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The No-Kill Myth

Jan 04, 2021

It's one of the first things people notice about an animal shelter or rescue organization these days. Some people even ask us outright. "Are you no-kill?" "Are you a kill shelter?"Even though the VHS has finally reached the industry standard "no-kill" benchmark of a 90% or higher save rate (91% in 2020), the answer to both of those questions is no. Here's why."No-kill" is nothing more than a marketing term designed to present an emotional appeal to...

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Beware of Online Puppy Scams

Dec 08, 2020

Beware of Online Puppy Scams

Beware of pet-related scams!They start with online photos of cute animals when you Google "cute puppies for sale near me!"Attorney General Curtis Hill and Indiana State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh, DVM, are warning Hoosiers to watch out for online pet-adoption scams.Both offices have received complaints recently from citizens who have made down payments on animals they found on the internet — only to learn after paying multiple fees and never receiving animals that they were duped...

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Winter Pet Safety Tips

Jan 12, 2020

As "real" winter sets in here in the Tri-State, here are some things to remember to keep your pets safe and avoid costly veterinary bills!1) Ice MeltIf you use ice melt in your driveway or on your porches, try to purchase a non-toxic pet-friendly kind. If you have some already that isn't pet-friendly, be sure to avoid letting pets into that area during potty & play time. Wipe dogs' paws off when they come inside so they don't lick ice melt, or put doggie boots on them b...

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Pets in Media

May 01, 2019

Nearly everything we do is influenced in some way by media and pop culture. It's just the world we live in. Animal welfare is no exception. Have you ever paid attention to the nuances and messages being portrayed in media regarding animals? If not, listen a little closer next time. Good or bad, there are certainly some clear stereotypes out there!Issue: The Dog Catcher/Animal Shelter StereotypeYou're already picturing it, aren't you? Chance with his porcupine quill-covered face in Ho...

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How To Afford Your Vet Bills

Aug 06, 2018

How To Afford Your Vet Bills

Part of pet ownership is providing veterinary care, just as part of parenthood is providing medical care for your kids. Vet care used to be exclusively paid for out of pocket, and often at a hefty price, with little to no options for those larger vet bills. But this is 2018! There are lots of options to help pay for vet care! All of us who have loved a pet have probably experienced a big vet bill at some point or another, whether for a broken leg, UTI, getting into something poisonous, or even j...

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Advice Regarding Lost and Found Pets

Jun 20, 2017

The staff at the VHS receive many calls each day regarding people finding an animal or losing their beloved pet. We want to help as many owners and pets as possible get reunited. The following is some advice that we regularly issue to our callers to assist them in doing all they can do to help a lost or found pet get returned to their family safely.Accidents happen but PLEASE REMEMBER that prevention is the best way to avoid the heartache of losing a fuzzy family member.Keep up to date tags on y...

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