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.
Seeing is believing when it comes to our truly no-kill approach to animal welfare. Browse our video library and press releases below to see why we’re able to make such an impact — and how you can too!
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.
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 (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.
Grab a box of Kleenex and settle in for the best HSHC rescue stories of 2015. This video compilation showcases our favorite memories, big saves, and touching adoptions of the year and was originally aired at Tinsel & Tails 2015.
Want to walk down memory lane? See our 2014 video here.
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!
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.
Humane Society for Hamilton County Brand Identity and Website Get a “Muzzle-Lift” Thanks to Pass It Forward
Noblesville, Ind., June 6, 2016
The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is very excited to announce the launch of the rebranding of their entire logo suite including a new corporate logo and tag line. Their branding still falls within the red, white and blue palette but with a cleaner, more updated look.
“We enlisted the expertise of Creative Quarterback to help us update our logos and website so we could share our unique programs and life-saving philosophy through a more streamlined and cohesive branding strategy,” said Rebecca Stevens, Executive Director of the Humane Society. “We have evolved so much over the last decade serving our community as not only one of the few open-admission, truly no-kill shelters in the country, but also one that offers unique programs like Pets Healing Vets. We have added many events to our annual docket as well, each with a logo—so it was time to tie everything together with a more easily identified, singular color palette and theme.
The shelter’s new tagline, “Love & Let Live,” speaks to HSHC’s no-kill philosophy of giving every adoptable animal who is savable, treatable or rehabilitatable a second chance at love and life.
“Marketing can make a big difference. That’s why companies invest so much time and money on branding, websites, and other marketing efforts,” says marketing agency Creative Quarterback’s Founder Nicole Ross. “Unfortunately, nonprofits rarely have that option. There are too many other demands for their dollars. As a result, a nonprofit’s public image and online presence often fail to reflect the professionalism and innovation of the organization itself.”
So Ross started a program called Pass It Forward to help non-profits overcome these obstacles. “When we started Pass It Forward, I wanted HSHC to be our first nonprofit partner organization–not only to help prove this creative giving model could work–but because I adopted one of my greatest loves from their facility in 2012, a senior Beagle named Penny.”
Ross and HSHC worked together to raise $16,105 utilized to fund the work of 11 freelancers who redesigned the shelter’s website, logo suite and marketing collateral, developed a new corporate video, and prepared all new templates for the shelter’s e-communication strategy and proposals. Creative Quarterback donated over $26,000 in services in addition to the funds raised to complete these projects.
“We look forward to building on this experience and finding more ways to Pass It Forward to other animal welfare organizations in the future,” said Ross. “I’m blown away by the creativity, efficiency and generosity of the Creative Quarterback team,” said Stevens. “Their creative vision, will no doubt, help us achieve ours.”
About Pass It Forward
Pass it Forward is a creative win-win program that dramatically improves the marketing and online presence of animal welfare nonprofits through teamwork.
About Creative Quarterback
Creative Quarterback is a 100% virtual marketing agency that drafts and manages teams of creative freelancers to give organizations without sufficient internal marketing resources access to big-boy creative talent and project management.
Learn more at www.creativequarterback.com.
About the Humane Society for Hamilton County
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. 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 23%) 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).
Learn more at www.hamiltonhumane.com.
Shelter Animals Hope Black Friday Won’t Be Spent in a Store
Noblesville, Ind., Nov. 24, 2015
The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) hopes this Friday will be spent at their shelter instead of a store. The Humane Society is currently at capacity with 371 animals in their care.
“It’s hard to believe for those of us who consider our pets to be family, but we always see an increase in the number of surrendered pets during the holidays due to peoples’ travel plans and activities,” said Rebecca Stevens, Executive Director of HSHC. “The number of senior pets surrendered by their families is so hard to see. Watching a 9 year old Mastiff like Beuford struggling with his old bones to get up and move around in his kennel just breaks your heart.”
HSHC is hoping that with their Black Friday adoption deals, people will form lines outside their facility to take home shelter pets instead of televisions and toys. “We’re hoping people will embrace the Grinch’s realization about Christmas,” said Jennifer Judd, the shelter’s Marketing Manager. “What if Christmas doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas …perhaps… means a little bit more.”
From Noon to 5:00 p.m., adoption fees will be $10 for dogs and $5 for all cats – including kittens! The adoption fee includes the spay/neuter, microchip, age appropriate vaccines, 30 days of pet insurance and a free wellness exam with a participating vet.
