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Humane society in Janesville hires veterinarian to its staff

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- For the first time in its more than 100-year history, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has hired a veterinarian to its staff.

Becky Stuntebeck began working at the humane society in Janesville earlier this month.

Stuntebeck is currently working two days a week as the shelter vet. Her schedule will soon expand to three days of work each week, although executive director Brett Frazier said the HSSW hopes to begin bringing Stuntebeck in four days a week "in the very near future."

Prior to hiring Stuntebeck, the humane society was contracted with a veterinarian who would work one day each week. That made for a challenge in performing the roughly 1-thousand spay and neuter surgery that Frazier estimated are done at the HSSW each year.

"Every animal, every cat and dog, that we adopt out gets spayed or neutered before he or she goes home," said Stuntebeck.

"We want to (perform surgery) on more animals more frequently so that we can keep them coming and have a steady supply of puppies and kittens ready to go," she said.

Stuntebeck said only veterinarians are legally authorized to perform spaying or neutering surgery. Veterinarians are also the only people that can diagnose illnesses in pets and prescribe animals with medications.

"We're excited for what this means for the health of the pets here," Frazier said.

Frazier said the humane society found the funding to hire Stuntebeck from a variety of sources.

"We took a hard look at how much we were spending on the spay and neuter surgeries and decided to repurpose those dollars. We moved them over to paying for an on-staff veterinarian," Frazier said. "We paired that with some new funding the board has given us."

Frazier said the aforementioned "new funding" came from donations and fundraising. He said additional money came from funding that otherwise would have been spent on transporting animals out of the building for veterinary care that Stuntebeck can now provide.

Stuntebeck said she's excited to be working with shelter animals.

"These are the animals that need my help the most," Stuntebeck said. "I felt like it was my calling to be working with the classic underdogs."

"The classic underdogs are the animals here who haven't been matched with the right family yet," she said. "I want to help them get to that point."
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