FISHERS – Despite being a brand new facility, the Hamilton County Humane Society Animal Shelter is full.
The shelter, which opened in April, is kill-free – animals that call it home temporarily are not at risk of being euthanized. However, due to the large number of animals, the individualized attention and care that each will receive is at risk.
There is something you can do to help ease the burden of an overcapacity shelter – which of course is adopt or foster.
Shiloh is a one-eyed pitbull terrier mix. She lived in the Hamilton County Humane Society shelter for a few months… but if you ask Megan Davis, Senior Director of Communications, it’s a few months too long.
“He’s one of the most amazing dogs. She’s incredibly playful, ”Davis said. “She loves to play with toys and she loves humans.”
Curled up in her favorite blanket, Shiloh is just one of hundreds of animals to adopt here, not only is the shelter full… it’s overcapacity right now.
“The capacity of this building is 350 animals, almost double our old building. But at the moment we currently have 420 animals in our care, ”said Davis. “We have relied heavily on our hospitality network, to be successful, these amazing people and families who can come into our building and bring animals home, whether they are sick or recovering from surgery – need of a stress break or because we are full like today.
420 animals are all waiting, counting on you to walk past their gleaming glass grids.
“It’s something that in our old facility, you know, we had these steel cage bars on the front of our kennels and here everything is glass,” Davis said. “So they’re really starting to interact with people, which is a huge difference.”
For all new shelter offerings, it’s always stressful for the animals, especially when they’re overcrowded. It is noisy and made to be a temporary home.
“As incredible as this building is, some animals just don’t thrive here. They are very stressed. And seeing them here isn’t always their real personality, ”said Davis. “Give them time. Come here and meet the animals that interest you and give them a few weeks in your home. Seeing adopters and families walk through these kennels and catteries and watch them interact with these animals… this is not only the highlight for us, but also the highlight for these animals.
Animals like Mia, a cat who was adopted by sixteen-year-old Abigail Phillips on Thursday afternoon.
“As soon as they opened the box she jumped up and was running around the room and she was super playful so that’s what made me want her,” Phillips said. “We walked in and pretty much right away they let us go and look at all the cats, they had four different rooms and us, they just let us roam around and look at them all and then they let us pick a few. -a. we wanted to meet, get in a room with them and play with them a bit and it was really fun.
If you give one of the hundreds of animals inside a chance … chances are you’ll find yourself in a similar situation.
“There are so many amazing animals in this building right now… we guarantee we’ll be able to find the right one for you and help you find your new furry family member,” Davis said. “Adoption is so important to these animals. It means a second chance to live, to love and to be loved, which is our reason for being here.
If you are interested in adopting any of the animals currently residing in the shelter, you can see them all, complete an application or schedule a visit on their site. website.
Saturday July 31st, the refuge will be hosting its 13th annual Wine, Wags & Whiskers event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Noblesville to help raise funds for the Humane Society.
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