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Forum Free Press: the animal shelter charges a fee for pet owners to surrender their pets because it costs money to feed and house the pet. The humane society’s is not the same as the animal shelter. The shelter is a government owned and operated public service, funded primarily by tax dollars. The society is a private charity funded entirely by donations. Our philosophy- policy is first and foremost responsible pet ownership. So dumping, dropping or surrendering a pet to the shelter or elsewhere should be the last resort. Pet owners need to take responsibility to find loving, new homes as part of their duty to their pet. If it helps to have the pet spayed or neutered the society can help if there is a financial need.

If persons discover an abandoned pet they should notify animal control immediately. Where possible provide safe, comfortable shelter, food and care. The society has a Good Samaritan program that assists concerned persons who are helping injured or abandoned pets in need of medical care. If you can’t afford pet emergency, medical care please contact us and we will help make arrangements so no animal suffers. However you must still notify city and- or county animal control. It is their responsibility to pick up , assess and arrange for housing or medical care of abandoned or injured animals. You only have 3 days to notify animal control of the issue. If you care for an abandoned pet longer than 3 days it is considered a common adoption. Meaning you accepted ownership of the pet and care is now your responsibility. Calling 6 months after saying you have a cat that someone dumped 6 months ago and you’ve been feeding but it’s now pregnant and you don’t want it around - “doesn’t work”.

If you are concerned the abandoned pet will be destroyed and don’t want to feel responsible rather than dump the pet, neglect it or drop it at the shelter you can offer that if the shelter is crowded you will hold and care for the pet until there is room to help lessen the likelihood the pet will be destroyed. Normally both animal control and shelter staff are happy for the support. Once there is room animal control can pick up the pet. Still you must do so within 3 days or by default- you have accepted responsibility for the pet.

The Humane Society has continually supported adoption programs. For much of 2017 and still 2018 we have sponsored a low cost adoption program for cats and kittens. Our program has substantially increased adoptions and reduced the number of shelter cats and kittens destroyed. We offer low cost and no cost spay-neuter programs, emergency vet care support for needy families and good samaritans , assistance local law enforcement as needed in neglect and abuse investigations as well as disaster response support for families and pets impacted by natural disaster such as the recent flood. However we do not pay “drop fees” for persons wishing to dispose of their pet at the shelter.


Added: April 16, 2018 10:52:35 AM
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JB why can't you just be what we want you to be?

Added: April 15, 2018 08:30:40 PM
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Pet culture has exploded in growth over the last decade. People needing companionship they don't have with humans.

Added: April 14, 2018 09:56:27 PM
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What is the cost of surrendering a pet cat or dog at the Animal Shelter?

Added: April 14, 2018 02:46:04 PM
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Most people just dump their unwanted pets on the side of the road thus putting them in much danger or maybe a meal for a coyote.

I would rather see the animal dumped at the shelter.

There is a fee to leave your pet at the shelter. Those who have a hard time feeding themselves do not have the available cash to pay a drop off fee. Maybe the Humane society of Madison and Jefferson County could help with the fee or just do away with the fee altogether.

Maybe the shelter could construct some kind of drop box for cats and dogs that are no longer wanted and that would probably be dumped on the side of the road or just turned loose in the hood..

If a dog or cat is dumped on the side of the road it will cost tax payers more than drop off fee to have animal control and law enforcement to get involved, plus city/county or state has to dispatch a crew and truck to remove an animal from the roadway if ran over (several tax dollars here).

Okay, I hear you screaming; if you have a pet it is your responsibility to care for it.


Added: April 14, 2018 01:32:28 PM
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The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery will have the community day work day on April 21, 2018 starting at 9:00am The Grounds are still a little wet but hopefully the rains for this weekend will not be much and the grounds will continue to dry. Thanks for the your understanding!!

Added: April 13, 2018 08:08:06 PM
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With the TIF money now downtown they RDC have pledged atleast a million and maybe 2 as the match for Steller program.

If managed right it could do wonders for the downtown.

The problem is its all about power and greed.
Its not a republican or democrat problem its a good ole boys opportunity to further rob the Citys coffer.

Madison owes alot to the Grotes for their commitment to the City over the past 55 + years. You would think they could solve their own drainage problems at the plant.
Drive by up there on Industrial Drive.
Most of the roof gutters leak or are directed uphill.
But dont worry the TIF money will pay for Stantech and FPBH to rework the area for what the 3rd or 4th time now.
But it does help to have John Grote as the President of the RDC and the TIF money.

Special rules for TIF money ! Lol. Madison believes it can do what it wants . Who is going to know or find out.

There are very few if any conflicts of interests in Madison! They think they are above the law!

That Hunt and Flint and RDC and $750,000 comes to mind .

So here is the choice you have.

Either stay in Madison and accept it as is or MOVE OUT !

It will not change around here until people are held responsible for their actions ( joe craig 18 years on RDC board)and put in prison ( john eckert )

There is so much corruption here! Its sad.


Added: April 13, 2018 04:34:55 PM
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I too am curious to what these candidates might have to say about animal abuse. But, I was hoping your forum would post all three persons resumes.

Added: April 13, 2018 04:28:09 PM
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Aren't there specific rules that apply to the use of TIF funds?

Added: April 13, 2018 02:48:37 PM
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One of past superintendent Studebakers many lawsuits was settled - Teacher Mike McDowell was awarded around 175 thousand or so for wrongful termination the other night at the school board meeting. Between JCIDC the tif board, stellar and MCS I gotta say my tax dollars are being wasted at record pace. And yep the latest brew pub folks will go begging for money from the TIF board. Since the business wont even officially open until maybe fall of next year should be interesting as to how any handouts might be justified.

Added: April 13, 2018 01:53:01 PM
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