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Helping animals

Families who love animals can donate their time to helping animals that are waiting for their forever homes.

Although Humane Indiana requires kids to be 16 to work directly with animals, there are some ways young kids can give back as well.

Development Associate Stephanie Anderson says the shelter has a shelf of books in its cat colony area where kids can come in and read to the cats.

“The books are all picture books and easy for young readers,” she said.

Volunteers of all ages also can help make enrichment toys for the dogs.

“This could involve stuffing treats into toys and making puzzle toys,” Anderson said. “Families could also purchase toys for the animals and distribute them with the help of a staff member of volunteer.”

Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times, she notes.

The Porter County Animal Shelter also has several volunteer opportunities available for older teens and adults, from cleaning kennels and walking dogs, to manning booths at fairs and pet adoption events.

In addition to these shelters and others in the Region, several rescue organizations also rely on donations, both monetary and supplies — providing the perfect opportunity for families to hold supply drives or purchase gifts together.

Treasured Friends Rescue, for example, is in need of supplies such as cat litter, pet beds, towels and cat and dog food.

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A southwestern Indiana city has created an animal abuse registry to help animal shelters screen people seeking to adopt pets.

Evansville's new database lists the person's name, case number and the judgment against them in animal abuse or neglect cases. The information includes the charges, sentence and any stipulations of their sentence or probation.

City Councilwoman Missy Mosby pushed for the registry. She says the information will help animal shelters screen potential adopters to make sure animals aren't given to people with a criminal history of abusing or neglecting animals.

Mosby tells the Evansville Courier & Press that the registry will also help residents determine if their "neighbor isn't supposed to have dogs."

The registry can be accessed through the Evansville Police Department's website.


Information from: Evansville Courier & Press,

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