Archive for the ‘Resource Allocation’ Category

Dog Wash to benefit homeless animals

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Calling all dirty dogs —
Charity dog wash is Saturday July 11!

Got a pup who could use a bath? Let our volunteers do it for just $10! While your dog enjoys (?) a gentle scrub, add a pedicure — nail trims are just $5.

And all proceeds benefit move to ACT! You’ll stay dry and protect your towels while you help improve the lives of homeless animals, support small all-volunteer rescues, promote adoption, and expose misconduct that compromises the outcome for homeless animals.

Bring your dirty dog to

For the Dogs!
10617 Zionsville Road (next to Pizza King)

Saturday, July 11
11:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Baths $10 Nail trims $5

…and take home a clean canine! Spread the word!

One voice for animals on the City-County Council

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Adamson

If you follow the mtA blog, you know we have repeatedly addressed the inadequate allocation of resources to Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

A lone City-County Councilor, Zach Adamson, seems to be aware of the anemic level of funding for IACC. Expressing concern about the Ballard administration’s commitment of $5 million in tax dollars for infrastructure and traffic improvements on the IUPUI campus, Adamson said

“We don’t have enough money to make the city function at its barest minimum for things like Animal Care and Control and public safety and paving roads, but again we always seem to find these enormous amounts of money for things unrelated to the city.”

IUPUI is a private institution. The Ballard administration is asking for a tax increase to fund additional police officers. While the standard answer is always that “money from this fund can’t be used for that purpose,” the excuse is wearing thin.

Others have tried to focus attention on the deplorable conditions at IACC. In a letter to the editor of the Indianapolis Star in May, Ellen Robinson of FACE asked

“So why does Indianapolis continue to hang on to an outdated Animal Control structure? With the kind of turnover they’ve experienced, why aren’t our city leaders exploring other options?”

Robinson noted IACC’s severely outdated facility, its struggle to maintain adequate staffing, and the turnover of 10 administrators in 12 years. One might argue that IACC needs renovation considerably more than IUPUI’s Natatorium.

A million here, a million there

According to a WTHR news story, Adamson has also expressed concern about nearly $10 million in no-bid contracts already signed by the city for services related to the proposed criminal justice center, for which a developer hasn’t even been selected. The IBJ reports that figure is closer to $12 million.

“When we first found there was a contract for consulting fees to the tune of $700,000, everyone was shocked, and it’s even more shocking that wasn’t the largest, that was the smallest.”

Adamson also wondered why a separate company had been contracted to provide services that seem to be the developer’s responsibility.

No group of employees in city government deals with the stress (and volume) of life, death and disease like those at IACC. There will never be adequate budgeting for primary needs, such as IACC and public safety, as long as elected officials are driven by greed, self-enrichment, and a need to subsidize campaign contributors.

Zach Adamson is at least aware. Remember his name.

An Open Letter to the Nina Pulliam Trust Board of Trustees

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Trustees
Nina Pulliam Charitable Trust
135 North Pennsylvania Street
Suite 2000
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Dear Trustees of the Nina Pulliam Charitable Trust,

It was a privilege to meet and visit with two of your board’s representatives, Maureen C. West and Kent E. Agness, at the announcement of the Pulliam Charitable Trust $1.25M grant to the Indianapolis Animal Welfare Alliance “Love me. Fix me” initiative on January 8.

On behalf of the many organizations, large and small, in central Indiana that work toward a better life for animals, I want to thank the Pulliam Trust, its Trustees, Lilly Endowment and The Tony Stewart Foundation for the generosity being shown to the animals with this gift. We are all excited about the difference this can make in the lives of so many animals.

Because I am sure you want this gift to be used responsibly and solely for the welfare of the animals, I feel obligated to share with you some concerns that have come to our attention at move to ACT.

Fiduciary responsibility
The first concern is that of fiduciary responsibility. I have received several emails expressing concern for the responsible handling of this generous gift. move to ACT, aware of the money-management history and current financial challenges of the lead agency, Humane Society of Indianapolis, shares this apprehension.

I am sure you have done your research and know that HSI has experienced profound debt. Our organization became acutely aware of this in 2004, when we learned that HSI had put the Mary Powell Crume Public Charitable Trust for animals (worth approximately $3.4M) at risk as collateral for a $1.7M line of credit. Ms. Crume presumably thought her Trust would be safe in the hands of its Trustee, HSI, which was also the income recipient of the Trust. This summary prepared by our attorney gives the details.

