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Humane Society for Hamilton County Announces Plans to Build World-Class Facility in Fishers

November 1, 2019
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) announced over the weekend that construction of a world-class shelter designed to save more lives, expand our community outreach programs, and provide a happier and healthier life for the animals, will begin in March 2020 at its new location at the corner of 106th Street and Hague Rd. in Fishers.
HSHC serves as both the Humane Society and Animal Control facility for the county taking in over 3,000 unwanted, neglected, abused, and seriously injured animals each year.  HSHC is an open-admission, no-kill shelter that currently operates in a county-owned building next to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility and 4H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.  “We’ve been out of space and resources for a decade,” said board chairman, Kim Ebert. “Our objective is to create a state-of-the-art facility that is reflective of the success of Hamilton County and the City of Fishers.”
After five years of research, planning, and acquiring the property and zoning approval for the new location in Fishers, HSHC launched its Building a Brighter Future for Hamilton County & Hoosier Animals Capital Campaign on November 16, 2018, at their annual Tinsel & Tails gala.  “Not only does our new facility design address all the quality of life issues that have plagued us for so long, but it also allows for the launch of new programs that connect children, at-risk youth, seniors, veterans, and many more, with the healing power of pets,” said Rebecca Stevens, president and CEO of the organization. Those attending this year’s Tinsel & Tails gala on Thursday, November 21, will be among the first to see a detailed design and have a chance to win a naming opportunity in the new facility.
HSHC announced its transition into the public fundraising phase of the campaign on October 18, during an interview with Gerry Dick.  “Thanks to remarkable gifts from the Steven J. Cage Foundation, the Samerian Foundation, Dr. Mark and Vanessa Roth, and a $3.5M contribution approved by the Hamilton County Commissioners and Council, we are well on our way to our campaign goal of $12M for the construction of the new facility, and an additional $2M to establish an operating endowment,” Stevens shared.
The largest contribution has been made by local entrepreneur and philanthropist, Steve Cage, naming the new facility the Steven J. Cage Animal Wellness Center.  “I believe wholeheartedly in this organization’s no-kill philosophy and mission,” said Cage. “I can’t think of a better way to make a lasting impact on the community.”  In addition to naming the facility, Cage’s beloved black cat, Stanley, will be one of two images featured on the building’s exterior.
HSHC is now asking that community support the campaign by helping close the 20% fundraising gap. “There are still several naming opportunities available at varying giving levels,” said Ebert. To learn more about the campaign, visit  www.HSHCBrighterFuture.com.  To purchase tickets for Tinsel & Tails, visit  www.TinselandTails.com.
About the Humane Society for Hamilton County
The mission of the Humane Society for Hamilton County is “Saving Lives. Educating Communities. Completing Families.” HSHC serves as both the animal control facility and Humane Society for Hamilton County, and as such, receives partial funding (approximately 20%) from Hamilton County. The majority of HSHC’s operation is funded by individual donations. HSHC is one of the few open-admission, truly “No-Kill” organizations in the United States in that it does not euthanize animals for time, space, treatable injuries, illnesses or rehabilitatable behavior issues regardless of age, breed, disability or special needs. HSHC also serves the community with a variety of unique programs like the Survivor Program and Pets Healing Vets (www.PetsHealingVets.com). The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is not a United Way Agency and is not affiliated with any other animal welfare group in the United States.

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The Rockin’ 11th Annual Woofstock Survivor 5K | Dog Walk | Concert Set to Raise Thousands for Animals in Need

September 25, 2019

 

The Rockin’ 11th Annual Woofstock Survivor 5K | Dog Walk | Concert Set to Raise Thousands for Animals in Need

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – The 11th Annual Woofstock Survivor 5K, Dog Walk, and Concert are less than two weeks away! Join the Humane Society for Hamilton County Saturday, October 5, 2019 for both events.

This year, compete with your friends and family for not only the winning 5K time and trophy, but also to raise the most funds for the Survivor Program. This critical program raises funds to provide life-saving and emergency care to thousands of animals in need each year. Without the Survivor Program, animals suffering from broken legs, colds, pneumonia, hit-by-car injuries, and senior pets with aches and pains would not receive the care they require to live, love, and be loved.
This year, our need for support is greater than ever. The number of animals needing our help is steadily increasing due to the amount of seniors surrendered and the neglect and major injury cases we have received.
Hit by a car and left with a broken femur, spinal cord injury, and the inability to walk, most may have thought that there was no hope for Gracie. She was left for a month without medical care, covered in urine burns, and paralyzed from the waist down. Without the Survivor Program, Gracie wouldn’t have had her second chance – the Survivor Program gave Gracie love and hope.

