Pro-Life Shelter

Making a Difference

Making a Difference

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White River Humane Society's vision is to help and prevent unwanted and abandoned animals in our community.  

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Valentine Photos

Have a professional digital photograph of your dog taken for Valentines Day


Join us from 2-5pm on Saturday February 1st at Tractor Supply in Bedford, IN.  ALL dogs must be up to date on rabies vaccinations, certificate may be required. 


Lawrence County Residents

  • We have been awarded another grant for $1,000 from the Pedigree Foundation to use for anything. We have chosen to use the Pedigree grant to help low-income families in Lawrence County by assisting with the cost of spay/neuter through Pets Alive in Bloomington. We can help with 20 dogs and 20 cats. The normal cost at Pet’s Alive for altering dogs under 100 lbs is $65, but you will only pay $35. Your dog must be up to date on its Rabies vaccination or you will be charged an extra $15 for the shot. Bring the rabies certificate as proof, if your dog has been vaccinated. To spay/neuter a cat you will pay only $15 of the $35 Pets Alive cost. Your cat must also be up to date on its Rabies vaccination or you will be charged an extra $15 for the shot. Bring your rabies certificate for proof.

To make arrangements or for any questions contact the shelter at 812-279-2457 or click the contact us link above and send a message.

UPDATE!! We have 0 cat vouchers left for the Enterprise Zone!! We do have a few dog vouchers left! 

White River Humane Society has just received a $2000.00 grant from Bedford Enterprise Zone!  The purpose of the grant is to spay/neuter 20 cats and 20 dogs that reside within the zone.
Mrs. Trudy Dillman nominated WRHS for this grant.
If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to have your pet spayed or neutered, you must live within the Enterprise Zone, and qualify as low income.
If your pet is up to date on rabies, bring the certificate with you; if it is not you will have to pay the $15.00 fee for that.
Thanks to Mrs. Trudy Dillman and the Bedford Enterprise Zone for making this grant possible!


The Reason for Prevention

The New Year was met with our first dog who unfortunately tested positive for Heartworm Disease. Ol’ Yeller is a handsome 4 year old, intact male, lab mix that was brought to the shelter via County Animal Control in December. He belonged to someone, yet he was never reclaimed, so now it is our duty to treat his disease, have him neutered and wait until he is ready to join the list of adoptable dogs. 

It takes about 6-7 months for the infective larvae to mature to adult heartworms. They are called heartworms because they live in the heart of a dog. They look like cooked spaghetti. The female heartworms can grow up to 12” in length. Heartworms can range in number from
1 - 250. The severity of the disease depends on the number of heart- worms living inside the dog and how long its been infected. Left untreated the dog can die. Since we don’t have any medical information on Ol’ Yeller we think it’s likely he has never had any type of heartworm prevention. His blood work will determine approximately how long he has been infected. 

Treatment can take 4 months or longer. It’s a costly treatment and is not administered without some suffering from injections and sickness while ridding himself of the heartworms. He won’t be available for adoption until he has fully recovered and given a clean bill of health. 

It troubles us when we know heartworm is a preventable disease, yet so many animals are denied prevention because owners don’t know the risk or won’t spend the money to avoid this medical issue. This doesn’t make for a happy start of a new year for the shelter and it’s certainly not a happy 2020 for Ol’ Yeller either. 

This only serves as an opportunity to remind everyone to please protect your pet from needless suffering. An ounce of prevention is far better and less expensive than a pound of cure. Love your dog, do what’s right! 


Deputies with dogs

We sincerely appreciate Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department K-9 officer, Captain Andrew Phillips, for introducing you to Saga, our first featured “Deputies with Dogs” adoptable for 2020.  

Saga is a sweet 1 year 10 month old male who will charm you with his personality and beautiful brindle coat.  He is a high energy guy and loves to play.  He would be an incredible walking, hiking, or camping companion.  He is good with respectful dogs.  Saga is neutered, has all vaccinations, and is heart worm negative.  Won’t you please consider giving this nice fellow a forever home?


Pet of the Week

Cat of the Week


If you are looking for love, look no farther than this handsome boy. Jafer loves attention and will follow you and climb into your arms.  Such a sweet boy!  Jafer is 1  year old, he is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, tested for FIV/FeLV.  

Dog of the Week


Jesse is a very friendly boy that always greets everyone when they walk into dog room #1. Jesse is around 1 1/2 and is a Australian Cattle dog mix. 

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WRHS Annual Shoe Drive

When: Sept 1st - shoe drive  is officially done as of Jan 22, 2020! 

Thanks to all that donated shoes!

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Why not get your shopping done and help the homeless animals at the same time! Click the picture above to start your order today, and it will be directly shipped to your home. Rada has quality options for every person in your family, and a percentage of every order goes to the animals waiting on their forever home.

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Prevent a Litter, Fix your Critter!


White River Humane Society's vision is to help and prevent unwanted and abandoned animals in our community. White River Humane Society's mission is to care for the lost and homeless animals of Lawrence County, while providing education and services to the public that will lead to reducing the number of unwanted animals born in our community. Each adopted animal that leaves our shelter has been spayed or neutered. Keep in mind there aren't enough homes for all the litters born in Lawrence County, so please Spay or Neuter your pet. 

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