Frequently Asked Questions
Looking for quick answers? Check out these common questions.
Does HSCI work with McLean County Animal Control or other rescues?
HSCI has a close effective working relationship with McLean County Animal Control. Animal Control has a different role in our community than HSCI, therefore, we can often help one another.
Animal Control’s program is designed to promote and protect the public, and animal safety. They enforce county and state animal control and welfare laws, rabies vaccination registration, bite investigations, and – in certain circumstances – the collection of stray animals. Strays are required to go to Animal Control so the owner has the opportunity to claim their pet. Animal Control is part of the county government and is supported by tax dollars. They also operate an adoption program.
When we have openings, HSCI transfers pets in from Animal Control agencies and other rescues that share the same standard of care as we do.
Our goal is to help local pets in need. By transferring pets into HSCI, we hope to give them another chance at finding a permanent home.
What does the adoption fee pay for?
The adoption fee is designed to offset some of the expenses of caring for each pet, including:
- Feline leukemia testing (cats)
- Spaying or neutering (dogs and cats)
- Providing appropriate vaccinations
- Heartworm testing (dogs) and given preventative
- Giving flea preventative/wormer
On average, the cost of vet care combined with the cost of housing, feeding, and caring for each pet for their entire stay is more than the adoption fee. We keep our adoption fee low to encourage more adoptions.
Will the HSCI provide medical care for my pet?
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer medical services to the public. As a charity, the HSCI has limited funds and is dependent on the generosity of its supporters. That generosity allows us to provide for pets in our care.
Do you ever decline applications?
There are many people who adopt from us, but we do not adopt to everyone. We require prospective adopters to complete an application. We review the application and do a variety of checks. These checks allow us to ensure that the home is ready for its new pet. Every application is unique and some applications may require additional time to review.
Our screening process is consistent with other humane societies and is necessary to ensure a permanent, committed home. We want to make sure each pet receives the time and attention it deserves to have a long, healthy, and happy life.
What will my donation support?
Your general donation supports the day-to-day operating expenses of the HSCI, including:
- Paying employees
- Providing animal care, including spaying and neutering
- Heartworm testing (dogs) and preventative
- Flea and tick preventative
- Vet bills
- Building maintenance costs
Whom do I contact if I have a question or problem?
If you have questions about your donation, you can contact the Pet Adoption Center
Where do your adoptable pets come from?
Some pets are relinquished by their owners because they can no longer care for them. Others are transferred from animal control facilities or other rescue groups.