General operating expenses,and support of capital campaign for new animal shelter
Specific project or program supported by this grant:
Part of this grant from the Annabelle Klippel Fund is being used to support our special medical expenses for animals needing veterinary care while they are in our shelter. These needs include repair of injuries such as broken legs and heartworm treatment.
Part of this grant has also been applied to the capital building fund for our new shelter campaign. The Annabelle Klippel Fund will be acknowledged by a plaque in our new building.
The area served is all of Bartholomew Couny, Indiana. This area is located in south central Indiana on I-65, 40 miles south of Indianapolis.
Pet owners who must surrender their animals, potential pet owners who want to adopt homeless animals and families of all ethnic and cultural diversities are a significant part of the people we serve.
Number of people reached/served by this grant:
Our shelter medical fund is a growing need. The grant will help us provide more specific needs care for homeless animals to give them the appropriate medical attention so that they can regain a healthy status making them more suitable for adoption.
The portion of the grant being used for our capital campaign is a significant help for us to achieve our goal of a new shelter in 2012. We are in desperate need of a new building to improve our service to the community and provide a safe and clean environment for the animals we serve and the staff and clients who use the building.
The mission of the Bartholomew County Humane Society is to provide humane support care, shelter and medical attention to abandoned and homeless animals, to place adoptable animals in permanent homes and to promote education for responsible pet ownership.
The main story that dramatizes how we help both people and animals relates to a father and his son who came to our shelter with a dog and cat they had to surrender because the father had lost his job. They had been sleeping in the car with the animals because they could not afford housing. The father had found work in Ohio, and they were on their way there, but could not take the animals. As they left, the child said, "Dad, do we have to sleep in the car again tonight?" Out shelter staff was very upset that they could not help them stay in our community, but were able to find homes for the pets. The serious economic conditions have affected a large number of families in similar ways. Shelters across the country are seeing an increase in pets surrendered because of the loss of a job resulting in the loss of a home.