Questions & Answers

Concerning Animal Welfare Issues in Vigo County

Q: How can I get involved to help animals in Vigo County?

A: There are many opportunities to help our animals. You may attend a Vigo County Animal Coalition (VCAC) meeting (check > Upcoming Events listing for next date/location) or contact any of the member organizations listed on the VCAC website for volunteer opportunities. If you cannot volunteer, you may also help with your donation to VCAC or a member organization of your choice, or by providing needed supplies (such as cat food, litter, laundry detergent – see websites or call the agencies for complete list) to Harmony Haven or the Terre Haute Humane Society.

Q: What is the Vigo County Animal Coalition doing that is different from other animal organizations in the area?

A: VCAC brings the animal welfare groups together – non-profits, city and county government, and concerned individuals – to find solutions to problems related to pet ownership and animals in Vigo County. VCAC presents one point-of-contact regarding animal issues. VCAC’s collective focus improves communication and provides more leverage to raise awareness, gain support, and improve the ability of its members to carry out their missions.

Q: Where can I adopt a pet?

A: Both Harmony Haven and the Terre Haute Humane Society have a large selection of dogs and cats of all ages for adoption. Occasionally they have other domestic animals such as birds, rabbits, etc. You may see pictures of most of their animals and find out more information on their websites at Harmony Haven... and Terre Haute Humane Society....

Q: Should I get my pet microchipped?

A: Microchipping is a technique of inserting a tiny computer chip under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulders, which can be scanned and traced to the owner. It is one of the best means of ensuring the return of a lost pet. Microchipping does not hurt the animal. The Terre Haute Humane Society (232-0293) offers microchipping at a reasonable cost. If your pet is altered through the Pets ALIVE Transport (see below) you may also get it microchipped at that time. Other forms of identification are a collar with tag or an ear tattoo.

Q: What should I do if I’ve found an animal?

A: One of the consequences of pet overpopulation is that the animal shelters are frequently operating at peak capacity. If you have found a pet, please email: Include pictures if available, along with a description and phone number(s). The THHS will try to match lost and found animals, and get them back to their homes. If you take the animal to the THHS yourself, please call ahead: (812) 232-0293, and be aware there is a drop-off fee. You may call City or County Code Enforcement officers to pick up the animal; they will take it to the Terre Haute Humane Society (THHS) (if space allows) where it can be reclaimed by the owner.

Vigo County Animal Control Officer: (812) 462-3226 and select the dispatch option from the menu (works through Vigo County Sheriff's Office)
City of Terre Haute Animal Control: (812) 244-2258 (through the City of Terre Haute Police Department)

Q: What if I cannot afford the full cost of spaying or neutering my pet(s)?

A: Spay-Neuter League of Terre Haute offers assistance through a discount coupon program or a free transport program to a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Bloomington, Indiana. For residents receiving public assistance, Project H.O.P.E. offers free spay/neuter. See answers below for more information on each of these programs.

Q: How does the Spay-Neuter League’s $30 Coupon program work?

A: Spay-Neuter League provides a limited number of $30 coupons each month to help defray the cost of spaying or neutering dogs and cats. These coupons are each worth $30 toward spay or neuter of an animal. If you need a coupon in order to be able to afford to spay or neuter a dog or cat, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with a short letter describing the animal the coupon is to be used for (male or female, puppy or kitten, breed, color, something personal--etc.), and put your name, address and phone number on the bottom of the letter. Include a picture if you have one – Spay-Neuter League has several albums now and enjoys sharing pet pictures and success stories.

The mailing address is:
Spay-Neuter League Inc.
PO Box 3251
Terre Haute, IN 47803-3251
Coupons are mailed the first week of each month as funds allow. If you requested a coupon and don't receive it the first week of the month, that means we don't have enough funding and will try to give you one the next month. As much as we would like to help every animal who needs us, the reality is that we simply do not have the funds.

Q: How does the Terre Haute Pets ALIVE Spay-Neuter Transport work?

A: Terre Haute Pets ALIVE Spay-Neuter Transport sponsored by Spay-Neuter League Inc. and Pets ALIVE Spay-Neuter Clinic is a monthly transport service from Terre Haute to the low-cost Pets ALIVE Spay-Neuter Clinic in Bloomington, Indiana, for spay/neuter surgery. Registrations are usually held 3 days per month at the Spay-Neuter League office, 1403 Chestnut Street in Terre Haute from 10 am to 2 pm. Call (812) 235-6465 for registration dates (do not bring animals to registration).

Pets ALIVE charges transport users a discounted rate for services. In 2009, these rates were:
$50 to spay or neuter each dog (male/female, all sizes)
$45 to spay each female cat
$25 to neuter each male cat
$35 to spay or neuter each feral cat

Bring the current rabies certificate to Registration; if the animal is not current on rabies vaccination, the clinic will charge an additional $8 for rabies vaccination. Feral cats MUST be brought in a feral cat trap; the $35 fee for feral cats includes rabies vaccination and ear tipping.

Other services available for additional charges on the same day the pet is scheduled to be spayed or neutered:
Heartworm Testing - $20
Feline Leukemia/FIV Combination Testing - $22
Immunizations - $12 each
AVID Microchipping - $22

Q: How does Project H.O.P.E. (Halting Overpopulation of Pets without Euthanasia) work?

A: H.O.P.E. is funded by the City of Terre Haute, Vigo County, and a PetsMart Charities grant obtained by the Terre Haute Humane Society. To qualify for H.O.P.E., pet owners must live within Vigo County, Indiana and must receive public assistance. Owners must personally register their own animals (do not bring animals to registration). Owners must provide a current photo ID, proof of current address within city limits, and proof of public assistance (such as a valid EBT card or Medicaid card). H.O.P.E. is currently not offering assistance until January 2009. Registration dates will be posted on > Upcoming Events.

Q: My animal is sick or injured, and I do not have the funds to take him/her to the vet.

A: League for Animal Welfare offers small loans of up to $75 toward emergency veterinary visits. Funding comes from flea market proceeds, donations, loan repayment and membership dues. Membership in the League for Animal Welfare is just $12 a year! For information on how you can help the League or to request financial assistance for a veterinary emergency, call Elsie at (812) 894-2358. The Flea Market fundraiser has a new location: 5064 N Lafayette St, Terre Haute, IN 47805-1831

Vigo County Animal Coalition · P.O. Box 2132 · Terre Haute, IN 47802