We Save Animals

In 1913 a small group of citizens concerned about animal welfare chartered the Terre Haute Humane Society. Today, its commitment continues as it works toward the prevention of all unnecessary animal suffering and teaches kindness toward all living things through an area-wide education program.

In the last 10 years, euthanasia rates have dropped from 80% to 1%. Cats are adopted at a rate reaching 61 percent. This compares with a national average of 25 percent for dogs and 24 percent for cats. In addition, nearly 26,000 local children received education on the humane treatment of animals, and donor participation reached 34,000 supporters.

While proud of what it has been able to accomplish, the Society faces tremendous challenges. The current facility has long served the Society, but the needs of the organization and the demands from the community have outgrown and progressed far beyond the capabilities of the existing structure.

An Outdated Facility

  • The Society receives about 3,000 animals a year but only has 100 cages and six outdoor kennels in a cramped space to meet animal needs.
  • There is little space for clients to comfortably get acquainted with a potential friend.
  • The long-term isolation area is cramped and offers limited possibilities to separate sick cats and dogs.
  • There is inadequate space for animals processing, bite quarantine, protective custody and emergency boarding.
  • Extensive cracking in the kennels' surfaces and the inability to control indoor climate make it increasingly difficult to maintain a healthy environment for the animals
  • With cold water and low water pressure, kennels cannot be adequately cleaned.
  • The kennels' outdated layout often causes noise to exceed maximum levels and means more stress and more illness for the animals.
  • Adequate heat and air conditioning are absent in most areas of the shelter, making for difficult working conditions for employees and volunteers.
  • Access for disabled clients and employees is extremely limited, as current OSHA and ADA regulations were not considerations when the facilities were built.