Misty Eyes is a nonprofit, 100% volunteer-led animal rescue and humane education center located in Avon, Indiana (just five miles west of Indianapolis). Since their founding in 2011, they have rescued more than 3,000 dogs and cats and provided humane education to hundreds of community residents. In addition to taking in pets that the county shelter and other local agencies cannot care for, they have expanded to help rural, under-resourced agencies across Indiana that are struggling with overpopulation. Many of these animals are seniors or have medical needs.
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The Vanderburgh Humane Society (VHS) was founded in 1957 and celebrated their 60th anniversary last summer. Their mission is “Leading our community to eliminate pet overpopulation through Spay/Neuter, Adoption, and Humane Education.” They are an open-admission shelter accepting domestic homeless animals from all over the region, regardless of species, temperament, age, health, or circumstance. The VHS typically takes in around 900-950 dogs each year, more than 100 of whom are considered “seniors,” age 7 and older.
The mission of Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter is to rescue dogs and cats and nurture and restore them to happy, healthy lives in loving homes. Approximately 1800 dogs and cats are adopted from their shelter every year. They work closely with their local animal control facility (Indianapolis Animal Care Services) and have transferred 11,000 animals from their overcrowded shelter to Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter since 2009. Their director visits animal control several times each week and has a reputation for being willing to accept medically urgent and senior animals in need.
The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is Indiana’s only open admission, truly no-kill shelter. With 3,100 intakes each year and a 98% placement rate, HSHC is a haven for not only animals found in Hamilton County, but also pets at-risk for euthanasia from all over the state. HSHC serves the community through a number of different programs, including Pets Healing Vets, outreach to local school, scout groups and other organizations, and the Survivor Program.
The Humane Society of Indianapolis (IndyHumane) provides direct services for cats and dogs, including adoption, foster homes, behavior support, medical care, and affordable spay/neuter and vaccine services. In a typical year, they provide veterinary services to 10,500 animals, find loving homes for 3,800 homeless pets, and achieve an animal live release rate of 96%. They are proud to have served Indianapolis since 1905.