Restructuring debt is certainly a wise decision for any agency struggling in our economy, but our concern is for responsible oversight to prevent Ms. Pulliam’s gift from being used to pay for service on the lead agency’s debt as well.

Because move to ACT is committed to heightening community awareness about responsible use of charitable donations, we’ve reviewed some information in these two posts, which may be of interest to you.

Animal Philanthropy ~ Where Does the Money go?

Where does the money go? Some history. Part II

Organizational structure
Our second concern is with the Indianapolis Animal Welfare Alliance’s organizational structure. After two and a half years in existence, such an organization should

• Be registered with the Indiana Secretary of State
• Be approved for not-for-profit status
• Have established written bylaws, which would define the terms of its officers
• Have a treasurer

As of January 8, 2013 when Ms. Pulliam’s gift for this initiative was announced to the public, the IAWA had none of these.

Public interaction
Our third concern involves actions unbecoming an agency leading such a charitable organization.

Certainly HSI provides many wonderful services for the animals of Indianapolis and beyond. There is no doubt that many dedicated volunteers and employees care deeply about the animals. But leadership goes beyond social media images. It is demonstrated in the actions of agency representatives, which should, at the very least, reflect a spirit of kindness, tolerance and understanding. Such values were sadly lacking in the experience of this dog owner.

I did not have the privilege of meeting Nina Pulliam, but I would guess that she would have been disturbed by an animal organization, especially one enjoying the benefits and privileges of the Humane Society brand, treating people in this manner.

We also wonder if Ms. Pulliam would have reservations about a lead agency whose representative uses social media to condemn local participation in “Just One Day”, a nationwide initiative to rescue animals from death in municipal shelters.

Would one criticize the Mozelle Sanders Foundation for feeding the hungry on “just one day”?

Central Indiana is blessed with a number of caring organizations, including many small all-volunteer rescues, which may not have strong name recognition but which work tirelessly on behalf of the animals. Donor dollars invested in them produce a high return.

Since its founding, Southside Animal Shelter (SSAS) has demonstrated its leadership and values in caring for at-risk animals, treating those with extensive medical challenges and never giving up on them. HSI defines major medical concerns a bit differently.

Spay Neuter Services of Indiana (SNSI) led the initiative to provide financial support for pet owners who couldn’t afford to spay or neuter their pets.

FACE (Foundation Against Companion Animal Euthanasia), without support from either HSI or the city, took the lead in providing high volume, low cost spay/neuter procedures.

HSI certainly has the most high-profile marketing campaign of all the city’s animal welfare organizations, with a corresponding high level of costs incurred for promotion.

Out of respect for Nina Pulliam’s spirit of great charity and genuine caring, I am hopeful that the Pulliam Trust’s Board of Trustees will take steps to assure that this generous financial gift is used entirely for its intended purpose and to benefit those it was meant to serve: the animals.

Thank you for your service to the Pulliam Trust.

Sincerely,

Warren G. Patitz
President
move to ACT
info@movetoact.com
www.movetoact.org

cc: Tony Stewart Foundation
Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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The mission of move to ACT is to heighten community awareness of animal welfare issues and to advocate for improved policies and practices. mtA seeks truth and responsibility and is guided by principles of respect, accountability and integrity.

SAVRs are saviors for Hoosier animals

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Some 90 people enjoyed great food, great company, and great buys from the silent auction at the move to Act Rescue Rally Fundraiser dinner held at the Milano Inn on December 2. In so doing, they helped the small, all-volunteer rescue organizations — SAVRs — continue saving lives. One might say these supporters were saviors for the SAVRs, those volunteer groups that provide a lifeline for at-risk animals at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

There are many animal welfare organizations competing for donor dollars. So what separates the SAVR supporter from those who donate to a high-profile organization that spends thousands promoting itself?

Discretion.

The appeal of SAVRs

• SAVRs don’t use donor dollars for expensive promotional material
or for service on refinancing bank debt.

• SAVRs are humble. While they are totally dedicated to the animals’ best interests, they make no claim to be “the leading voice for the welfare of animals.”

• SAVRs do not promote a misleading agenda. You won’t hear things like “With your support, we’ll put an end to unnecessary euthanasia in Indy — once and for all.” The use of euphemisms like “euthanasia” and “put down” are not a part of the part of these organizations’ marketing narrative.