This program is fully funded through donations from our generous donors and community. Without your support, we would be unable to provide the life-saving care we do. It is critical for the community and public to support this program and participate in the Survivor Walk.

Leading up to the event, individuals, groups, and organizations create teams at www.WoofstockRocks.com to organize fundraising efforts and to register for the race. The fundraising link can easily be shared through email or social media to receive donations and support your fundraising team.

Top youth, individual, corporate, and team fundraisers will be awarded different prizes as well as overall male and female winners and age group winners.
While enjoying your favorite Elton John hits, visit delicious food trucks, the beer and wine garden, and of course, Humane Society for Hamilton County adoptable animals! Gates for the charity concert open at 7:00 p.m. with the concert kicking off right at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available at www.WoofstockRocks.com for only $10. Proceeds from the event will help HSHC provide emergency and life-saving care for the animals in our care and to continue our mission as an open admission, truly no-kill shelter.
The Woofstock Survivor 5K and Dog Walk and Woofstock Rocks Concert are graciously sponsored by Centier BankPulte HomesNoah’s Animal HospitalsSpaviaFoxGardin Kitchen and Ale, and Capital Group.
About the Humane Society for Hamilton County
The mission of the Humane Society for Hamilton County is “Saving Lives. Educating Communities. Completing Families.” HSHC serves as both the animal control facility and Humane Society for Hamilton County, and as such, receives partial funding (approximately 20%) from Hamilton County. The majority of HSHC’s operation is funded by individual donations. HSHC is one of the few open-admission, truly “No-Kill” organizations in the United States in that it does not euthanize animals for time, space, treatable injuries, illnesses or rehabilitatable behavior issues regardless of age, breed, disability or special needs. HSHC also serves the community with a variety of unique programs like the Survivor Program and Pets Healing Vets (www.PetsHealingVets.com). The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is not a United Way Agency and is not affiliated with any other animal welfare group in the United States.
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Corvette Enthusiasts Gather to Support Veterans and Shelter Pets

August 13, 2019
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – 22 veterans commit suicide every 24 hours. 4 million animals are
euthanized every year. Pets Healing Vets wants to change both.
On Saturday, August 17, 2019, Corvette Indy will host their 8th Annual All Corvette Show sponsored by Penske Chevrolet. Corvette Indy supports numerous veteran organizations and we are honored they have chosen to continue supporting Pets Healing Vets, a program funded and facilitated by the Humane Society for Hamilton County.
The goal of Pets Healing Vets is to improve the emotional well-being of Hoosier Veterans suffering from PTSD or TBI by pairing them with carefully selected shelter dogs and cats in need of homes. Pets Healing Vets is the only program of its kind in the state of Indiana that removes the real barrier to companion pet ownership- COST. Pets Healing Vets will cover adoption fees, all pre-adoption vetting (including spay/neuter), basic obedience training, as well as any other costs for the life of the pet.
“We rely greatly on the generosity of our donors and organizations like Corvette Indy to help fund our Pet Healing Vets Program,” noted Rebecca Stevens, Executive Director of the Humane Society for Hamilton County.” We are so honored to be the beneficiary of this year’s Vettes N Vets All Corvette Show.”
The day is free to the public. Vettes N Vets will be hosted at Carmel American Legion Post #155 (852 W Main Street in Carmel) from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The American Legion is preparing lunch that can be purchased at a nominal fee.
About Pets Healing Vets
Pets Healing Vets is a Program facilitated and funded by Humane Society for Hamilton County that pairs shelter dogs and cats with qualifying Hoosier Veterans who suffer from PTSD or TBI. This program is free of charge to the veteran and will support the animal for the LIFE of the animal. To read more about Pets Healing Vets, visit petshealingvets.com.
About Corvette Indy
Corvette Indy is a group of individuals who share a common interest in the Chevrolet Corvette and was originally founded by a number of race enthusiasts in 1989 who then went on to do well in NCCC Competition Events. We are a large and active Corvette club based primarily in the central Indiana area, and it is our desire to associate with others who love seeing, driving, caring for, restoring, or anything to do with Corvettes.
About the Humane Society for Hamilton County
The mission of the Humane Society for Hamilton County is “Saving Lives. Educating Communities. Completing Families.” HSHC serves as both the animal control facility and Humane Society for Hamilton County, and as such, receives partial funding (approximately 20%) from Hamilton County. The majority of HSHC’s operation is funded by individual donations. HSHC is one of the few open-admission, truly “No-Kill” organizations in the United States in that it does not euthanize animals for time, space, treatable injuries, illnesses or rehabilitatable behavior issues regardless of age, breed, disability or special needs. HSHC also serves the community with a variety of unique programs like the Survivor Program and Pets Healing Vets (www.PetsHealingVets.com). The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is not a United Way Agency and is not affiliated with any other animal welfare group in the United States.
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The Rockin’ 11th Annual Woofstock Survivor 5K | Dog Walk | Concert to Returns to Fishers

