A Partnership for Animal Welfare and Educational Development

A Vision for the Future

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The Terre Haute Humane Society and Ivy Tech Community College have developed a co-location initiative that promises to benefit students, animals and the community as a whole.

Vigo County is struggling under significant strain from already tight budgets and the economic pressures that have forced more and more people to give up the family pets they can no longer afford. The Humane Society has struggled to achieve its mission and sustain its vital services. The Society's facility is outdated and in need of significant maintenance and upgrades. The economic downturn and its resulting increase in owner-surrendered animals have only amplified the challenges the Society faces. Even during these difficult times, the euthanasia rate has dramatically decreased to 1%.

At the same time, persons in the Wabash Valley who want to assist animals by making animal health their career must travel more than 60 miles beyond the community to find the closest educational opportunities in this field. For Ivy Tech Wabash Valley this is an opportunity for its strong School of Health Sciences, whose programs are flourishing, to serve even more students.

Bringing the Vision to Reality

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In order to finance the project and accomplish these priorities, it will be vital to undertake a major capital campaign, along with several targeted asks from the private sector. In the planning stages of project development, cost estimates are between $2 and $4 million to renovate the building and properly equip the facility.

Ivy Tech Community College and the Terre Haute Humane Society have hired American City Bureau, Inc. to conduct a feasibility study to assess the projected fundraising goal and determine community support of the collaborative project.

Your participation in this important process will help us position the project for success and expedite our ability to meet the needs of our animals, students and community. To learn more on how you can help, please contact Becky Miller, Executive Director of Resource Development.