• SAVRs don’t create more emotional distress for worried pet owners seeking to recover their lost animals. No SAVR would respond to someone trying to reclaim a lost dog by threatening to send that dog to a kill shelter.

• SAVRs don’t promote themselves with half-truths such as “We don’t put animals down for space — animals are only euthanized due to major medical concerns or severe behavior and aggression problems.”

Are conditions such as dry eye (resolved with twice-a-day eye medication), inflammatory gums (easily manageable with dental extractions and soft diet), or ringworm “major medical problems”? Why are reliable sources and colleagues reporting that animals with these conditions are being threatened with death at HSI? On October 3, 2011, an HSI officer was quoted on a local distribution list saying…

“We will need to euthanize these puppies today and I know you have sometimes had fosters that don’t mind ringworm. I posted with our foster homes and on facebook and didn’t get any takers. We are out of space to QT (quarantine).”

Wait! Stated on HSI website is…
“We don’t put animals down for space — animals are only euthanized due to major medical concerns or severe behavior and aggression problems.”

• SAVRs don’t keep talking about how much they do for the animals. They just do it.

Think before you give

Two emphatic guidelines for philanthropic animal lovers who are considering organizations to support should be “research” and “follow the money.” Large organizations with strong brand identity and a leadership skilled in fundraising get the general public’s attention. And so, like poorly informed voters at election time, donors often forget to do either. They simply give to the organization they’ve heard about. After all, this organization says “it’s all about the animals….”

But if concerned donors do their research and follow the money, they will find that donating to that small all-volunteer rescue organization offers the double benefit of helping at-risk animals while knowing that every dollar is being used wisely. The SAVRs use the donations they receive for the animals, not for debt management and self- promotion.

One of the strongest appeals of the SAVRs is their character. Leaders in any industry are judged by their integrity and their actions. Integrity is what you’ll find in the small, all-volunteer rescues.

One might also ask, Can a “humane” organization claim to be “the leading voice for the welfare of animals,” if it asserts “We don’t put animals down for space…” but threatens to do just that?

Can a “humane” organization claim that “animals are only euthanized due to major medical concerns…” and include in that category such trivial and easily treated disorders as ringworm, stomatitis and dry eye?

Can it? Yes, if honesty is not part of the equation.
Should it? You know the answer to that.

SAVRs lead by their honesty and actions, not by their words. This is what appeals to the discretionary donor — and what offers the greatest help for the animals.

Of Profits, Principles, and Dead Fish

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The American Pet Products Association projects that Americans will spend $52.8 billion on pets and their needs in 2012. Of that, $2.15 billion will be spent on live animal purchases.

Most of us in the animal welfare community focus the majority of our attention on dogs and cats, our most familiar animal companions. We emphasize adopting from a shelter or rescue organization. But we often overlook the plight of rabbits, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, sugar gliders, birds, fish and reptiles acquired on a whim or as the trend of the day. Did you know the next most common abandoned animals behind dogs and cats are rabbits and ferrets? Where do people purchase these animals? What happens to them when the novelty wears off?

Underfunded and under-recognized exotic rescue organizations are often the only hope for these small creatures. When the fashion changes or the “pet” is no longer amusing, such animals are often relinquished to the municipal animal facility or worse, simply abandoned to fend for themselves in the wild, where their chances are even slimmer. Exotic animal rescues do their best to care for, foster, and adopt out these at-risk animals.

The question is not “Can they reason?” nor “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?”
— Jeremy Bentham

Where do they all come from?

Billions in revenue are generated by retailers who acquire these animals from breeding facilities that house them in unsanitary and over-crowded conditions – little different than the conditions dogs experience in puppy mills. Retailers then house and showcase these animals in a captive and over-crowded environment. Those who become ill, suffer and die will vanish quickly from the floor… hopefully before the public discovers their condition. Notice in the fish section of a pet store, there’s always a kid quick to point and say, “Look at the dead fish!”

Most of the local retail pet stores do provide adoption venues for local dog and cat rescue organizations, yet many of them still contribute to animal suffering by selling rabbits, ferrets, gerbils, turtles, birds, and the entire list above.

