The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is an award-winning, nationally-recognized organization that serves Hamilton County as an open-admission, no-kill shelter. We serve 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.
We believe every companion animal deserves a chance to live, love, and be loved, regardless of age, breed, disability, special medical needs, time, or space. And while we receive some of the most difficult to save and place pets imaginable, HSHC consistently achieves an annual average placement rate of 98%.
The last 12 years of exponential growth in Hamilton County–and operating in a facility without several critical areas such as an arrival space for cats, a quarantine area for contagious animals, a recovery area for the injured, and adequate meeting/office space—have driven us far beyond our capacity and available resources.
Even more challenging are the quality of life issues that impact both animals and people. Without noise control measures in the kennel, our dogs, staff, and visitors are often overcome by the deafening noise. Without windows in the animal areas of our building, the cats never see sunlight or enjoy fresh air. Without adequate outdoor space, the dogs often go without proper exercise and are limited to walks through a busy parking lot.
Brighter days ahead.
We are so excited to announce that the 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 our new location at the corner of 106th Street and Hague Rd. in Fishers. And, after launching our Building a Brighter Future for Hamilton County & Hoosier Animals Capital Campaign on November 16, 2018– we have raised a total of $12.5M in cash and pledges for the construction of the new facility. The life we have dreamed of providing our community’s under-served and at risk animals will become a reality in the spring of 2021.
While we are incredibly fortunate to have raised the funds needed for the construction of the new facility prior to the pandemic, the impact COVID has had on our operation is significant. As with many charities, our fundraising strategy depends greatly on events. The financial impact to our operation this year after canceling several events and losing sponsors equally impacted created a financial shortfall of approximately $250K. Due to decreased foot traffic and its 2 month closure when COVID hit, we had to also close our Trends for Tails Resale Shop in Noblesville that was generating $50K-$65K in operating revenue.
It’s bittersweet to see our dream realized while worrying about the continued impact COVID may have on our ability to raise the increased operational funds needed to live in our new home next year.
Help protect their future.
The COVID pandemic, while unprecedented, is a perfect example of why having an operating endowment is so critical. To have one in place today would certainly help us weather the continued impact of COVID as we move into our new home in just a few months. And let’s face it, other storms will come no one expected.
That’s why time is of the essence as we continue fundraising to establish a minimum $2M operating endowment by the end of 2021 to protect the bright future we’ve worked so hard to build.
Several naming opportunities including memorial/honorarium bricks are still available if you would like to make a legacy gift in honor or memory of someone special (human, canine, or feline). Of course, your tax deductible donation of any amount makes all the difference. Contributions made to the capital campaign that are not used for construction purposes will automatically go toward our operating endowment goal.
It is with urgent need we ask that you consider supporting us in what will truly change the future of animal welfare in our community.
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. Watch this short but shocking video to see why we never gave up on our dream.
Our community outreach programs make life better through the undeniable power pets have to heal the heart and mind. Our efforts reach far beyond Hamilton County and always have. And now, we can do even more.
After 5 years of research and planning, our dream of building a world-class animal wellness center unlike any other in the state of Indiana, and one of the best in the United States, is now a reality.
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UPDATE: August 29, 2020
UPDATE: June 23, 2020