HSHC’s philosophy is based on giving every animal, regardless of age, breed, medical needs or disability their best chance for a second chance. However, when the shelter is out of space, we must look to the community to open their hearts yet again for those animals for whom no kennels or cages are available.
About the Humane Society for Hamilton County:
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. 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. The organization, which does not euthanize adoptable or treatable animals for time or space, receives approximately 23% percent of its funding from Hamilton County’s municipalities. The remainder of their annual operating budget comes from individual donations and bequests, fundraising events & marketing programs, adoption/service fees, corporate sponsorship and grants. The Humane Society for Hamilton County remains open to Hamilton County’s animals in need regardless of space or financial constraints.
Chateau La Paws Names HSHC No-Kill Shelter Partner for Indiana
Noblesville, Ind., Nov. 5, 2015
The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) announced today that Chateau La Paws Wine, which supports No-Kill shelters throughout the U.S., has chosen HSHC as its Indiana partner. This honor includes a $2,500 donation and custom tags on each wine bottle featuring HSHC’s logo and a shelter dog that is currently waiting for a home.
“We are truly honored to be Chateau La Paw’s No-Kill partner for the state of Indiana,” said Rebecca Stevens executive director of the Humane Society. “We chose three of our dogs who have waited the longest for homes to be featured on the tags. Since the wine is distributed throughout the state, we’re hopeful their photos and stories will catch the eye of a prospective adopter.”
Kelly Allen, On Premise Manager with Diageo North America—the supplier of Chateau La Paws–said they chose to support the Humane Society for Hamilton County because they follow a true, No-Kill philosophy. “We are so impressed by HSHC’s life-saving efforts not only in Hamilton County, but also the hundreds of animals they save each year from all over the state of Indiana,” said Allen. “Their programs like Pets Healing Vets are unique and inspiring.”
If you would like to try Chateau La Paws just ask your favorite retailer about this amazing brand the next time you go shopping for wine. For more information about Chateau La Paws visit www.chateaulapaws.com.
About the Humane Society for Hamilton County
The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is a privately run, 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. The mission of the Humane Society for Hamilton County is “Saving Lives. Educating Communities. Completing Families.” HSHC is an open-admission, No-Kill shelter serving as both the animal control facility and Humane Society for Hamilton County. For more information, call the Humane Society for Hamilton County at (317) 219-3324 or visit their website at www.hamiltonhumane.com.
HSHC Resale Shop, “TattleTails,” Celebrating One Year Anniversary with a BASH!
Noblesville, Ind., September 29, 2015
The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) and its one-of-a-kind resale shop, TattleTails, is celebrating the shop’s one year anniversary by hosting a birthday bash this Saturday, October 3rd from 1PM to 5PM.
“We’re inviting the community to come out and celebrate our 1 year birthday with us and shop, bring in items you’d like to donate to the shop and just have a great time with friends, family and the animals,” said Rebecca Stevens, executive director of the Humane Society.
Tattle Tails is a resale shop operated by the Humane Society for Hamilton County to support the shelter’s NO-KILL mission. The celebration includes tons of prizes, food trucks, live music, fun for the kids, great shopping deals and, of course, shelter animals hoping to find their forever homes. A $250 shopping spree to TattleTails will also be raffled off Saturday.
Tattle Tails is a resale shop stocked with donated items designed to offer a boutique-style shopping experience. The shop features new and gently used men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, home décor, furniture, unique gifts and pet items. Items donated to the store are tax deductible because 100% of the net proceeds go directly to the Humane Society for Hamilton County.
The celebration will take place at TattleTails, located in Noblesville at 2350 E. Conner Street by Carolyn’s Consignments just west of the SR 37/SR 32 intersection on SR32/Conner Street. For more information on TattleTails visit the website at www.HamiltonHumane.com.
About the Humane Society for Hamilton County:
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. HSHC is an open-admission, no-kill animal welfare organization serving as both the animal control facility for Hamilton County and the Humane Society.
As such, HSHC receives 27% of its funding through service agreements with Hamilton County and its municipalities with the remaining 73% generated through individual donations, fundraising programs and events, corporate sponsors, adoption/service fees and grants in that order.
For more information, call the Humane Society for Hamilton County at (317) 773-4974 or visit their website at www.HamiltonHumane.com.
Saving Lives. Educating Communities. Completing Families.
TurboRoo Announced as Grand Marshal of Parade of Paws
Noblesville, Ind., August 18, 2015
The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) announced that local dog celebrity, TurboRoo, will lead this year’s Parade of Paws Dog Walk during their annual Dog Day Afternoon featuring Woofstock Festival. T
he event will be held on Saturday, September 19th at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater by the Fishers Municipal Center.
