HIGHLAND — As part of a complete rebrand, the former Humane Society Calumet Area has a new name, shelter location and mobile adoption vehicle.

The staff and board of directors said its commitment to leading the community in the humane treatment of all animals remains the same after changing their name to Humane Indiana.

Officials said just as they changed their name from the Hammond Humane Society to Humane Society Calumet Area to reflect the evolution of the organization beyond one city, the change to Humane Indiana represents the expansion of their services to the state to represent the scope of the organization’s impact.

"The organization has grown and changed so much since I started as a volunteer in 2004," CEO Rachel Delaney said. "I’ve had the pleasure of watching us transform from a small animal shelter to an organization that also includes a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, wildlife center, education center and resale shop.”

The rebranding includes a new logo incorporating both domestic animals and wildlife, with the center of the logo being the state of Indiana. A new website allows visitors to learn about Humane Indiana's education seminars and low-cost clinic.

Officials also unveiled a new mobile adoption vehicle donated by Thomas Ray Crowel. The vehicle will take adoptable animals to events and off-site locations to help more animals find homes. The vehicle is 26 feet long and has 21 cages, some of which can be combined to accommodate larger animals. Included is a space for families to meet animals, and a gas-powered generator ensures the animals stay cool and comfortable. Shutters on the sides roll up so potential adopters can view animals from outside the truck through tempered glass.

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Humane Indiana is opening a new shelter location inside of Alsip Home & Nursery in St. John. The new shelter replaces Alsip to the Rescue, which closed earlier this year.

"Partnering with another rescue, by welcoming their operation under our roof, is our way of keeping the promise to continue helping animals in need," said Rich Christakes, Alsip Home & Nursery CEO.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new shelter is scheduled for 11 a.m Oct. 14.

"With the evolution of our name and logo, and our passionate and forward-thinking team, Humane Indiana will continue making strides in the humane treatment of all animals," board member Scott Filler said.

For more information, visit humaneindiana.org.

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Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.