Humane Society having a 'ruff' time getting animals adopted

2018-07-03 | Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.)

July 03--GLENFIELD -- A pet's love may be unconditional, but adoptions have dipped at the Lewis County Humane Society. Sue Faduski manages the no-kill shelter, and explains the challenges of the society, 6390 Pine Grove Road.

"We are in the midst of a lot of cats. The kittens get adopted very quickly but that makes the older cats a lot harder to get adopted. These lovely ladies are 8 years old," she said, pointing out one of the cat rooms.

It is difficult to not notice the impressive conditions the animals are kept in at the society. It is immaculately clean, air conditioned, all animals have their shots, cats are kept in rooms as opposed to small cages and each dog has a comfortable blanket or bed to relax in, with the kennels freshly redone over the winter. But that doesn't mean they don't need to leave the shelter.

"This time of year is very quiet for adoptions because summer break just began, so people are pretty busy and going on vacations. We would love to see more adoptions," Mrs. Faduski said.

Part of the problem is animals not being spayed or neutered, or people abandoning them or dropping them off at local barns.

"It's a farm community so people see that as an opportunity to drop off an unwanted animal, but then those farmers already have too many barn cats, so they surrender them to us," she said.

The humane society is not funded by the county, the state, or any outside organizations. The society relies solely on donations and volunteers to keep the shelter afloat and the animals healthy, clean and comfortable.

"We have a surrender fee and adoption fees but even then we aren't making money; it is just paying for the care of the animals and keeping everyone up-to-date on their shots," Mrs. Faduski said.

As soon as visitors enter the Lewis County Humane Society, they are greeted by the curious meows of Maizey the cat, followed by excited greetings from the dogs around the corner. The first dog anyone sees is Henry, who was taken in after an unfortunate case of abuse.

"Henry was found at the end of March abandoned in a home with very little food and water. He had lost 30 to 40 pounds and had a urinary tract infection, as well as other illnesses from his malnourishment. He is waiting for his forever home and doing very well health-wise. He is a big baby and a sweet, loving guy. The only thing is, he is a pit bull so he is having a hard time getting adopted," Mrs. Faduski said as she took Henry out to play. He showed off his sit trick and gave plenty of kisses.

There are two more pits aside from Henry, and Mrs. Faduski says it's a shame that the breed has a bad stigma.

"Pits are hard to adopt but we think they're wonderful," she said.

She shared a story where two women didn't realize Henry, who is clearly a pitbull at glance, was a pit bull because of his perfect behavior when going for a walk with Mrs. Faduski.

"People have preconceived ideas about the pits and they're not true. They're wonderful," she said.

Because the Humane Society runs solely on volunteer work and donations, it is always accepting food, toys, comfort items and even someone simply coming to interact with the animals. That is exactly what Melissa and Nathan Jantzi stopped in to do Monday afternoon.

"We've already gotten two cats from here before and they're amazing. Wonderful pets," Mrs. Jantzi said as her son gave some pets to the cats, his cat tattoo visible on his arm. "We came today to pet them and drop off some food, we love to give them attention," she said.

Mrs. Faduski welcomes all volunteers or donations and strongly encourages everyone to adopt.

"They're all lovers," she said, and each dog and cat will greet you with a kiss or a rub to prove it.

The Lewis County Humane Society is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 315-376-8349.