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Ivy Tech wants to offer veterinary health education opportunities as a part of its course offerings, while the Humane Society requires a new facility and the ability to meet the ever-growing demands for animal welfare services and educational outreach.

In partnership, the two organizations have created a dynamic vision for Vigo County and its surrounding communities - to provide students with onsite clinical experiences in the Terre Haute Humane Society's new shelter at the College's southern Vigo County location.

Ivy Tech Foundation has purchased the former Doughmakers building in the southern Vigo County Industrial Park. The building will be the co-location site for the much-needed new Humane Society/shelter operations and Ivy Tech's veterinary health education programs.

An Important Initiative

The new partnership that Ivy Tech Community College and the Terre Haute Humane Society have decided to pursue will provide space for an updated shelter and will improve service to the greater Terre Haute region, both in humane rescue and rehabilitation of homeless animals and in the professional preparation of persons in the veterinary technician, animal-assisted therapy, kennel management, grooming and allied enterprises.

Benefits to the Humane Society and the shelter include a brand new facility, new equipment and an influx of human resources with the addition of the veterinary sciences students fulfilling clinical hours. More time can be spent on building the future and the sustainability of the organization if less time has to be spent on trying to maintain a dated facility and meeting the most basic needs of the animals.

Benefits to Ivy Tech and its students include the opportunity to partner with an important community organization and the onsite availability of clinical space providing experiential learning.

In turn the community can experience a new paradigm for community partnerships: working together for the benefit of the entire community, and an overall improved quality of life for both its two-legged and four-legged citizens.

What a New Shelter Could Mean for the Community

  • Sustain low euthanasia rates, currently among the lowest rates in the nation;
  • Improved and expanded educational programs on humane animal treatment in the Wabash Valley and throughout west central Indiana;
  • Improve public access and ease of use, extending the Society's visibility and enabling it to build on its role as a leader in humane issues throughout the region;
  • More efficient use of the Society's human and financial resources;
  • Apply resources to expanded human and animal health services rather than maintaining a decaying facility;
  • An expanded role as a model and teaching center in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College for the local community and especially other humane societies;
  • Increased accessibility to the Society's programs to people of all abilities; and
  • A resource center for homeless animals throughout the region. Successful, aggressive adoption programs will enable the Society to take in more surplus animals from other shelters, thereby having a broad impact on society by decreasing the euthanization of animals in many communities.