Humane Society of Genesee County has new executive director

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BURTON (WJRT) - (01/05/17) - The animals at the Humane Society of Genesee County are wagging their tails a little more vigorously; the agency has a new executive director.

Ruth Cantor has been in the banking business for 40 years but had served on the board of the Humane Society for six years. When she was offered the job of executive director, she jumped at the chance.

"Every day our intake area takes in a large variety of animals for a myriad of reasons. So one of our challenges is always finding wonderful homes for the animals that come in to us every day," Cantor said.

Cantor says people seem to be a little more willing to adopt pets today than they did a few years ago. Dogs and cats that come to the Humane Society can stay as long as they need to. They are never euthanized because they overstayed their visit. In December, about 180 animals were adopted there. November had similar numbers.

The Humane Society of Genesee County is a non-profit organization that depends of donations and adoption fees.

It was without an executive director for six months before Cantor left her job with Chase Bank to take over. She says fellow animals lovers will know what she's talking about when she says there's a bond she feels with animals.

"It's something that's really unexplainable. Any animal lover will be able to recognize that immediate connection they feel with a dog or a cat or a puppy or a kitten. It's just so heartwarming. It's very gratifying. I'm really loving my time here," Cantor said.

All dogs and cats that leave the Humane Society have been spayed or neutered and given blood tests. They are also micro-chipped.

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