Executive Director of Resource Development
Ivy Tech Community College
8000 South Education Drive
Terre Haute, IN 47802
800.377.4882 Ext. 2482
A Vision for the Future
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 The Society's facility is outdated and in need of significant maintenance and upgrades.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
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.