We are a small rural city funded shelter located in Rush County on the far East side of the state of Indiana. See the City of Rushville budget for our current budget located on page 7.
We take in approximately 1200 animals a year, 800 of those are cats and 400 are dogs. The majority of the animals that enter our facility are strays.
We are considered a “Low Kill” shelter. We do not euthanize for time or space, however, we will for medical or behavior reasons. Each animal in our care is evaluated as an individual to determine if they meet adoptable criteria, would they benefit from a rescue, or would a peaceful and pain free end be in their best interest.
OUR SHELTER PHILOSOPHY, PURPOSE, AND PRACTICE
- We are a public animal shelter, we do not turn anyone away no matter how much space is available, how much money is available, or reason for the surrender
- We are compassionate and understanding, we do not openly judge those who are unable or willing to meet the top standards of animal care and responsibility deemed by those who have unlimited resources. We instead offer education and resources with the goal of helping pet owners meet at least the basic needs and responsibility of their pet (Refer to the Five Freedoms)
- When we can’t offer a service or solution we do our best to help by identifying options that may be helpful
- We approach each potential adoption with an open mind and instead focus on informing and educating adopters. We may say no if we feel the shelter animal or another animal or human being is at unreasonable risk of serious injury or death.
- Our shelter’s goal is to provide excellent customer service to the public and volunteers
- Our shelter’s goal is to provide animals with a quality life while in our care. The Five Freedoms will be referred to to determine if quality of life is being met
- Five Freedoms
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury, or disease
- Freedom to express normal behavior
- Freedom from fear and distress
- Five Freedoms
- Our Animal Control goals are to enforce current ordinances and state laws, educate owner’s on pet responsibility, and provide excellent customer service
- All employees, volunteers, customers, and animals should feel safe at our shelter and out in the field
- Euthanasia will be viewed as it’s meaning – a good death. Each euthanasia will be performed with compassion and respect for that animal’s reason. No one should feel judged for their decision in house or in public. Ending a life, no matter the reason, is a complicated and emotional decision; it is not taken lightly. The decision to euthanize will be based on 1 question – is the alternative worse than death? There are many resources available to correct most reasons for euthanasia, but if those resources can not be afforded than the alternative is worse as the animal goes without.