True industry leadership in action

There is one notable exception: Pet Supplies Plus INDY. PSPINDY does not profit from the sale of any animal, fish or reptile. Furthermore, PSPINDY franchise owner Nick Milano is a strong supporter of local animal welfare organizations large and small, offering adoption venues at his stores, no-cost dog washing for foster dogs, gift card donations, and fundraising assistance. Active support for animal welfare plus the refusal to profit from the sale (and suffering) of small animals adds up to a big “plus” for these Pet Supplies Plus locations:

2238 East 62nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 475-9603

8810 South Emerson Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46237
(317) 889-6311

521 Noble Creek Drive
Noblesville, IN 46060
(317) 770-1707

9871 U.S. 36
Avon, IN 46123
(317) 209-1030

Please consider rewarding this responsible leadership by shopping for your pet’s needs at one of these four PSPINDY locations!

Bringing exotics out of the shadows

Small, independent rescue groups that work with dogs and cats get little enough attention from the public, but exotic animal rescues are all but invisible to those seeking an animal welfare charity to support. Yet these exotic rescue ministries are just as important as those for cats and dogs. Relinquished exotic animals depend on these organizations, and they too deserve our support.

Consider a holiday donation to one of these groups, or a gift at any of the other holidays during the year. Purchase a gift card from PSPINDY and send it to one of them to assist with the needs of the animals in their care. When someone asks what you want for Christmas or your birthday, think about asking that a donation be made in your name to one these organizations:

Indiana House Rabbit Society
PO Box 421746
Indianapolis, IN 46242-1746
(317) 767-7636 (voicemail only)
Specializing in: domestic rabbits

Ferret Rescue and Halfway House
7150 State Rd. 44
Martinsville, IN 46151
(765) 349-0265
masonfer@sbcglobal.net
Specializing in: ferrets

Exotic Animal Rescue and Pet Sanctuary (EARPS)
adoptions: adoption@earps.org
PO Box 736
Brownsburg, IN 45122
Specializing in: rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, exotic birds, and reptiles

IndyCLAW Rescue
Contact: adopt@indyclaw.org
Southside Indianapolis
317-902-4025
Specializing in: Dogs, cats, rabbits, exotic birds, and other small mammals

A Critter’s Chance
Fishers IN 46038
317-585-9036
Specializing in: rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, exotic birds, reptiles, and wildlife

Indiana Turtle Care
email: INTurtlecare@att.net
Specializing in: turtles

When you’re writing that check for the animal welfare organization nearest to your heart, please also consider the organizations that are forgotten, who care for the forgotten species: the exotic rescue organizations.

And when you’re out shopping for that special animal in your life, consider going that extra mile to the pet supply store that goes the extra mile for the animals: Pet Supplies Plus INDY.

“Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission — to be of service to them wherever they require it.”
— Francis of Assisi

How are your tax dollars going to be spent?

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

If you live in Indianapolis,… are you planning on your tax dollar being invested in animal welfare next year? Or even having a little more of your own money to do so?

See how that is not going to happen:

Ballard Plans To Hike Property Taxes On Homeowners To Close Budget Deficit

And if you ever wonder why you won’t get this information from the local print media –
take a moment and bookmark Fred McCarthy’s site, Indy Tax Dollars

and read the August 10, 2012 post

Double-Digit Pay Raises For Mayor’s Staff

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Q. Just what can the Indianapolis city administration do with Indy tax payers’ dollars?
A. It can give $155,000 of pay raises to its inner circle.

Move to ACT has consistently observed that the city is not lacking the money to upgrade Animal Care and Control – or any other city division that is operating on an anemic budget – but rather, it is the allocation of those dollars that is the issue and it defines the character of city leadership. When the administration decides to give 31% pay raises to chosen staff when no money is allocated for food for the city’s animals, animals are housed in an antiquated and “sick” building with no negative air flow to manage airborne pathogens, and the division is consistently understaffed, can one be surprised by the response of city county councilor Angela Mansfield, “I think it’s absolutely obscene.”

A hat-tip to Gary Welsh of Advance Indiana for first bringing this onto the public radar.

July 30
Ballard’s Top Staffers Received Up To 31% Pay Raises

July 30
Did You Get A Raise Like This? Indy’s Mayor Jacks Up Salaries In His Office By 6% To 31%. Some Get Raises of $20,000-Plus!

