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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 5,142 ANIMALS IN 2015! A 44% INCREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR!

47% increase in adoptions

  • 42% were cats
  • 58%were dogs
  • 71% originated from the Fox River Valley
  • 29% came from PetSmart Rescue Wagon and other Humane Societies and Rescues

1% decrease reuniting lost pets with owners

  • 74% were dogs
  • 26% were cats

17% increase in animals entering the shelter

  • 31% were dogs
  • 26% were puppies
  • 5% were exotics

In 2015 over 95% 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 32 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.

We are a group of hard working, dedicated and compassionate people who strongly believe in doing the very best we can for every animal and owner that comes through our doors.

39% decrease in euthanasia due to illness

  • 9% were dogs due to untreatable illness
  • 91% were cats due to untreatable disease or illness

50% decrease in euthanasia due to behavioral issues

  • 55% were dogs due to severe behavioral reasons
  • 45% were cats were due to severe behavioral reasons

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
  • hyperthyroidism
  • Ehrlichia
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Lyme disease
  • Mycoplasma
  • mastitis
  • tail injuries
  • frostbite
  • intestinal parasites
  • urinary tract infections
  • bite wounds
  • abscesses
  • malnutrition
  • neglect
  • diarrhea
  • coccidia
  • vomiting
  • dehydration
  • leg amputations
  • ring worm treatments
  • radiographs
  • fracture management
  • 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

2015 has been an exciting year for the Fox Valley Humane Association. 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 the communities and provided services that helped low-income owners keep their pets.

We are so proud of the work that was done this year 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 2015!

  • 42% decrease in euthanized feral cats due to our TNR program in partnership with PetSmart Charities.  1,200 cats were treated, spayed or neutered, and released.  A total of 3,700 lives saved from a 3 year program.
  • A total of 3,550 surgeries were performed in our veterinary center
  • 12,421 procedures were done (some pets receive more than one)
  • 5,620 animals received in-house care
  • 208 dentals were completed
  • 118 x-rays were done
  • 1,028 dogs were spayed or neutered
  • 2,052 cats were spayed or neutered
  • 44 rabbits were spayed or neutered
  • 207 animals used our Foster Home program before being adopted, a 25% increase from 2014
  • 561 pets received services through the Community Collaboration Project
  • 1,794 families used the Pet Food Pantry
  • 477 animals were trained through FVHA programs
  • 9,995 training and care consultations were done
  • 22 dogs completed the Rebound program
  • 464 dogs were trained in the Rover Done Over program
  • 684 active volunteers helped keep the shelter doors open
  • 15,985 hours were donated, a 15.8% increase from 2014

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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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