Carroll County Humane Society – Brief Documentary

Carroll County Humane Society – Brief Documentary


The Humane Society was established in the late 40’s. This building was built in 1982, as the county animal shelter and animal control. I’ve been in animal sheltering about 25 years. I oversee the operations of the Humane Society, which includes animal control and animal care. The animal control aspect is a 24 hour emergency service. I oversee the animal control officers here, and go over their reports, and check the calls each day making sure that everyone’s getting everything done properly. We’re out here to assist the public. We’re out here to assist the citizens of Carroll county. And also we’re out here to assist the pets of Carroll county, whatever it may be, livestock, wildlife, domestic. Each day it’s a different challenge, day could start off with horses in a roadway, or cattle in a roadway, or you could receive a call for a citizen needing assistance, for say, some type of wildlife in their house, or it could be just as simple as just assisting someone with their pets. Pet overpopulation, you know, is why we’re in business. That, and animal cruelty. The thing with overpopulation is it’s a solvable issue. We give shelter and care to the displaced, unwanted, and stray animals of the community. We take in any animal. We try to rescue, rehabilitate, and adopt out everything that comes through our doors. My name is Kelly Keiner, I am the office manager. I’ve been here for 12 years. We do same-day adoptions. People come in here they look at the animals, they visit with them, and if it’s something they want to adopt they fill out a questionnaire, and we do background checks to see if, you know, they are suitable for adopting. We provide adoption services, which obviously is one of the big ways we make money, and also save lives. We also have a mobile adoption unit that we take out throughout the county. So, besides just adopting from this location, we’re able to take that to the other reaches of the county. We’ll set up at Wal-Marts, Tractor Supply. We also take it to a lot of the local events, Pet-Expo, Farm-Expo, things of that nature. Obviously monetary donations are big, but also, frankly, donations of time, volunteerism, is huge for us. The adoption events, we can’t do it with paid staff entirely, there’s twelve people that work here. One of the things that we’ve been able to do recently is we opened up a community cat room, where the cats are grouped together gregariously. It’s a nice area for the public to come in, interact with the cats, and we’re just about done with it, we have a mural that’s going up but the cats and the furnishings are all set up. Dogs cost seventy dollars to adopt, they’re fixed, they’re microchipped, they’ve had their first set of shots, they’re given a flea treatment, and cats are fifty dollars. They’re fixed, rabies shots, microchips. You know, make sure you get your animals spayed and neutered because the overpopulation out there is horrendous, you know, we see it all in here. Any time we get animals in here we have to send them out, and get them fixed. If you ever have an opportunity to come out to the Humane Society, please come out, see what we’re all about. Take a tour, adopt one of our many animals out here that are available to the public. If you wanna do a ride-along with one of the officers, that’s always available. There’s volunteer programs that are up and running to assist with the many animals that come through the doors. We’re here to help, we’re here to assist whatever needs that the public may have. It’s very rewarding, at the end of the day, where you know that you went out and you assisted and helped someone with their pets. I love my job, it’s a really cool job. Working with the citizens of the county and the animals. You know, we obviously encourage the community to use us as a resource not only for problems in the community, but also to come and adopt, for your next best friend.

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