July 31
Public Safety Cuts Loom As City’s Budget Problems Worsen

July 31
Double-Digit Pay Raises For Ballard’s Staff Now Drawing Media Scrutiny

July 31
Dems grumbling over big raises for Ballard’s staff

July 31
Mayor Greg Ballard’s staff raises draw fire from Democrats

“I think it’s absolutely obscene,” said Councilwoman Angela Mansfield, a Democrat who chairs the Administration and Finance Committee. “I keep coming to the word obscene over and over again. When you’ve got situations like (shortfalls in) Animal Care and Control, which has been underfunded again and again ….. to give somebody a raise from $98,000 to $120,000, it’s just obscene.”

July 31
Headline: Mayor Slashes Public Safety Budget; Police to buy Tricycles

August 1, 2012
Mayor Staffers Get $155K More Pay

“You do what you can with the resources given.” Mayor Greg Ballard

As the day gets closer…

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

“You do what you can with the resources given.”
– Mayor Greg Ballard

The words of the mayor of Indianapolis are hard to get out of your head when you know 8,000 adoptable animals/year are killed at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

Read more about the super bowl scam and wonder no more why there will be no relief from the 25th floor.

IACC Budget Cut Attention

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

The proposed budget cut for IACC by the public safety committee has drawn a great deal of attention from the animal welfare community.
The response is hard to ignore. Consider:

1. Monica North, who pens for the Examiner, “The animals of Indianapolis need you to be their voice” is the first journalist to get this right:

“If animals are deemed not adoptable for any reason (including a minor illness) or if space is needed for incoming animals, then they kill animals to make space.”

http://www.examiner.com/pet-rescue-in-indianapolis/the-animals-of-indianapolis-need-you-to-be-their-voice?CID=examiner_alerts_article

Ms North is very clear about this. They do not “put down.” They do not “euthanize.” They do not “put to sleep.” They (the city – with your tax dollar) kill animals for space.

The Humane Society of Indianapolis and the administration at IACC need to get this right: ADOPTABLE ANIMALS ARE KILLED FOR SPACE.

Why, at the 11th hour of a budget cut, is attention about what goes on (or not) at IACC just now coming to the attention of the public and the councillors? Maybe it’s because the self-delusion has coddled all with the “gently put to sleep” lullabye that is perpetuated by these agencies’ rhetoric. Get rid of these euphemisms. It’s time for adult conversation.

2. Congratulations to the animal welfare community (that generally remains self-restrained) for coming forward to address face-to-face the public safety committee tonight (09/14/11) about the embarrassing deficiency of the proposed IACC budget, those who proposed it and completely eliminated from the equation the IACC administrator.

Do the people responsible for this budget proposal need to be retired to the private sector?

Addendum 09/15/11

Animal Lovers Fight Indy Budget Cuts

Reporter Kara Kenney and anchor Todd Conner dismiss the euphemism “euthanize” and use accurate vocabulary in reporting the deaths of adoptable animals at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/29188753/detail.html

“Thumbs up” to North, Kenney and Conner

Where does the money go? Some history. Part II

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Indianapolis Star reporter Alex Campbell penned an article in the Indianapolis STAR July 25, 2011 on the Humane Society of Indianapolis, headlined “Is limited admission improving the mission?”

The gist of the article was that HSI is operating within its means. But the article also reports:

“In June, the Humane Society (of Indianapolis) made its first big debt payment, to the tune of $200,000.”

The article barely touches on the financial misadventures of previous administrations that led to that debt and have hobbled the agency’s ability to operate at full potential.

It is honorable that Humane Society officials are taking the responsible action to address the debt that is no fault of the current officers. What’s regrettable is that the story never explains how the situation got this way.

Many in the community have witnessed the unfortunate behavior surrounding the HSI treasury since the 1970s. Otto Ray was an animal advocate who not only worked at the Humane Society, but sold the property on which HSI now stands to the Mary Powell Crume Trust. Older people in the community personally remember Mr. Ray.

Mr. Ray attempted to expose the Humane Society’s mismanagement of the Crume Trust 40 years ago. This note was left by Mr. Ray in the Crume Trust probate court folder:

“I have been a humane officer and investigator for 65 years and have lived in Indianapolis all my life; was 84 years old on March 6, 1972. I am writing this under a terrific handicap. I feel pretty helpless sitting here with a fractured hip, fractured neck, half blind, using a magnifying glass to see, have an impediment in my speech, and am compelled to use a walker when I move about.

