Winnebago County Animal Services announces that the facility at 4517 N. Main St. is extending business hours with the hope of increasing adoptions.
Animal Services will be open two hours longer on Monday evenings and two hours longer on Saturday afternoons. Monday business hours will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Aug. 1.
In a July 11, 2005, article in the Rockford Register Star, it was reported that WCAS Director Gary Longanecker would ask County Board members to spend $3,900 to extend shelter hours for two months. This would cover employee wages and extended adoption hours on Mondays and Saturdays.
County Board Member Mary Ann Aiello (R-9) commented on the meeting at which the change was decided. Everybody realized theres got to be something done, that we cant just keep euthanizing, she said. This is a pilot program. The budget is coming up. The final budget starts Oct. 1, the new fiscal year. So we thought we could start from Aug. 1 to Oct. 1. This is why we did it…that we are going to know that starting Aug. 1, hours will be extended. [The facility] will be open till 8 p.m. on Monday. Normally, it was 2 p.m. on Saturday; now it will be till 4 p.m. We hope in the new budget, we will be able to extend them longer on Wednesday, but it hasnt been approved. We have to go for the new budget year. We are going to get more people hired.
From the Aug. 3-9, 2005, issue