Turns out success can learn to come when called.
Turns out success can learn
to come when called.
Humane Society of Indianapolis
2006 year-end report
We exceeded our animal
placement goal with matches
that were made to last.
We say a homeless animal is “placed” when we
are able to arrange an adoption, transfer the pet
to a reputable breed rescue group, or reunite
pet and owner. Placement rates at the Humane
Society of Indianapolis have increased steadily
since 2004. Our 2006 goal was 55% placement.
We achieved 57.8%.
Growing community support.
We exceeded our 2006
development goal, raising
close to $2 million in donations.
Our fundraising goals were designed to motivate.
And boy did they. Contributions, bequests and
special event proceeds are up by $186,748
from last year, and exceeded this
year’s ambitious target number.
A still-stronger financial
base. We increased revenues
and decreased expense ratios.
We’d hoped to increase revenues by about a
third of a million this year. Instead we added
half a million and then some. We also spent
a little less than planned.
2006 Performance Highlights
Humane Society of Indianapolis
Since 2004, our board and leadership have
followed a strategic plan, directed toward everimproving results for the animals and people we
serve. And for each of three years we have met
and exceeded our goals. Success has brightened
more than our balance sheet. It lights up the faces
of veterinarians, trainers, workers and dedicated
volunteers throughout this organization.
What does it all pay for?
The Humane Society of Indianapolis is the area’s first and largest
charitable animal shelter. Our programs include “open-door”
sanctuary for homeless and surrendered animals; expert animal
adoptions; spay/neuter surgery for shelter animals; humane
education; lost and found matching; care for injured, unweaned or
sick animals and much more.
We are not affiliated with other animal protection societies, and
receive no funding from such groups. Nor do we receive any tax or
governmental support. The Society is completely dependent on
donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.
Thanks to our expanding resources and capabilities, Humane Society
workers are increasingly able to focus on comprehensive, longterm solutions for pets and the people who love them. Our web site,
interactions, processes and outreach are all aimed at creating
nothing less than pure joy in the lives of humans and animals
throughout Central Indiana.
Unconditional acceptance and care.
The Humane Society of Indianapolis accepts and shelters dogs,
cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, gerbils and mice,
regardless of their temperament, health status, origin, age or
breed. Our approach is holistic. Every animal entering our shelter
gains access to a full suite of veterinary care and behavioral
services, plus the human affection they crave. Standard care
for lost dogs, stray cats and a host of surrendered pets includes
vaccinations; spay/neuter surgery; food, shelter, attention and
exercise; microchip I.D. placement; behavior assessment and
enrichment; and additional medical services as necessary.
Our space is limited. Yet we do not limit the amount of time an
adoptable animal remains with us. Instead we pursue every available option for continued care and rehabilitation. We may place
the animal in a foster home and enlist the guardians to help us
arrange the perfect adoption. Our staff and volunteers often care
for special animals in their own homes. We even rehabilitate and
place severely handicapped pets. It is not unusual for a dog or cat
to remain under our care for several months before its intended
owner comes along.
An adoption process that
bonds pets with owners.
We labor on behalf of every animal to find not just any home, but a
forever home. So we get to know the personality -- and sometimes
the hidden potential -- of every human and animal that comes our
way. Our counselors learn the condition of each dog and cat, so
they can work with newly smitten human visitors to create a clear
understanding of the issues at hand. Sometimes this means stepping in to counsel families on the type of pet that will really work in
After each adoption, we follow up with the new owners to hear how
everyone is settling in. If needed, we bring in behavior experts to
answer questions and help with training problems. It all happens
approximately 5000 times a year, as we guide adopting families
toward harmony with their adopted pet.
Not any solution, but the kindest solution for
We work on many fronts to reunite lost pets with their owners, and
find homes for others.
Microchipping is one example. All cats and dogs adopted from the
Humane Society of Indianapolis are microchipped, and for just $20,
any owner can bring in their pet for quick and easy microchipping.
A tiny data chip, inserted under the skin and between a dog or cat’s
shoulder blades, registers the animal in a national database, used
by shelters, vet clinics, and animal control agencies to reunite
owners with their lost pets.
