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While visiting shelters, our volunteers frequently identify opportunities to improve rabbit care. This is not surprising; rabbits comprise a small percentage of shelter residents, so shelter staff spend relatively little time learning about rabbit care. When visiting a northwest Indiana shelter in late January, we identified significant opportunities to improve rabbit care. A plea to IHRS supporters resulted in an overwhelming number of supplies donated.

northwest indiana shelter donationsDue to your generosity, we were able to help two shelters in northwest Indiana! The rabbits at these shelters are now set up with litter boxes containing rabbit-safe litter piled high with tasty hay.  They have crocks to hold a limited amount of pellets to improve their health. They also have fun toys to play with to enrich their stay at the shelter.

Both shelters were overwhelmed with the mountain of supplies donated. Thanks so much for your generosity, which enabled IHRS to help so many rabbits!

Shelter Intervention

December 20, 2006 | Comments | News

Shelter interventionIn early July, IHRS was approached by a metropolitan shelter who proposed discontinuing their small animal adoption program. This would place 336 animals surrendered annually (5 species) at risk. The IHRS Leadership Team networked and collaborated extensively, creating several solutions which enabled the organization to continue accepting small animals.

In a new operational paradigm, all small animals surrendered to the shelter are either being routed to local rescue groups or are being placed for adoption in local pet stores. Length of shelter stay and rates of euthanasia for small animals will decrease dramatically. The animals placed for adoption in local pet stores are reducing the numbers of animals purchased and sold at these locations, which should result in fewer shelter surrenders long-term.

A final decision has still not been made on whether to continue accepting small animals at this shelter. IHRS is thankful to have created additional opportunities for small animals, giving them a safe haven for five additional months.

IHRS will continue to work diligently with the shelter and local pet stores with hopes of continuing this innovative partnership.

In early July, Indiana HRS was approached by a metropolitan shelter who proposed discontinuing their small animal adoption program, no longer accepting small animals (336 annually, 5 species). The Indiana HRS Leadership Team networked and collaborated extensively, creating several solutions which enabled the organization to continue accepting small animals. In a new operational paradigm, all small animals surrendered to the shelter are either being routed to local rescue groups or are being placed for adoption in local pet stores. Length of shelter stay (projected at less than 7 days) and rates of euthanasia for small animals will decrease dramatically. The animals placed for adoption in local pet stores are reducing the numbers of animals purchased and sold at these locations. Indiana HRS successfully negotiated shelter spay/neuter for surrendered rabbits who are placed for adoption in local pet stores, eliminating hormone-related behavior issues (136 or less annually).

Indiana HRS is working diligently to expand our Petco adoption program in the Indianapolis area. In less than 2 years, this program has created significant opportunties for the 40 rabbits that have been rescued to fill in-store foster care slots (30 rabbits have found forever homes). Petco has ceased the sale of rabbits at the Carmel, Keystone, and Greenwood locations, fostering Indiana HRS adoptable rabbits in store. Indiana HRS normal adoption procedures apply, no same-day adoptions. The success of this program would not be possible without the tireless dedication of our in-store “Bunny Buddies,” who provide daily exercise and socialization for our foster rabbits.  Indiana HRS has 30 active Bunny Buddies to support the Carmel, Keystone, and Greenwood locations.

Indiana HRS has completed negotiations to expand to the remaining three Indianapolis locations, Northwest, Fishers, and Speedway, as soon as the in-store living spaces are available. We have recruited an additional 28 Bunny Buddies to support the remaining three
Indianapolis stores. These new Bunny Buddies will be trained as soon as we expand to the new locations.

Applying our Petco success outside Indianapolis, Indiana HRS is working to expand the Petco adoption program to all Indiana Petco stores. Current systems are being replicated and local volunteer centers are being created in the following cities: Merrillville, Highland, Mishawaka, Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Terre Haute, Bloomington, and Columbus.

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