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Humane Society says "Our shelter is not full of hypocritical beings, we snuggle animals while they leave this world"

Source: Brittany Hooper - 4yr employee at Bartholomew county humane society

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In response the the letter we posted yesterday.

I have worked with the Bartholomew County Humane Society for four years, almost five. I can say with great confidence that these concerns are mostly false. Nobody has ever stated that we have or will euthanize for the sake of making room in our new shelter. 

 Yes, 44 felines will fit into the cat room. This is not including our cat colony areas throught the building, our kitten nursery, isolation, encounter rooms, or other various places throughout this building to house "overflow". We, as a team decision with staff and board, decide when an animal should not have to suffer anymore. I have seen illnesses and felt animals souls desperately begging to be put away from misery by looking into their eyes. 

We have dealt with severe URI (upper respiratory infections), FIP (feline infectious peritonitis), road rash/hit by cars, abuse, extreme neglect cases, anemia from severe flea infestations, bloat due to untreatable parasites, and many other situations when it is quite cruelty to let an animal suffer and die slowly. 

 I work at a world-renowned state of the art veterinary clinic and often seek advice from their 100+ years of combined knowledge. Our shelter is not full of hypocritical beings, as some rumors have led people to believe. So are under the assumption that every animal can and should be saved regardless. This is half true, yes! They should be saved from their immense suffering. Each one is either snuggled up, cozy and warm, in my arms or another coworkers and loved while leaving our earth. 

 There are much worse ways to go; tortue, being burned or skinned alive, strangulation, being dragged by a chain by a moving car, fighting to the death, drowning, etc... 

 I can not even begin to name them all! Our "angel babies" quietly drift off to sleep in our warm arms, just as we would all like to go. They leave with dignity and respect, not just as some random number. Please, I beg you all to really think about this in perspective of your own furbabies; they are sick and cannot get better, suffering or crying out... What loving decision would you make?

As for our extreme boarder numbers, go to the Bartholomew County Humane Society's facebook page for a moment. Take a second to share a photo (or several) of our adoptable babies and join the right fight to find them homes! If you already have pets, get the spayed if they are female or neutered if they are male! We do NOT need more homeless animals in our community! 

I have talked to several people who think that the spay/neuter surgery is stupid because their animal "enjoys sex"... WHAT?! This could not be further from the truth. Only humans  were designed for that. As animals, it is simply instinct and has no reason to be carried on. If people are wanting to show their children the "miracle of life", check out youtube.com for the easier solution. There is NO reason to not have this surgery done and it helps so much more than not.

I hope this is taken seriously, as I am an employee and very knowledgable and skilled in our day to day at the Humane Society. Please help and make a difference in any way you possibly can!

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H Bakin 18/12/2014 21:14:17
Dear HS,

I’m curious about a couple things. 1) Do you keep your sick animals separate from the healthy ones? 2) What kind of water do you give your animals to drink; city water or well water?
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J. Brooks 15/04/2015 21:03:36
They claim dignity and respect !!!! My dog has been there 4 weeks waiting to be buried at there pet cemetery. You call that dignity and respect? I don't think so....They were HAPPY to take my money and has yet to provide the service I paid for....Time for a change in management !!
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Tyler Chi 01/01/2017 04:33:42
As of last year, the Humane Society is not allowed to sell plots in their pet cemetery anymore. It sits atop an old landfill and each grave breaches the landfill cap. For many years the HS has not only been burying pets in old rotting garbage, but also promoting more toxic leachate to pollute our water. If I ever actually paid money for a plot, I’d be demanding to talk to Cheryl Zuckschwerdt-Ellsbury about a refund and re-burial.
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Tyler Chi 01/01/2017 04:42:18
HB:

For many years at their old building they were watering their animals with water from a well that they drilled THROUGH AN OLD LANDFILL. They were ordered to close the well, not only because it risked pumping up polluted water, but also because it risked polluting the groundwater. I bet none of the staff ever drank the well water!
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