Humane society opens new adoption center

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

JANESVILLE—A handful of humane society cats will soon find themselves in new digs.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Rock County Humane Society will open a satellite adoption center at Janesville Petco, 2900 Deerfield Drive, No. 2, Janesville.

“It’s a really great space,” said humane society executive director Brett Frazier. “We’ll probably have about two to six cats out there to begin with.”

The humane society has about 32 cats and kittens available for adoption, and Frazier hopes the new facility will increase their chance of finding new homes.

Each cat or kitten at the humane society stays for an average of a “couple of mouths,” Frazier said in a news release.

“Every adoptable pet goes home, not matter how long it takes,” Frazier said in the news release. “In the long term, we’d like to see our animals in locations throughout the community because we believe that it will help us place them in homes quicker and allow us to help more animals in need.”

The humane society previously had a satellite adoption center at Mounds Pet Food Warehouse, 1725 Lodge Drive, Janesville. The company ended its relationship with the humane society in January after 14 years and more than 1,400 adoptions, saying that it would pursue other “avenues that support Rock County animal initiatives.”

Frazier said he’s working to reestablish the Mounds relationship, and he hopes to eventually have animals there, too.

The new adoption space at Petco previously was the store’s bird room.

A grant from the Petco Foundation helped remodel the space into an adoption center.

Along with dog and cat food and supplies, Petco sells small animals including fish, reptiles, hamsters and birds.

It does not sell cats and dogs and has been an advocate for animal shelters through its Think Adoption First campaign.

The adoption center at Petco will be open 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The humane society shelter at 222 S. Arch St., Janesville will continue to provide a temporary home to the majority of the organizations adoptable cats and kittens.

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