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Putnam County Humane Society Is Forced To Close

Putnam County Humane Society Is Forced To Close


It’s a sign of the times. After months of struggling to stay afloat, the Humane Society of Putnam County in Greencastle, Indiana is closing its doors forever. The situation left volunteers with the challenge of finding homes for the pets housed there or euthanize them.

Five dogs and 26 cats remained at the HSPC shelter when the decision was made to close the operation by September 30. It gave volunteers only 17 days to adopt the animals or end their lives.

“It’s with extreme sadness that we announce that the shelter will be closing on September 30,” read an announcement on the HSPC website. “We have been instructed that all animals are to be placed by the 30th or be euthanized.”

Amber Harney, a worker with the Humane Society of Putnam County told, “We have no more funds and we can’t pay our bills. We have a lot of debt.”

HSPC said it costs $7,000 – $10,000 a month to operate their shelter, but donations have decreased by $4,000 – $5,000 a month.

“This year has been such a rough year for all non-profits that rely upon donations, particularly the animal shelters all across Indiana,” HSPC Board of Directors President Kraig Kinney told the Greencastle Banner-Graphic. “It is particularly sad in that we have one of the best executive directors and staff the shelter has seen in its years of operations.”

Even with the poor economy, animal lovers rallied around HSPC once news of the closing made its way through the Greencastle community. Late last week, potential adopters began pouring into the shelter to save the cats and dogs. More than 25 of the animals were adopted by Saturday.

Officials at HSPC were overwhelmed by the response. On Thursday the HSPC website reported, “Thankfully the animals in our care have all been adopted or placed with rescue organizations.”

The group is still accepting donations to cover their costs through the end of the month and pay their debts.

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9:08AM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

H.ow very very sad i hope they dont have to put any of the animals down i hope they find homes for them.

4:44PM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Please do not euthanaized those poor creatures, is not their fault to be born and abandoned etc. Please adopt them people, animals are blessings for humans don't let them die!!!!!!!!!!!!

9:37AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Hanka T.: I could only give you one Green Star, but you deserve a whole lot more! Thanks for what you do!
And to others: Please consider adopting a pet from a shelter instead of buying a "new" one. When my life gets in a better order (I work 50+ hour weeks) I'll get two dogs from the local shelter. Just as a starter!

5:33PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

I hope all the animals find home. I will pray to St. Francis. Thanks to the people who saved their life.

2:25AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

So glad the homeless ones found good homes at the last moment. Hope they are forever homes.
I do think that public funds should be available for non-profit shelters.

2:11PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

I hope all the animals find a loving home

1:27PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

This breaks my heart. Truly sad.

10:31AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

if only more people would adopt. So many shelter animals that never get a chance. It's unbearably tragic. Glad these animals found new homes. Such a shame this rescue shelter has had to close.

9:22AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Manufacturers of pet food and pharmaceutical producers should step up and help shelters - they make million$$$ and million$$$ annually from pet owners!

Thank you to the people who helped finding homes for the animals.

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