New management at the Winnebago County Animal Shelter helps more pets find a home

WINNBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - More adoption and less euthanasia is the outcome Winnebago County Animal Services has seen over the past few months.

"Our goal here every day is to get better at what we do every day," said WCAS Administrator, Brett Frazier.

That's exactly what Frazier has done since taking over the role of administrator last August.

"Our euthanasia for both cats and dogs is down about 60%. That's an incredible number for such a short period of time. Our adoption for dogs is up 25%, but our adoptions for cats are almost up about 50%," Frazier said.

Frazier says the drastic change in numbers come from some minor adjustments made at the shelter.

"The way we do our intake exams and our intake process when animals come to the shelter are completely different," Frazier said.

When Frazier started the shelter housed more than 300 animals that number has since been cut in half.

"Were able to do that because our cat length of stay right now is under 10 days and our dog length of stay is right around 10 days. When I started the length of stays was measured in weeks or months," Frazier said.

Winnebago County Board Chairperson Frank Haney says he's glad to see the board made the right choice in electing such a determined leader.

"To have capable professionals is important. Brett's been a positive force their staff has done a great job as a whole and it’s very exciting," Haney said.

"Winnebago County Animal Services desires to provide services to the entire county that's what we've done for years and years and that's what we want to keep doing," Frazier said.

Frazier says in October the shelter went through retraining to implement more efficient ways to clean the kennels, new training techniques and ways to help the animals be more social.