State of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka visited the Humane Society of Central Illinois on Wednesday, September 28 to celebrate the 100th adoption from her statewide Comptroller's Critters program. A cat named Cissy – who had been at HSCI for over a year – was the lucky adoptee marking the milestone. Judy presented a gift to Cissy and her owner, as well as to Bluto, a Comptroller's Critter dog adopted at the same time by another owner.
Judy is a long-time pet adoption supporter, and she is using her office's website to help many shelters across Illinois advertise the animals they have up for adoption. Comptroller's Critters was designed to give people the opportunity to adopt a pet and help reduce costs at a state and local level. The effort helps address animal overpopulation and save on animal control costs.
"As the state's Chief Fiscal Officer, I not only watch over public dollars, but also want to keep an eye on our four legged friends. I believe that it is always important to keep a pet companion in a loving family environment," states Topinka on her website.
The Humane Society of Central Illinois and other participating shelters post photos and descriptions about pets currently available for adoption. Each pet adopted is awarded a commemorative certificate signed by Comptroller Topinka to recognize and welcome the animal into the program alumni.
Judy Baar Topinka arrives at the shelter!
HSCI President Kathy Schniedwind and Judy.
A gift is presented to Cissy's "human".
Kathy and Judy.
Jenn, Carson and Judy.
Carson and Judy share a moment!
Judy visits the dogs.
Cissy's adopter, Judy and Kathy.
Judy visits the cats.
Thank you Judy for supporting the pets!