Dubuque Humane Society sees uptick in adoptions after changing euthanasia policy

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) The Dubuque Humane Society is reaching a high adoption rate for cats, dogs, and other animals this summer after changing some policies at the beginning of the year.

At the end of last year, the Humane Society had found homes for more than 1,500 animals. As of the end of June, roughly 900 animals have found homes. The Dubuque Humane Society also has a 95% rate for finding homes for its animals, ten points higher than last year’s number.

The Humane Society is also receiving a lot of animals as well. Since the start of the year, they have taken in 500 cats, 250 of them just since May and June.

“We’ve been adopting them out very quickly, we’ve had to have some special promotions to do so but the great thing is that they are going to homes,” Dubuque Humane Society Maria Benham said.

Most dogs are adopted within 5 days of being received and 10 days for cats. The younger animals, under a year, go even quicker than that, sometimes within just 3 days.

The Humane Society changed their euthanasia policy at the beginning of this year. They decided to treat dogs with behavioral problems rather than putting them down.

The Humane Society updates their website when they have new animals up for adoption.