Located approximately halfway between Cincinnati and Columbus is Fayette Regional Humane Society (FRHS) in Washington Court House, Ohio. Originally formed in 1979, this inspiring organization dedicated to fighting animal cruelty and working for a better life for animals has grown from a small group of animal lovers with no programs to a strong force for animal welfare in southern rural Ohio. FHRS, which is not a government agency and does not receive operational support from national organizations, serves an area covering four counties.
In 2019, the organization and its tireless board, staff, and volunteers found homes for 1,220 cats, dogs, and other animals (including parakeets, a chicken, a white rat, a pony, and a few guinea pigs). Also in 2019, through their trap, neuter, return program Operation Cat Snip, they sterilized 502 stray and feral cats, and performed nearly 2,000 animal sterilization surgeries overall. FHRS also provides basic healthcare and spay/neuter for the pets of income-qualified pet owners. The organization looks on track to meet or beat their 2019 success this year, as they surpassed 1,000 adoptions as of September 16, 2020.
PetAirapy is proud to have worked with FHRS last year and to be an ongoing part of their infection control strategy. We caught up with the organization’s executive director, Lee Schrader, DVM, and asked him to share a bit about the PetAirapy UV disinfection technology installation at the facility.
“We installed the PetAirapy system in fall of 2019, after seeing a large number of calicivirus infections in our cats. We are located in a remodeled office building which is not optimizes for animal housing. We needed a way to add a filtration system which would decrease the exposure of our animals to infectious diseases. PetAirapy was perfect as we could add it to our animal rooms and HVAC system without doing a lot of retrofitting.”
Dr. Schrader let us now that they “did see a significant decrease” in upper respiratory infections in the cats and they further “noted that our puppies were also healthier.“
As FHRS is raising funds to build a new shelter, Dr. Schrader says they are “very happy to know that PetAirapy can be easily moved and installed in our new building.”
To learn more about FHRS and how they’re serving the animals and people of southern rural Ohio, visit fayetteregionalhumane.org.
PetAirapy manufactures UV disinfection technology for animals and the humans who care for them.