July 9, 2018
For Immediate Release
Madison County joins network to assist animals
EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County is planning to network more in order to save shelter pets.
The Public Safety Committee approved a resolution Monday that will allow Animal Care and Control to enter into an agreement with Best Friends Network, a program of Best Friends Animal Society.
“Being part of the Best Friends Network will give Madison County the ability to connect with area animal welfare groups, as well as those across the country, and a chance to save more animals,” Katherine Conder, manager at Animal Control, said.
Since taking the job as animal control last month, Conder is committed to making things better for the shelter’s pets and the community. She said by joining the network the county would be able to develop new partnerships with rescue groups and local nonprofits.
"We are stronger as a community if everyone is successful," she said. “Our goal is to save as many animals as we can.”
The county will receive a $1,000 grant for becoming a member of the network.
“Usually you’re required to pay to be member of something,” Conder said. “Instead, we are getting a grant for joining.”
Conder said by being a partner in the network, the county will have the opportunity to participate in adoption promotions, apply for grants, access Best Friends resources and take advantage of corporate sponsorship. Animal control employees would also be able to participate in workshops and conferences too.
Chairman Kurt Prenzler said he believes that by becoming a network partner it will give animal control more resources in order to save the lives of shelter pets.
“Our goal to be able to reach the 90 percent save rate,” Conder said. “By becoming part of a larger network we believe we will be able to succeed.”