Getting the word out to Vermilion County residents this year is the first goal of the new director for the Department of Animal Regulation.
Paige Brown of Rossville took over as head of the county department in mid-November and said she has already set her sights on “marketing, marketing, marketing.”
“Sometimes down here, sometimes this gets forgotten about,” she said of the facility along Catlin-Tilton Road. “We’re out here all by ourselves and that’s the one thing I noticed.”
Brown said she’s already working to get the word out through the department’s website and Facebook page and is planning an open house in the spring to show county residents a number of improvements made at the facility.
She wants the county’s Department of Animal Regulation to be the first option for people when it comes to getting a pet.
“You have to get that in people’s minds that when they’re looking for a pet that we’re down here,” she said. “That’s what I want to do — some community outreach things and some education things explaining why we do what we do.”
Taking on this job is a new opportunity for Brown, who has a degree in education and taught preschool for a number of years. She also worked for the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension as the 4-H coordinator before moving on three years ago and opening the Rossville Farmer’s Market with her husband and some partners.
But the business burned in May, giving Brown the chance at this animal regulation director’s position when it opened up.
“It’s a good challenge for me,” she said. “It’s a good fit for me because I love animals, I want to work hard to get them all homes. And I have some management skills that I bring to the table here.”