The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Editorials

May 5, 2014

New start for animal group

Danville city officials should complete their agreement soon with the Vermilion County Department of Animal Control to officially take over the task of capturing strays and other duties of that nature.

The city had a long-running agreement with the Humane Society of Danville for animal control services, but questionable service, the appearance of mismanagement and a director who did not possess the proper Illinois licenses to do the tasks involved caused the city to break the connect. And that situation caused those who support the Humane Society and its mission to revamp the organization.

The Humane Society will continue to offer animal adoptions, and now has changed to a no-kill shelter. That means strays or other animals under its care will no longer be euthanized as they had been in the past.

Volunteers now run the Humane Society, and its leaders hope to hire a full-time director soon. Although it no longer receives a monthly stipend from the city, it continues to collect fees for housing animals and its thrift shop has shown an increase in sales recently. Representatives from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine look after the animals. The facility on Collett Street has been improved, and they also pledge to work with the county’s Department of Animal Control.

It appears the situation comes up a win for all involved. The city gains effective animal control from experienced hands at the county. The Humane Society has put itself back on the path of recovery. And, most of all, the animals will receive the care they deserve.

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