I started exposing the humane society trustee’s bureaucracy in 1968 but at no time did I publicize the humane society’s embarrassing large assets; however because of the fact that conditions have become so bad and no one is attempting to help or speak for the poor defenseless animals who cannot speak for themselves, I am writing this article while hoping and praying that the public will demand a change of…. bureaucracy, because even the operators of any business or ball club would be removed under similar conditions. Instead of doing something for the animals they have been spending their time juggling facts, words, figures, numbers and everything else.”

— Otto Ray, July 20, 1972

The genesis of Move to ACT

Many people on the periphery of local animal welfare, or new to it, are not familiar with the origin of mtA. Move to ACT grew from the spirit of Otto Ray’s recognition that donors’ dollars do not always arrive at their intended destination — the animals. Mr. Campbell’s Indianpolis STAR article has revived this reminder. If the agency has just made its first big debt payment, one can only wonder how much of each donation “for the animals” is going to pay for service on debt?

Donors need to think about what they actually want their money to be doing.

In 2004, several local animal service providers rallied to protect the $3,400,000 public charitable trust (The Mary Powell Crume Trust) that provided more than $100,000/year in perpetual income to HSI to subsidize the care of animals in central Indiana. Challenged with a history of fiduciary misadventures, the trustee (HSI) wanted to put the trust at risk by using it as collateral for a $1,700,000 loan to make payment on its debt.

Move to ACT and other service providers opposed this action because animals in need were the assigned beneficiaries of this public trust. The trust money was intended to serve animals, not to pay service on debt.

To better understand the history and outcome of this concern and appreciate why mtA encourages heightened discretion in donating to an animal organization, we urge you to read a review of the Crume Public Charitable Trust violation by the trustee. This review comes from the attorney who represented the animal service providers. It can be viewed here.

The Humane Society of Indianapolis is fortunate now to have someone with the fundraising acumen of John Aleshire. If the “first big debt payment (is) to the tune of $200,000” …one can only imagine the profound financial impoverishment that exists and how much money needs to be raised to erase that debt. Until that time, the agency will remain limited in its financial outreach to animals beyond its walls.

Things have changed —haven’t they?

Fortunately the bureaucracy at HSI has changed. But now that HSI is rebuilding financial stability, wouldn’t this be a good time to start building stability with the “facts, words, figures, numbers and everything else” to which Otto Ray referred in 1972?

The announcment in 2009 to build an animal welfare center near Fountain Square was trumpeted with much fanfare and was exciting news. We learn from the Indianapolis STAR article that the location is yet to be determined, but HSI’s website advertises the clinic as “coming soon” and seeks donations with that appeal.

So will donations go to the clinic, or to paying debt?

HSI’s promotional materials tell us “Nearly 10,000 unwanted dogs and cats were put down in Indianapolis last year. With your support, we’ll put an end to unnecessary euthanasia in Indy — once and for all.” The familiar euphemisms are there: “put down”, “unnecessary euthanasia”, “once and for all”.

But does “with your support” mean donations will go to solving the problem…or to paying debt?

HSI’s operations manager now “makes sure pet owners know that if their pets go to the city shelter, there’s a 50-50 chance they’ll make it out alive.” From the HSI website: “Note: the city shelter, IACC, is also overwhelmed and has to put animals down for space at times.” “…at times?” Documentation actually identifies that the chance of an animal coming out alive is closer to 45% and an animal is destroyed at the municipal shelter at about the rate of 1/hour. “…at times?”

And many more resources exist for the public in addition to those listed in the Animal Welfare Alliance flyer that HSI offers. HSI is welcome to point people with an animal in need to the Rescue Rally Directory

HSI’s Mutt Strut was named “Best Charitable Event” by readers of NUVO Newsweekly for the third year in a row. A yearly “Best Charitable Event” will be needed for years to come to raise enough money to make payment on debt service. Until that balance is paid, at-risk animals in the community will continue to be mostly served by the small and efficient animal rescue organizations that don’t get the public attention or the big donations, but rely on mindful and discretionary donors.

In the meantime, a plea from one of themARPO

URGENT NEWS: ARPO has had to make the heartbreaking decision to halt intake of homeless and abandoned animals due to a shortage of funds. Simply put, vet expenses have been kicking our butts! While we work on long-term strategies, please consider donating what we need most … cash! Visit our website to donate via PayPal or mail a check, payable to ARPO, P. O. Box 6385, Fishers, IN 46038. Thank You!