IndyHumane and Humane Society for Hamilton County Collaborate to Increase Medical Capacity for Shelter Animals

May 18, 2021 | News

In a collaborative effort to support homeless pets in the greater Indianapolis area and beyond, local animal welfare nonprofit IndyHumane recently donated several pieces of veterinary equipment to their neighbor to the north, the Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC). This donation includes a portable dental x-ray unit, a dental scaler and a high-speed hand drill, which will allow HSHC to do dental cleanings and advanced dental procedures like tooth extractions. Other donations include a handheld Tonometer, which measures intra-ocular pressure, allows for diagnosis and management of eye diseases like glaucoma and uveitis.

“Between adoptions, low-cost spay/neuter, and community programs, IndyHumane serves more than 15,000 animals annually,” said David Horth, IndyHumane’s Chief Executive Officer. “It is a role we take very seriously. We are happy to be able to help more animals in the community by sharing our resources with shelter partners who share our vision and values.” IndyHumane’s North Michigan Road adoption center houses an on-site veterinary wing, including a surgical suite and capabilities for dental, orthopedic, and declaw repair surgeries. Every animal is spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and receives a comprehensive medical examination prior to adoption.

Both IndyHumane and HSHC are no-kill shelters, and do not euthanize for kennel space, length of stay, cost of care. treatable injuries, illnesses or rehabilitatable behavior issues regardless of age, breed, disability or special needs.

“Having a medical center in our new facility is critical in serving over 3,200 animals each year—many of whom arrive with life-threatening injuries,” said Rebecca Stevens, the President and CEO of the Humane Society for Hamilton County. “We are incredibly grateful for IndyHumane’s generous donation of medical equipment as it allows us to perform even more procedures that will improve these animals’ quality of life, and I’m looking forward to more opportunities for HSHC and IndyHumane to collaborate in the future.”