“We are thrilled to have this incredible little dog lead the way during this year’s Parade of Paws,” said Rebecca Stevens, Executive Director of HSHC. “His perseverance and zest for life demonstrates that dogs with disabilities don’t have to be euthanized. He’s such a great example of what our No Kill philosophy embraces—every animal deserves the chance to live and be loved regardless of age, breed, special medical needs or disability.”
TurboRoo was born without his front legs and was surrendered to a vet’s office when he was 4 weeks old. A veterinary technician decided to adopt TurboRoo and wanted to get him up and mobile as soon as possible to give him a better chance at life. After making a small “cart” out of Fisher-Price toy parts, Turbo’s story caught the eye of a news reporter in Indianapolis.
Turbo’s story quickly went viral. His owners Ashley Looper and Ray Hurt were contacted by an aerospace engineer in San Diego who offered to design the first ever, 3D printed wheelchair (cart) for a dog. Since then, Turbo has inspired fans all over the world with his zest for life. With over 150K followers between Instagram, FaceBook and Twitter, Turbo is now a spokes pup for pets with disabilities everywhere and the inspiration for TurboRoo Designs which uses 3D printer technology to make carts for other handicapable dogs.
TurboRoo’s stories have appeared on The Huffington Post, National Geographic’s website, Indianapolis’ “Pet Pals TV” and in The Toronto Sun newspaper to name just a few.
Every year, the Humane Society for Hamilton County organizes a dog walk called “Parade of Paws” which kicks off their annual Dog Day Afternoon featuring Woofstock Festival.
This walk raises money specifically for the shelter’s Survivor Program – a program that provides emergency and life-saving medical care for the thousands of animals who arrive each year.
“Because we are an open-admission, truly No Kill organization, we give animals with birth defects like Turbo’s, those with the most serious of hit-by-car injuries, victims of abuse and neglect and animals with life-threatening illnesses a second chance,” added Stevens. “The Survivor Program is what makes this possible.”
“When I learned about the Humane Society for Hamilton County’s Survivor Program and No Kill philosophy I knew this was the local shelter we wanted to get behind,” said Ashley Looper TurboRoo’s owner. “Not only do they go to extraordinary lengths to give each animal a fighting chance, but their programs like the Survivor Program and Pets Healing Vets are unlike any others I’ve seen. We’re so proud to be partnering with them.”
About the Humane Society for Hamilton County
The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is a privately run, 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. The mission of the Humane Society for Hamilton County is “Saving Lives. Educating Communities. Completing Families.” The HSHC serves as the animal control facility for Hamilton County, and as such, receives partial funding (approximately 27%) from Hamilton County. The majority of HSHC’s operation is funded by individual donors and foundations, fundraising initiatives, corporate sponsorships and grants. HSHC is one of the only open-admission, truly No Kill organizations in the country in that it does not euthanize animals for time or space constraints nor does it euthanize animals if they have rehabilitatable behavior issues or medical conditions/injuries (regardless of severity) that are treatable with a good outlook for life.
For more information, call the Humane Society for Hamilton County at (317) 773-4974 or visit their website at www.hamiltonhumane.com
Charity Golf Outing to Benefit HSHC
Noblesville, Ind., July 6, 2015
The Humane Society for Hamilton County will be the recipient of the 8th Annual Meyer Najem Swing Into Giving Charity Golf Outing. The outing will be held on Friday, July 31st at Eagle Creek Golf Club.
“As a year-round supporter of the Humane Society for Hamilton County, this was our chance to give back to a group that does so much for our community.” said Jennifer Arvin, Director of Marketing & Philanthropy Chairperson for Meyer Najem. “The lives they save and the lengths they go to to give every animal their best chance at a second chance are incredible, and we wanted to help any way we could.”
Meyer Najem usually chooses multiple charities to benefit from their annual golf outing, but chose the Humane Society for Hamilton County as the sole recipient this year.
“We’re so honored that Meyer Najem has chosen us as the beneficiary of the outing this year, said Rebecca Stevens, Executive Director of the Humane Society for Hamilton County. “Their employees want to make a difference in our community and have been incredibly supportive of our mission.”
This year’s Honorary Chair of the outing will be Fisher’s Mayor, Scott Fadness.
