Indiana Animal Rescue Achieved 93% Save Rate in 2022
Animal overpopulation is a continuing problem in communities across the country, including here in Indiana. Fortunately, we have a wonderful network of animal rescue organizations doing everything they can to combat that problem. One of those organizations has shared some remarkable statistics from the last year.
There is more that goes into animal rescue than most people outside the rescue community realize. It certainly can take an emotional toll on those who work tirelessly to save and care for homeless animals. It may even feel at times like a thankless job. However, when you see the statistics, you clearly can see that the hard work is paying off.
Vanderburgh Humane Society
IN 2022, Vanderburgh Humane Society achieved an impressive accomplishment. The rescue achieved a 93% save rate. That statistic places the organization well above the national "no-kill" threshold and is the highest live release rate ever achieved by VHS. According to the Vanderburgh Humane Society,
- Adoptions slowed down significantly while Intakes remained about the same… which resulted in fuller shelters and longer lengths of stay for the animals. This has been the case for organizations across the United States.
- Despite its challenges, the VHS still achieved its highest live release rate EVER: 93%.
- While according to industry standards we could be considered a "no-kill" shelter, we do not use that term. “No-kill” is a misleading and often overused marketing term in the animal welfare industry that creates divisiveness between organizations who are all working toward the same goals. For more information on that, check out our blog post at vhslifesaver.org entitled, “The No-Kill Myth."
In 2022, there were 669 animals taken into the care of Vanderburgh Humane Society. More than 1,000 animals were placed in foster care situations. In addition to saving and rehoming animals in 2022, there were more than 4,600 children that took part in the Humane Education program and nearly 7,000 animals were spayed or neutered as the community continues to battle overpopulation.
More About VHS
Vanderburgh Humane Society was founded in Evansville, Indiana in 1957 to meet the needs of homeless animals and animals that were victims of neglect and abuse. The organization also works to provide community education. Today, the facility works as a surrender and adoption agency. The organization is a 501 c3 non-profit and is funded entirely through donations. Additionally VHS offers low-cost spay and neuter clinics making responsible pet ownership accessible to all. Learn more about Vanderburgh Humane Society by visiting VHSLifeSaver.org.
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