Yesterday, the Warrick Humane Society posted the below photo to Facebook.

There are so many reasons why you should WAIT until a humane society is open to surrender your animal.

  • First up, it is ILLEGAL. You can be prosecuted if you leave an animal anywhere without a plan for its care.
  • The animal is without food or water for an unknown amount of time.
  • The animal could be left in hot or cold temperatures for an unknown amount of time. Lindsey told me that a couple of weeks ago someone put a dog in a carrier next to all the other carriers outside. They didn't notice the dog until 1 PM that day. It could have easily died in the conditions.
  • The staff does not know if the animal is a stray or an unwanted pet. If the animal has health issues, they need to know. Likewise, if it's healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations, they need to know that too so they aren't double vaccinated.
  • As in the case above, an animal can escape and face serious danger.
  • Finally, leaving an animal in a box for an unknown amount of time is cruel.

Now, many will argue that dropping off an unwanted animal is better than killing it or letting it go in a remote area. But, come on, be a good human. Treat other living creatures with care. The humane society staff is there to help find homes for animals. They want to help and they care about the well-being of these pets. Wait until the humane society is open so they aren't put in any danger.

The WHS is open from 12-4 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as well as, 12-7 PM on Thursdays. Lindsey also told me that someone is always at the shelter from 8-4 PM daily if you can't stop in during the shelter hours.

5722 Vann Road
Newburgh, Indiana  47630

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