June 18, 2019

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – The  11th Annual Woofstock Survivor 5K, Dog Walk, and Concert are back – this time with a new and exciting twist! Join the Humane Society for Hamilton County Saturday, October 5, 2019 for both events!
Lace up your running shoes and grab your furry friends, it’s time for the annual Survivor 5K and Dog Walk! This year, compete with your friends and family for not only the winning 5K time and trophies, but also to raise the most funds for the Survivor Program.  This critical program raises funds to provide life-saving and emergency care to thousands of animals in need each year. Without the Survivor Program, animals suffering from broken legs, colds, pneumonia, hit-by-car injuries and senior pets with aches and pains would not receive the care they require to live, love, and be loved. This year, our need for support is greater than ever. The number of animals needing our help is steadily increasing due to the amount of seniors surrendered, neglect, and major injury cases we have seen.
This program is fully funded through donations from our generous donors and community. Without their support, we would be unable to provide much of the life-saving care we do. It is critical for the community and public to support this program and participate in the Survivor Walk.
Leading up to the event, individuals, groups, and organizations create teams at www.WoofstockRocks.com to organize fundraising efforts and to register for the race. The fundraising link can easily be shared through email or social media to receive donations and support your fundraising team.
Top youth, individual, corporate, and team fundraisers will be awarded different prizes as well as overall male and female winners and age group winners.
End your Saturday with the Humane Society for Hamilton County  and the Dogs of Society: The Ultimate Elton John Rock Tribute Band!
While enjoying your favorite Elton John songs, visit your favorite food trucks, the beer or wine garden, and of course, Humane Society for Hamilton County adoptable animals! Gates for the charity concert open at 7:00 p.m. with the concert kicking off right at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at www.WoofstockRocks.com for $10. Proceeds from the event will help HSHC provide daily, emergency, and life-saving care for the animals in the shelter, and continue our mission as an open admission, truly no-kill shelter.
The Woofstock Survivor 5K and Dog Walk are graciously sponsored by Noah’s Animal HospitalsFour Day RayPulte HomesTito’s Handmade VodkaWFMS 95.5, City of Fishers and MedVet. The Woofstock Rocks Concert is graciously sponsored by Noah’s Animal HospitalsMedVetWJJK 104.5City of Fishers, and FoxGardin.
About the Humane Society for Hamilton County
The mission of the Humane Society for Hamilton County is “Saving Lives. Educating Communities. Completing Families.” HSHC serves as both the animal control facility and Humane Society for Hamilton County, and as such, receives partial funding (approximately 20%) from Hamilton County. The majority of HSHC’s operation is funded by individual donations. HSHC is one of the few open-admission, truly “No-Kill” organizations in the United States in that it does not euthanize animals for time, space, treatable injuries, illnesses or rehabilitatable behavior issues regardless of age, breed, disability or special needs. HSHC also serves the community with a variety of unique programs like the Survivor Program and Pets Healing Vets (www.PetsHealingVets.com). The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is not a United Way Agency and is not affiliated with any other animal welfare group in the United States.
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Midsummer Market to Raise Life-Saving Funds

June 11, 2019

Trends for Tails supports the Humane Society for Hamilton County

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Join Trends for Tails and the Humane Society for Hamilton (HSHC) Saturday, June 22, 2019, for the Inaugural Midsummer Market! From 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the site of HSHC’s future home (10501 Hague Road, Fishers, IN) will be filled with treasures – shop for furniture, home, decor, and more, all while supporting HSHC’s life-saving mission and saving lives.

Proceeds from the Midsummer Market support HSHC’s Survivor Program. This critical program raises funds to provide life-saving and emergency care to thousands of animals in need each year. Without the Survivor Program, animals suffering from broken legs, colds, pneumonia, hit-by-car injuries and senior pets with aches and pains would not receive the care they require to live, love, and be loved. Trends for Tails supports this program annually with store proceeds.
About the Humane Society for Hamilton County
The mission of the Humane Society for Hamilton County is “Saving Lives. Educating Communities. Completing Families.” HSHC serves as both the animal control facility and Humane Society for Hamilton County, and as such, receives partial funding (approximately 20%) from Hamilton County. The majority of HSHC’s operation is funded by individual donations. HSHC is one of the few open-admission, truly “No-Kill” organizations in the United States in that it does not euthanize animals for time, space, treatable injuries, illnesses or rehabilitatable behavior issues regardless of age, breed, disability or special needs. HSHC also serves the community with a variety of unique programs like the Survivor Program and Pets Healing Vets (www.PetsHealingVets.com). The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is not a United Way Agency and is not affiliated with any other animal welfare group in the United States.
About Trends for Tails
Trends for Tails Resale Boutique is a donation based, upscale resale boutique owned and operated by HSHC. The boutique is located at 1109 South 10th Street in Noblesville, in the same shopping complex as Ginger’s Cafe. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society and the shelter pets in their care. The boutique features new and almost new women’s and men’s clothing, shoes, accessories and home decor.
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The Game of Bones Comes to Hamilton County

