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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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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! 


Police Pals

Many thanks to Bedford Police Department's Officer Kody Emmons for his kindness in participating in this week’s Police Pals. Officer Emmons is with our featured dog, Molly. Molly is a loving 4 year 3 month old Black and Tan Coonhound mix. She has magnificent ears and as all hounds, enjoys tracking all the scents in the yard. Molly is VERY sweet, a quick learner, and eager to please. She is easy going, but needs to be in a home without cats. She is spayed, heart worm negative and current on all vaccinations.

If you have a place in your heart and in your home for a great dog, we invite you to come visit Molly during our public hours, M, T, TH, F 12-5 pm; SAT 12-4 pm; closed Wednesdays, Sundays, & holidays. Phone (812) 279-2457. 


Pet of the Week

Cat of the Week


Wanda is a beautiful girl that will give you attention when she wants attention, she's about 2 years old and would make a great country girl. Wanda is up to date on vaccinations, tested for FIV/FeLV and will be spayed before being adopted.  

Dog of the Week


Diesel is a very handsome Australian shepherd mix that seems to get along with other dogs and loves people. Diesel is heart worm negative, up to date on vaccinations, dewormed and neutered. If this handsome boy looks like he could be your new best friend stop by and meet him. 

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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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