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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.  

Curbside Adoptions

We are now open for curbside adoptions by appointment only for anyone who has an approved application.  Hours of operation 12 noon - 5pm, Monday thru Friday only.   
We apologize for the temporary shutdown.  We appreciate your patience and understanding while trying to find the best solution to get the shelter animals in homes.  We will operate curbside for safe distancing until further notice. 
Thank you for your support.  

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White River Humane Society

White River Humane Society 3511 Pumphouse Rd Bedford, IN 47421 US

(812) 279-2457
















Due to the COVID 19 we will closed, reclaims only by appointment.

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We are very sorry to say but the Bone Appetit scheduled for May 2nd has been postponed.
We have rescheduled it for Saturday, August 29th. All other things related to the Bone Appetit, remain the same.
If you have purchased tickets, keep them in a safe place, they will be honored.
All donations received thus far, will be kept and used in August.
Again thank you for your support.


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 would like to express our gratitude to Lawrence County Animal Control Officer, Lola Nicholson.  She has held this position for 5 years, serving as Lawrence County’s first female Animal Control Officer.  Her dedication and compassion for animals is demonstrated daily in her efforts to protect and defend the welfare of the animals of Lawrence County.

Officer Nicholson is with our featured dog, Jeff.  Jeff is a 2 yr. old Terrier/American Pit Bull Mix.  He is a lovable fellow who could be a great walking partner with some leash training.  He would enjoy time playing in the yard with you, followed by some good snuggle time.  Jeff is neutered, heart worm negative, microchipped, and current on all vaccinations.  Jeff has been a shelter resident since 7/19/2019.  Are you his person?  If you would like to meet Jeff, please visit the shelter during our public hours:

M, T, ,TH, F 12-5; Sat 12-4; Closed W, Sun, & holidays
WRHS:  (812) 279-2457


Pet of the Week

Tootsie is a beautiful 4 year old spayed female that would love to have a home where she can have li

Cat of the Week

Tootsie is a beautiful 4 year old girl that would love to have a forever home without other cats or dogs. She is 4 years old, up to date on vaccinations and has been declawed.


Dog of the Week

Albert is a handsome 7 year old talented boy that would love a home with no other pets or small children. He is up to date on all vaccinations, neutered and ready for his special forever home.

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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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