Crawford Co. Humane SocietyShelter Profile: Crawford County Humane Society
Written in 2002 by the Central Illinois German Shepherd Dog Rescue

When you first step into the Crawford County Humane Society (CCHS) in Robinson, Illinois, if it were not for the barking dogs beyond the door leading into the kennel area, you may not at first realize that you are in shelter. The atmosphere is home-like and comfortable. The volunteers are eager to help. The shelter is a little off the beaten path but is worth finding.

The Central Illinois German Shepherd Dog Rescue has helped to rehome several animals from this facility. Currently up for adoption, our Shepherd/Lab mix Buddy, is a CCHS alum. [Update: Buddy was adopted into a very spoiling family on April 14, 2003]

Amazingly the volunteers at this shelter do not appear to be jaded, even after receiving so many puppies each year from unwanted litters. Why so many unwanted litters? There are too many people who do not spay/neuter their animals. Unfortunately, this means that many puppies that are brought into the shelter must die for lack of space.

CCHS is very open and knowledgeable about their policies and are more than happy to share them with interested parties. For instance, last years CCHS adoption rate for dogs was 64% with around 25% of those dogs "adopted" to rescue organizations like the Central Illinois German Shepherd Dog Rescue.

CCHS began 10 years ago and the present shelter was built 4 years ago on land donated by a gentleman with the help of money donated by 2 other main donors. The shelter has Crawford County's Animal Control contract. Since beginning the use of Petfinder (http://www.petfinder.com) in January of 2001 CCHS adoptions have gone up considerably for dogs (as can be seen by the chart below).

Year
Pet type
Received
at HHCS
Adopted*
Returned
to Owner
Euthenized
2000
Dogs
1100
227
120
669
 
Cats
733
217
14
463
2001
Dogs
961
614
77
282
 
Cats
906
306
11
489

* including adoptions to rescue organizations

We, the Central Illinois German Shepherd Dog Rescue, greatly appreciate the work of those working at the Crawford County Humane Society. We understand that their job is not easy, and we thank them for working so hard at saving dogs by working so closely with rescue groups. This is truly a model humane society. Please visit them on the web at: http://www.petfinder.org/shelters/crawfordcounty.html
 

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