Our Society is an open admission shelter, meaning, for a small fee,
we accept every homeless, lost or surrendered pet, regardless of
its condition. In many cases, we are the only safe refuge available
for an animal. We give these animals top quality care for as long as
possible, and make every effort to place them with new, loving and
Sometimes we receive very young kittens or puppies, not mature
enough for adoption. Other dogs and cats require medical
rehabilitation, or socializing in a home environment before going to
a permanent home. The knowledgeable volunteers in our Foster Care
Program open their homes to animals like these, giving them the
extra time and attention they need to get ready for adoption.
What about the animals we’re unable to place? Sadly, a number
of animals come to us in such misery, that our best efforts cannot
make them well enough for adoption. Some suffer from serious
health conditions and cannot be medically rehabilitated. They may
have lasting temperament problems that our behavioral experts are
unable to fix, and therefore pose a great risk to other animals or
The Humane Society exists to relieve the suffering of animals.
Sometimes the kindest solution is euthanasia.
Wellness care and relationship counseling.
A growing body of statistics suggests that as we nurture our pets,
we’re also improving our own health and well-being.
We want all pet owners to fully enjoy those rewards. So here on our
property is Central Indiana’s first off-leash dog park, 2.5 acres
of quality outdoor time for Indy dogs and their owners. The park
includes a canine agility course and 1.5 miles of wooded trails. It’s
open to local pet owners who register, present vaccination records
and pay a $50 annual fee plus $30 for each additional dog.
Dog obedience classes also lead to happy relationships. The
Humane Society of Indianapolis offers a year-round schedule of
classes that make dog training fun and rewarding. Our experienced
trainers and counselors are attentive and results-oriented. They
also answer our Behavior Helpline, making it easy for owners to
obtain sound advice about dealing with animal behavior problems.
We do all we can to help troubled pets and owners learn to live
together happily, and possibly prevent an animal from being
surrendered to the shelter.
Preventive population control.
Dogs and cats need loving homes, and there are not enough homes
to go around. The only way to get a handle on the overpopulation
problem is to prevent uncontrolled breeding. We spay or neuter
every cat and dog in our care before it leaves the shelter, and
actively promote spay/neuter programs throughout the area. The
pet overpopulation problem belongs to all of us.
Number of humans born
in the U.S. each day.
Number of puppies and
kittens born in the U.S.
Ratio of animal births to
human births, and the
reason there are never
enough pet homes to go
Number of puppies one
unspayed dog and her
offspring can produce
within 6 years.
Number of kittens one
unspayed cat and her
offspring can produce
within 7 years.
Number of unwanted
animal births HSI’s spay
neuter program prevents
Number of spay/neuter
by Humane Society of
Indianapolis over the last
Dogs, cats, people, guinea pigs:
We’re all warm-blooded creatures.
Let’s make this work.
You can tell a lot about a community by the way it relates to its animals. For most, the first plateau is concern for animal welfare. Next
comes the realization that what is good for animals, is good for people too. People who live with pets as family members are healthier,
happier and less bothered by stress. Pets get people moving and relieve their sense of isolation. Around town, dogs and cats bring people
together, establish common ground, elicit friendly conversation and give shy people the confidence to speak up. These are the benefits of
pets and humans living together in harmony – benefits the Humane Society of Indianapolis seeks to spread far and wide.
We welcome your involvement. Please visit our web site, www.indyhumane.org. Or phone us at 317.872.5650 ext. 119 and share your interests.
Financial Statement and Goals
As we continue to follow the strategic plan set in 2004, the Humane Society
of Indianapolis continues to meet and exceed its financial goals.
Increase placement rate of animals annually.
Total incoming animals: 9,073
Total animals placed: 4,803
2006 placement goal: 55%
Percentage of animals placed in 2006: 57.8%
Establish a solid base of financial support by increasing revenue,
managing operating expenses and leveraging a line of credit.
Contributions, Bequests & Special Events: $1,986,858
Companion Animal Programs: $748,830
Educational Programs: $87,149
Investment Income: $175,819
Total 2006 Revenue: $2,998,656
Program Services: $2,477,120
Total 2006 Expenses: $3,361,272
Amount of Debt
2004 - 2006 Actual: $1,719,600
2004 - 2006 Projected: $2,300,000
Build development revenue through strong staff and
active Board participation.
Revenue goal set: $1,948,824
Revenue raised: $1,986,858
Lisa Stone, Esq.
Tara Stapleton Lutes
Otto Frenzel, IV
Debra Smith Peek
Tom Kanach, D.V.M.
7929 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Our Mission: Provide shelter and comfort to animals in need on the path to loving lifetime homes.