Springfield Wants to Lower Organizations' Pet Fees
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is asking for help to defray the fees paid by organizations that help people adopt pets from its animal shelter.
The rescue organizations pay an $8-per-animal fee, which covers about a third of the costs of some animal control services, such as immunizations.
The health department says the shelter doesn't have enough employees to do pet adoptions at the cramped shelter.
The Springfield News-Leader reports working with rescue organizations has helped drop the shelter's euthanasia rate from more than 55 percent in 2006 to less than 12 percent last year.
Health department officials estimate about 700 animals will go to rescue organizations the rest of this year. It would like to raise $5,600 to cover the cost of the fees for the organizations.