VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Animal overcrowding in Humane Societies is a big issue in the Wabash Valley this year.
Animal control says it’s seen an increase in abandoned animal cases.
But through one partnership in Vigo County -- officials hope to change cases like that.
"A Second Chance is Forever."
Words on the front of the Terre Haute Humane Society's building.
And it has a double meaning.
The shelter gives animals a second chance.
And now, Ivy Tech Community college will help give the shelter a second chance.
"Their facility is decrepit. They have definite need for additional space, cleaner space, safer space for the animals,” said Ann Valentine, Ivy Tech Community College chancellor.
The college bought an old building in the industrial park, with plans to convert it into a a new shelter.
"Here, we're up against a severely decaying building. Definitely very antiquated from the heating and cooling units to the kennels themselves are starting to crumble,” said Charles Brown, manager of Terre Haute Humane Society.
"We're adding a vet tech program. We'll be able to collaborate with them, provide some additional hands on care of animals. We'll provide a clinical site for our students and obviously much improved and much larger space for the humane society,” said Valentine.
It's a move that's needed -- both parties agree the old Humane Society is falling down.
The ceilings are leaking and the air doesn't circulate well.
"That will hopefully really increase the health level of the animals and decrease the transmission of disease because air is going to be more appropriately exchanged,” said Valentine.
"Going to reduce pathogens and be able to have a healthier community of animals that we take care of,” said Brown.
Both agree they think this is the kind of symbiotic partnership needed in communities.
"And so as we have a difficult time deciding how to be good stewards of public dollars, we're going to have to find ways to partner for the benefits of our entire community,” said Valentine.
"The ability to partner with other organizations, other entities is critical, especially for non-profits survivals,” said Brown.
Right now, officials say they're still waiting for more funding to finish this building.
But they hope to complete the project as soon as humanly possible.
For more information about the plan or to see the blueprints for the area, check out Ivy Tech’s website.
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