April 12, 2019

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -The kennels at the Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) are full, with more dogs in need of shelter and life-saving care coming in every day. In the Game of Bones, all dogs must find their forever home – their adoption fees from April 11, 2019 – April 14, 2019 are only $10!
“It’s a big weekend for the season premier of Game of Thrones, so we decided to premier our very own Game of Bones Dog Adoption Special,” said Rebecca Stevens, President and CEO of HSHC. “While it’s definitely a fun theme, there is a real and serious need for folks to come out and consider taking one of these amazing dogs home.  We have some dogs who have been waiting for several months–like Zola who is featured in our banner.”
Discounted adoption fees include:  Spay/neuter, at least one round of vaccines, a microchip, food, a free wellness exam with a participating veterinarian and multiple discounts on pet services from training and boarding to invisible fencing.
Potential Adopters Checklist of Things to Bring to the Game
  • The entire family
  • If renting, your landlord’s pet policy
  • If adopting a dog, every dog in the home must come with for a meet & greet
About the Humane Society for Hamilton County
The mission of the Humane Society for Hamilton County is “Saving Lives. Educating Communities. Completing Families.” HSHC serves as both the animal control facility and Humane Society for Hamilton County, and as such, receives partial funding (approximately 20%) from Hamilton County. The majority of HSHC’s operation is funded by individual donations. HSHC is one of the few open-admission, truly “No-Kill” organizations in the United States in that it does not euthanize animals for time, space, treatable injuries, illnesses or rehabilitatable behavior issues regardless of age, breed, disability or special needs. HSHC also serves the community with a variety of unique programs like the Survivor Program and Pets Healing Vets (www.PetsHealingVets.com). The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is not a United Way Agency and is not affiliated with any other animal welfare group in the United States.
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In the News

  • Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick

    Humane Society For Hamilton County Seeking New Facility

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    Humane Society For Hamilton County Seeking New Facility

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  • 01.

    Love & Let Live

    As the only open admission, truly no-kill animal shelter in Indiana, we do things a little differently. A lot, actually. Learn about our mission, how we further it, and what you can do to help.

  • 02.

    Our Video Case Statement

    We’ve been out of space in our current facility for nearly a decade operating with significant spacial and operational challenges such as no intake/arrival area designed for cats, a quarantine area, a recovery area for the injured, a surgical suite, or outside space for the dogs to exercise to name a few. The fact we’ve evolved into one of the country’s few open-admission, truly No-Kill shelters is absolutely remarkable and a testament to our staff, board, and volunteers’ relentless support of our mission. It’s a testament to you.

    Words alone cannot do justice to the sense of urgency we have in building a better future.

    Please watch and see for yourself.

    (The good news is, we’re on our way.  See update HERE.)

  • 03.

    Watch the Most Amazing Survivor & Adoption Stories of 2018

    Grab a box of Kleenex and settle in for the best HSHC rescue stories of 2018. This video compilation showcases our favorite memories, big saves, and touching adoptions of the year and was originally aired at Tinsel & Tails 2018.

    Want to walk down memory lane? See our 2017 video here.

  • 04.

    Pit Bull Angels

    The breed may have a bad rap, but we’re working to change the reputation of Pit Bull Terriers (and mixes) one dog at a time. Working with us are the many dedicated owners and fosters (we call them Pit Bull Angels) who love and advocate for the bully breeds.

    See what real owners of pit bulls have to say about why they love the breed — and why you should consider adding one of these big-grinning, big-hearted pooches to your family.

  • 05.

    Pets Healing Vets

    There aren’t always win-win solutions to problems, but Pets Healing Vets is certainly one of them. This innovative program pairs veterans with TBI and/or PTSD with rescue dogs who are specially suited to comfort them and help them reintegrate into civilian life. Learn more about Pets Healing Vets.

    See the impact on our veterans in our featured stories of 2018.

  • 06.

    Bad to the Bone

    They were bouncing off the walls. They guarded food and toys. They had unreal ball drive. They were labeled “unadoptable.”

    But, at HSHC, we saw potential where no one else did. See the amazing stories of how these dogs are now serving and protecting innocent lives around the world!

Love & Let Live

Every animal deserves a second chance at love — and life. We invite you to be part of the solution and give back to the animals who give us so much.