Cats versus dogs, you decide!

July 2022

Notice to dog and cat lovers! The Humane Society of Boone County holds a contest where everyone wins, especially the many cats and dogs for whom HSforBC provides stress-free care and housing.

As Boone County’s population continues to grow, so does the number of animals in need of rescue and welfare. In 2021, HSforBC cared for over 600 cats and dogs, maximizing its resources. The expansion and renovations to the HSforBC Shelter are desperately needed to meet a rapidly and endlessly growing demand.

HSforBC Chief Executive Susan Austin shared with Zionsville Monthly that plans are in place to expand the current HSforBC facility. And HSforBC is launching the HSforBC $800,000 Renovation Fundraiser with the ability for its wonderful donors to nominate where their money goes. Cats or dogs? The choice is yours!

HSforBC has overtaken its shelter

“Boone County has doubled its population and the number of animals that need our help has also doubled,” Austin explained. “The need is growing exponentially. Currently, we only have room for nine dogs and 20 cats at the shelter. The renovations will double the space in the cats’ roaming room and give them a “catio” for bird watching and enjoy a more enriched roaming space. Instead of being able to have only 10 we can have 20.”

Cats vs Dogs HSforBC

The renovation plan will also add six more runs to the back of the building for dogs and much-needed food storage for the pet pantry that currently overflows into the shelter’s lobby.

Austin shared that HSforBC has received generous grants and giveaways for the renovation, but as material costs have skyrocketed, the $800,000 renovation project is far from being funded.

Calling all dogs and cats

With renovations set to begin soon, Austin is appealing to all potential foster homes to answer his call.

“We desperately need more foster families,” Austin said. “We [HSforBC] cover all expenses of being a host family, and we also provide all food and medicine. We currently do not have an Animal Control Officer (AOC) in Boone County, and we are getting calls. Sometimes people just show up at our shelter with a dog, not knowing we don’t have room, and we have to refer them to the sheriff’s office. Until the AOC is operational again, we really need the public to help us. If they find a dog that is friendly enough and can keep him safe to help us by placing him in foster care – we will provide food etc. and if he turns out to be a great family d welcome, we would like to have them do it again and again!

Be part of the solution

If you donate to the building fund on the HSforBC website, it will go towards renovating and expanding the shelter. Austin explained that HSforBC creates window stickers for those who donate.

Austin added, “We’re not asking outrageous amounts to be a part of it – the minimum donation is $25, and that goes until someone wants to donate. If everyone could help a little with [the renovations]we can make a huge difference!

Love cats?

So join the “Crazy Cat Catio Club” and help HSforBC fund renovations to the cat shelter! Your donation will go directly towards the construction of the new “Crazy Cat Catio” and the renovated cattery for HSFORBC’s future frisky felines.

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Do you like dogs?

Then the “K-9 Kennel Krew Klub” is for you, as your donation will help fund dog shelter renovations that include six new dog kennel isolation runs for future canine furry friends to run and play and be safe!

If you love cats AND dogs, you can certainly make a donation in everyone’s name!

Cats vs Dogs HSforBC

Do you like HSforBC?

For every donation of $25 or more, you will receive a Crazy Cat Catio or K-9 Kennel Krew window decal to proudly display on your vehicle! Choose the tier that best matches your generosity for extra recognition – you might even have a dog or cat named after you!

Please join us in answering HSforBC’s call for help by donating and supporting cats and dogs in need! Visit for more information and to donate to the building fund! For those who prefer to send a check, please send your gift to HSforBC at PO Box 708, Lebanon, IN, 46052.

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