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Partnering Up for Gary, Indiana’s Homeless Animals


Sometimes all it takes is a few extra hands on deck to help make a major difference. A recent press release from the Bissell Pet Foundation reveals the new initiatives taking place in Gary, Indiana where multiple animal organizations have partnered up to help the city’s homeless animals:

International non-profit animal protection organization Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) and the Bissell Pet Foundation (BPF) are continuing to assist the City of Gary’s Animal Control Department with a plan to correct deficiencies by facilitating a new partnership with a local humane society.

Sponsored by BPF, ARC recently completed a thorough assessment of Gary Animal Control’s operations. With a clear view of the problems and challenges, especially those faced by the Gary Animal Shelter, ARC provided recommendations to improve services. As a result of the assessment and recommendations, a new partnership has been established between the city of Gary and the Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA) to shelter, care for, and re-home the city’s animals. BPF sponsored the return trip of ARC President Scotlund Haisley to Gary recently to help finalize the terms and timeline for the new partnership.

“We are so glad that through our connections in this area, the Bissell Pet Foundation was able to recognize the huge need facing the homeless pets of Gary. We are incredibly thankful for ARC’s willingness to help us create life-saving change for the animals of this community. Together, we are providing hope for these lost, abandoned, and abused pets,” said BPF Founder Cathy Bissell.

Animal Rescue Corps believes HSCA’s progressive philosophy and programs, high standard of care, proximity to Gary, and commitment to homeless animals across Northwest Indiana make them the ideal partner. HSCA’s mission is to “lead the community in the humane treatment of animals” and their vision includes “working individually and in partnership with similar valued organizations, (to) create a humane community for all animals.”

“I’m confident that this arrangement is the best solution for the city of Gary and its approximately 1,600 homeless animals per year. The care of the animals and their opportunity to find loving homes will be greatly improved,” said Haisley.

While sheltering and placement of the animals will now entirely be handled by HSCA, animal control services within Gary will still be operated by the city. In a press release, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said, “We thank Mr. Haisley and his team for their thorough assessment and look forward to implementing more of the suggested steps to ensure that Animal Control is operating at the highest level of excellence.”

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