Thursday, May 17, 2012 05:04 pm
PUPPY LOVE (AND CATS, TOO)
Euthanasia rates for stray dogs and cats in Sangamon County are the lowest they’ve ever been, says Mary Ann Morris, president of Friends of Sangamon County Animal Control (SCAC). “Maybe it’s because we’re all working together,” Morris says, referring to cooperation between her nonprofit group of volunteers, SCAC itself and the Springfield-based Animal Protection League, which provides spaying and neutering for animals at SCAC. Friends of SCAC pays for animal beds, heartworm medication, vaccinations and other costs for animals at SCAC. “We just care about dogs and cats,” Morris says. “We saw the need for more care than what they’re able to provide at the county level.” The group recently won second place in the national “Share the Love” contest sponsored by the ASPCA and auto maker Subaru, providing $5,000 in prize money that Morris says will go toward getting more animals adopted. To celebrate, Friends of SCAC is having an adoption open house from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at Sangamon County Animal Control, 2100 Shale Rd. The event will feature free food and drinks, facility tours and reduced rates for animal adoption. For more information, visit www.friendsofac.org.