What is the Mission of the Morgan County Humane Society? The Mission of MCHS is to eliminate the suffering of animals within our community; to participate in educational programs and disseminate information to promote animal welfare and to operate a shelter for animals in need of care and place such animals in suitable homes whenever possible. MCHS will never turn away an animal brought in by an individual for a lack of a donation, nor ever release an animal for any type of experimentation.
How does MCHS receive its animals? We receive our animals from people giving up their pets for a variety of reasons including changes in family situations. Some of our animals have been strays rescued from the streets by a kind citizen. Some of our animals have been rescued from cruelty/neglect cases. But all of our animals are looking for permanent homes.
How do I adopt? Adopters must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid photo ID. Vet records for all other pets in the home must be faxed, emailed, or present at the time of the adoption. Animals must be up to date on their rabies vaccine. When taking a cat home from the shelter we ask that you bring, or are prepared to purchase a cat carrier. All cats leaving MCHS must be in a cat carrier. When taking a dog home from the shelter we ask that you bring, or are prepared to purchase a collar and leash. Further details . . .
Are you a No-Kill shelter? In order to be a "No-Kill" shelter, you have to maintain a certain percentage of animals that are not euthanized, and this often leads to shelters turning away animals so as not to lose their status as "No-Kill". That just doesn't fit our desire to help as many animals in our community as we're able too. So while we don't consider ourselves a "No-Kill" shelter, we can promise there are no time-limits placed on animals staying with us and we do not turn away those in need in order to maintain a certain percentage and keep the title of "No-Kill".
Do you transfer animals to other shelters? Yes, we do transfer animals to other shelters and rescues when appropriate. Shouldn’t every female pet have at least one litter before being spayed? No. Your pet will be healthier if she never sexually matures. Spaying helps protect pets from Pyometra and breast cancer.
Are there any health benefits from neutering male animals? Yes. If neutered a male dog or cat is less likely to develop testicular cancer.
If I find homes for my pet’s litters than I won’t contribute to the pet overpopulation problem, right? Wrong. Only a certain number of people want pets. So every home you find for your pet’s offspring takes away a home from a loving animal already at a shelter. Can’t I allow my dog to breed if it is purebred? Mixed breed or purebred – there just aren’t enough homes. Animal shelters receive purebred animals everyday.
Mailing Address: 690 W Mitchell Ave, Martinsville, IN 46151