Benton County saves money with dogs in better homes

BENTON COUNTY, WA. - The Benton County Animal Shelter has seen a big drop in the number of tenants. That's because the county is finding animals better homes and saving some cash.

The Animal Shelter recently partnered with the Benton-Franklin Humane Society. At no charge, the shelter allows the Humane Society to take dogs to offer for adoption.

Officials tell KEPR people prefer to adopt from the Humane society because of their extensive background checks.

Benton County loses nearly 45-dollars for each pet that is adopted. Officials say that it's not just about the money.

"Over at their facility they get them out a lot faster and they can do more of a background check process, putting them in better homes," said Benton County Animal Shelter Officer Cody Hamill.

Officials say you can still adopt from the shelter. The cost is 95 dollars per dog.