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Animal Care Report

Animal Care Report

Providing Hope

The Fox Valley Humane Association has been saving lives, easing suffering and providing hope and life saving services for pets and people for 124 years. We aren’t afraid to take on the tough challenges or do the hard work. Because of that we remain the only full service humane society in our community and surrounding areas. We never turn an animal in need away and we place 100% of our adoptable pets into new homes. The FVHA remains focused on saving lives, providing the highest quality programs and services and offering life changing opportunities for pets and people.

Because of all these things we were able to SAVE THE LIVES OF 6263 ANIMALS IN 2016! A 22% INCREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR!

36% increase in adoptions

  • 59.5% were dogs
  • 38.2% were dogs
  • 58% originated from the Fox River Valley
  • 42% came from Wisconsin Humane Societies and Rescues and the Bark Bus

2% decrease reuniting lost pets with owners

  • 83.3% were dogs
  • 8% were cats

22% increase in animals entering the shelter

  • 55.2% were dogs
  • 42% were cats
  • 2.8% were exotics

In 2016 over 96% of the work we did was with the homeless, injured and desperately ill animals of our community. Sadly not every animal can be saved and any decision to euthanize a pet for health reasons is done after carefully consulting with and at the direction of our veterinary team.  In addition, any euthanasia for behavioral reasons is determined by using nationally established protocols. We also have a seasoned trainer of 33 years and behaviorist on staff that oversees the many rehabilitation and training programs. 100% of our adoptable pets are placed into new homes because of our many cutting edge rehabilitation programs. Ultimately, we continue to support pet owners with end of life compassionate care for aging and ill pets.

The staff and volunteer force of the Fox Valley Humane Association is made up of hard working, dedicated and compassionate people who believe in doing the very best we can for every animal and owner that comes through our doors.

Listed below are just some of the many illnesses treated by one of our on-staff veterinary teams in 2015:

  • ear hematomas
  • ear infections
  • ear mites
  • eye infections
  • heartworm
  • eye enucleation
  • corneal ulcers
  • bladder stones
  • lumps removed and tested
  • hernias
  • upper respiratory infections
  • food allergies
  • feline calicivirus
  • feline herpesvirus
  • pneumonia
  • kennel cough
  • skin infections
  • cruciate ligament rupture
  • arthritis
  • entropion eyelid surgery
  • hypothyroidism
  • Ehrlichia
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Lyme disease
  • Mycoplasma
  • mastitis
  • tail injuries
  • rectal prolapse
  • heart disease
  • femoral head ostectomy
  • external parasites
  • frostbite
  • intestinal parasites
  • urinary tract infections
  • bite wounds
  • abscesses
  • malnutrition
  • neglect
  • diarrhea
  • coccidia
  • vomiting
  • dehydration
  • leg amputations
  • ring worm treatments
  • radiographs
  • fracture management
  • hyperthyroidism
  • kidney disease
  • dental radiography
  • tooth abscesses
  • fractured teeth
  • dental cleaning and extraction
  • pyometra
  • hit by car emergencies
  • lacerations
  • demodex mites
  • sarcoptes mites
  • skin allergies
  • trauma
  • cherry eye
  • cytology

One of the most exciting things from 2016 was the development of the Bark Bus program and the opportunity to save more lives.  The FVHA took on the challenge of working with 15 sending shelters from 6 southern states and 6 receiving shelters in Wisconsin.  Each week the Bark Bus travels to southern shelters and transports dogs back to Wisconsin for adoption.

Finding new homes for animals will always remain one of the primary goals of the Association but we also realized we needed to widen our circle of care in order to save more lives. We used our Positive Placement Programs to enhance existing adoption programs and provide additional life saving services. Next we developed our Community Collaboration Project that actually traveled into our communities providing quality low cost veterinary care.  These services helped families keep their pets instead of surrendering them to FVHA and provided services that helped low-income owners keep their pets.

We are all very proud of the work that was done in 2016 and we are so happy for the thousands of lives that were saved! All of us at the Fox Valley Humane Association are so very excited to share this with you.  Please join us in celebrating the great successes of 2016!

  • A total of 3,738 surgeries were performed in our veterinary center
  • 12,320 procedures were done (some pets receive more than one)
  • 5,620 animals received in-house care
  • 337 dentals were completed
  • 206 x-rays were done
  • 1,690 dogs were spayed or neutered.  A 54% increase
  • 1,581 cats were spayed or neutered
  • 68 rabbits were spayed or neutered
  • 133 pets were spayed or neutered for other organizations
  • 64 cats entered the Working Cat program.  A 73% increase
  • 244 animals used our Foster Home program before being adopted, a 32% increase
  • 623 pets received services through the Community Collaboration Project
  • 863 families used the Pet Food Pantry
  • 10,600 training and are consultations were done
  • 24 dogs completed the Rebound program
  • 304 dogs were trained in the Rover Done Over program
  • 746 active volunteers helped keep the shelter doors open
  • 17,788 hours were donated, a 12% increase
  • 72 Therapy Dogs received their Canine Good Citizen training and certification

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FVHA and our animal residents rely on the many dedicated, talented volunteers who give generously of themselves to help our animals that are in search of new homes. Our volunteers gave 10,963 hours of their time at the shelter in 2013 - this doesn't include time donated at events or through projects outside the shelter!

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