ESCANABA - The Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba hopes to find success in placing as many animals as possible into loving homes this holiday season.
The shelter currently has 92 animals housed at its facility and still boasts a 100 percent adoption rate, according to Delta Animal Shelter Manager Sue Gartland.
"Our current adoption rates are roughly between 80 and 90 a month and the lost animals that find homes usually is around 20 per month," she said.
She estimates about 1,200 animals have come to them this year and stresses the importance of the shelter in the community.
"We are a local shelter so we're not affiliated with any national organization," Gartland said. "I think that's a misconception with the public, but all money donated here stays to our animals here - and the volume of animals in need in this community is overwhelming."
So how is the shelter able to maintain a 100 percent adoption rate for its adoptable animals?
"We invest medically into all our animals, so we're spending over $100 per animal to get them ready to go into a home and that's keeping them healthier and adoptable," she said.
The Delta Animal Shelter has also teamed up with other shelters across the Upper Peninsula to help when there are space limitations for animals and has developed a home-based fostering system for special needs animals who may have an illness or a medical need. All animals have microchips placed in them, as well.
"What we really see is that increase in return-to-owner rate so when we have an animal that comes in, it's very nice to scan him and have a phone number accessible immediately," Gartland said of the microchip program.
The shelter has even participated in a program at the Alger Correctional Facility where an inmate is assigned to work with a dog in an effort to make the animal more adoptable and sociable.
For more information on the shelter, call 789-0230, visit it at 6685 N.75 Dr., Escanaba, or visit its website at www.deltaanimal.org.