pet is “unadoptable”?  While open admission shelters in Washoe Co, NV and Charlottesville, VA find more than 90% of their pets are adoptable, Rowan Co puts that figure for its pets at a mere 25%.  What is going on in Rowan Co that is so different?  Are the homeless pets in Rowan Co some sort of deviants like the ones the Spartanburg pound in SC gets?

The Rowan Co pound is open for adoptions from 11am – 4pm weekdays and 8am – 11am Saturdays.  One could certainly hope for more accommodating hours to allow working members of the public to visit the pound.  And to try and get more than 33 pets a month out of your facility alive.

Not to put too fine a point on it but holy hell.  If your pound takes in an average of 583 pets a month and adopts out 33, you need to be doing far more than having meetings to discuss possibly waiving pull fees for one local rescue group.  If I was in charge of the pound, I’d look at every single policy on the books as a proven failure.  Adoption hours:  failure.  Adoption fee:  failure.  Evaluating pets’ suitability for adoption:  failure.  In fact, I’d just throw out that whole book.  (And probably burn it to eliminate the risk of it ever falling into the hands of anyone who might have interaction with a homeless pet.)

A new book is needed in Rowan Co.  Might I suggest this one?

8 thoughts on “Rowan Co Pound in NC: 33

  1. Apparently it’s going around. I listened to Nathan Winograd speak about the Michigan Humane Society this weekend. They seem to have the same issue although they also have problems with mathematics. They say they are at almost 100% saving ‘adoptable’ animals, yet they are killing 70% (going from memory here) of the animals that come in. What? Absolutely sickening.

    Thanks for your blogs and all that you do for animals.

    1. I live in Michigan and questioned MHS about their statistics. Statistics only matter when they want to use them to raise money. They know they are misleading and, unfortunately, way too many people are buying into it and sending them lots of money!

      It’s a crazy world we live in right now and I don’t know what’s going to make it better – other than those of us who are doing what we can where we are. I’m so sorry for those who suffer because of the cruelty/neglect of us humans.

      1. This summer, the MHS kill rate was reported at 90%. MHS claimed that the disgustingly high rate was due to dog-fighting rings primarily, and that there is nothing wrong with their practices. When outside rescue groups requested an external audit be done, MHS refused, and 3 board members resigned in protest.

        There are also reports of them putting down dogs other humane societies had deemed as being perfectly adoptable.

    2. Can you believe the Spartanburg Humane Society (kill rate 78%) in SC sent 38 animals up to the MHS saying they were sending them to RESCUE?!

    3. I heard bout the 70% euth rate about the time I heard of the 4 board members resigning , due to same. About the same time I heard of Spartanburg’s “puppy transport to our shelter partner”, yep, MHS. Spartanburg told folks it was “not the same one” , PR guy at MHS sent me an email saying different.

  2. It comes down to who is in charge of these high kill rate “shelters.” What could be done to take their jobs or at least expose them for their lousy records?

    Anything less than saving 90% of the animals is unacceptable.

  3. I’m in Carroll Co., MD. If you look at the numbers from our “Humane Society” for the dogs that are truly in need of a new home (take out the return to owners, and the owner requested euth.) 1 in 2.2 are killed, yet the director will tell people she hasn’t killed a healthy, adoptable dog in ten years. I suspect if the dog is repeatedly at large, and it come to a point that it would be less expensive to adopt the dog, than to pay the fines, she kills the dog so the owners can’t just send someone down to adopt it, and give it back to them. I can’t prove that, of course.
    W/ the cats, “adoptable” seems to equal “owner surrender w/ vet records” because the strays almost never get offered for adoption. I try to get fliers out to help the kitties get home in time, if the location where they were found is given. It’s pretty much the only chance they have. The owners have to pay a $40 impound fee to get them back, + $5 for each night the cat was there. It’s perfectly legal for cats to roam here, so I have no idea how they justify that fee.
    This weekend, I met someone who told me she wasn’t allowed to adopt there, because only county residents are allowed to adopt. I’m calling tomorrow to find out if that is true. I can’t imagine anyone would lie to me about it, though. Don’t even get me started on the crappy hours, and the “emergency pens.” They’ve got a lot of nerve calling themselves a “Humane Society.” I suspect, if most people really took a look at what their shelter really does, instead of what they say, they would find situations like this pound you describe. Mine is a very well funded shelter, too, located in a fairly affluent area of suburbia and farmland. It’s shocking how many excuses they can come up with, when there is NO excuse.

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