BCHS Boasts Highest Save Rate in Indiana in 2014

The Brown County Humane Society (BCHS) has been recognized by the No Kill Advocacy Center’s Saving 90 project as the shelter with the highest save rate in the state of Indiana.

 For the 2014 calendar year, the Saving 90 project identified three other shelters in Indiana with save rates over 90 percent – Hamilton, Union, and Vigo – but BCHS ranked as the highest with an organizational record of 98 percent.

 “There are many reasons for the success at the BCHS,” said BCHS president Sue Ann Werling. “We have worked hard to find better ways of moving our pets into loving homes through improved marketing efforts, off-site adoption events, Canine Express and working with rescue groups.”

 Werling also attributed the save rate to BHCS’s “aggressive spay/neuter efforts” and foster program which “allows those pets that are very young, injured or sick to find a safe haven while recovering.”

 According to the Saving 90 website, the No Kill Advocacy Center “hopes that by listing communities that are saving 90-99 percent of dogs and cats, it will encourage others to try and reach 90 percent and do so for all animals.” The website includes data from 26 different states.

 Werling agrees with the overall goal of Saving 90, and hopes that BCHS can serve as a role model for other shelters across the state.

 “I think the Saving 90 website provides hope to those who strive to save the lives of homeless pets,” Werling said. “It doesn’t happen overnight, but knowing it can be done gives other organization a reason to get up everyday to continue striving toward this goal of saving lives.”

 Werling hopes to continue BCHS’s success and to see BCHS featured on the website for years to come.

 “We will continue to promote our highly successful spay/neuter program, and continue to pursue better ways to place our pets into forever homes,” Werling said.

 For more information about Saving 90 please visit http://www.saving90.org/.

 Olivia Humphreys