To find out more about the charity golf outing, and for sponsorship opportunities, visit www.meyer-najem.com/2015-swing-into-giving-charity-golf-outing, or contact Jennifer Arvin at (317) 577-0007.
About the Humane Society for Hamilton County:
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. HSHC is an open-admission, no-kill animal welfare organization serving as both the animal control facility for Hamilton County and the Humane Society. As such, HSHC receives 27% of its funding through service agreements with Hamilton County and its municipalities with the remaining 73% generated through individual donations, fundraising programs and events, corporate sponsors, adoption/service fees and grants in that order.
Woofstock 2016–Benefiting Indiana’s Only Open-Admission, Truly No-Kill Shelter
Fishers, Ind., September 23, 2016 – Pet lovers, music lovers and their dogs are invited to join the Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) for its annual Woofstock Festival on Saturday, October 8th at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater in Fishers. Woofstock is Indiana’s largest pet and music festival, and it’s expected to be even larger this year with the first ever “Woofstock Pops Concert Presented by WZPL” following the festival. The concert will feature pop sensations JOJO and Jordan Fisher and is included with the $5 admission fee to the festival. There are also a limited number of $20 VIP Packages available for premier seating and the chance to meet JOJO and Jordan Fisher after the show!
The festival is from 2PM to 9PM with the Woofstock Pops Concert starting at7PM. Dozens of merchandise & service vendors, food trucks, activities for both kids and canines—including live animal shows by Animalia, “Barry” the Fishers K9 Cop and face painting at the Capital Group Kids’ Corner, and paw painting, a dog swim area, pet photo ops, “pawdicures” and more will off er something for everyone to enjoy. There will be live music all day on the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic’s Woofstock Stage featuring the amazingly talented kids from the School of Rock, 10th of Never and the Blues Ambassadors. The Big Lug Canteen Beer Garden and Vino Mobile Bar will be serving adult beverages.
The shelter’s Woof It & Hoof It Charity Dog Walk kicks off the festival with a less than one-mile walk around downtown Fishers. The walk is a fundraiser for the Humane Society’s Survivor Program which funds all medical, life-saving care for thousands of animals each year. Supporters are encouraged to set up an online fundraising team on the shelter’s Crowdrise Woof It & Hoof It Page to help achieve their $50,000 goal. Participants will have the chance to win gift cards, prize packages and trophies for achieving various fundraising levels and for the top fundraising teams. To sign up for the walk, visit: http://www.hamiltonhumane.com/programs/events/woofstock/woof-it-hoof-it
“Woofstock is our annual celebration of the bond we share with dogs and the healing power they bring into our lives,” said Rebecca Stevens, Executive Director of the Humane Society. “The festival, especially our Woof It & Hoof It Charity Dog Walk that kicks of the festival each year, is critical to our organization’s ability to fund the life-saving care thousands of animals require each year.” The shelter has seen a disturbing increase in the number of neglect cases and owner surrendered pets (especially seniors) over the last few months. The Survivor Program, which the charity walk helps fund, makes it possible to give those animals a second chance.
Admission to Woofstock is $5 per person with kids 10 and under, military service personnel who attend with a military I.D. and dogs FREE. Attendees who bring their pets are fully responsible for their behavior and will be required to sign an Event Registration and Release Form. All pets must be current on vaccinations and on-leash at all times.
Woofstock and Woof It & Hoof It are presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals, Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care, WZPL, 107.9TheMix, Pulte Homes,NextGear and the City of Fishers. The event is sponsored by: Capital Group, Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic, Big Lug Canteen, Kroger, Curran Architecture, Three Dog Bakery, The Current, Lumina Foundation, Party Time Rental and Pet Pals TV.
For more information, visit www.WoofstockRocks.com.
The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. The mission of the Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is saving lives, educating communities, and completing families. HSHC is the state’s only open-admission, truly No-Kill shelter. HSHC takes in hundreds of animals each year from kill-shelters all over Indiana placing focus on the harder-to-save and place pets with special medical and behavior needs, seniors and pit bulls. The shelter receives county funding for only the first 7 days of basic care required by Hamilton County’s ordinance. All medical and life saving care from day one, as well as all operating expense from day 8 on, are funded by HSHC. 100% of all expenses associated with saving the lives of animals the shelter takes in from outside Hamilton County are also funded by HSHC. HSHC offers a variety of unique programs, like Pets Healing Vets, which pairs Indiana veterans suffering from PTSD or traumatic brain injury with shelter animals. It is the only program of its kind that is fully funded for the life of the pet. For more information visit www.HamiltonHumane.com.