Every dollar raised at Mutt Strut 2013, presented by Harrison College, goes directly toward services and programs that benefit the animals at The Humane Society of Indianapolis (IndyHumane). Every day, the staff and volunteers at IndyHumane work to follow the Society’s vision that all animals in Central Indiana are treated with dignity and respect, and live free from cruelty, harm, and neglect. Mutt Strut, our largest annual fundraiser, helps us achieve and expand on this ambitious goal, and with your support, help us find friends for life for animals and humans alike.
Serving Indianapolis and the surrounding counties since 1905, IndyHumane provides vital services to animals and their owners through our programs including our low-cost vaccine clinics, canine training program, 2-acre secure dog park, IndyHumane Re-Tail Store, and of course, sheltering and adopting animals.
IndyHumane is a private, nonprofit organization that receives no public or private government funding. Independent from national animal welfare organizations, we are supported solely by contributions, grants, bequests, investments, adoption fees and other fees for service.
The Humane Society of Indianapolis is the leading voice for the welfare of animals and improving their quality of life. IndyHumane is the first choice in providing direct services for shelter cats and dogs, including adoption, foster home placement, behavior training, appropriate medical care, and affordable spay/neuter services. As the voice for the animals, IndyHumane brings together like-minded animal-focused individuals and groups to educate the public about animal welfare issues and concerns. For more than 100 years, it’s all about the animals.
Harrison College, founded in 1902 as Indiana Business College, will again this year sponsor Indy Humane Society’s largest fundraiser, Mutt Strut. It’s an event that raises awareness for both organizations, but represents only a fraction of the win-win relationship they’ve enjoyed for years.
Many of the registered veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants working in Central Indiana were educated at Harrison College through its School of Veterinary Technology, located at the Indianapolis Northwest campus at 6300 Technology Center Drive. Students there receive hands-on training, assisting in surgeries performed by the veterinarians on faculty at Harrison College. In fact, animals at the Indy Humane Society that are in need of surgeries to keep them healthy are often sent to Harrison College, where they receive the treatment they need to prepare them for adoption.
Students studying Veterinary Technology graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.). The program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The Veterinary Assisting program, which started in April 2011, recently received accreditation from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). It is one of only six Veterinary Assisting programs nationally to have received NAVTA accreditation.
Over the years, several Harrison College students have served internships with Indy Humane Society, and several graduates have been hired for fulltime positions. It’s yet another example of how this partnership benefits all involved.
“Our students, staff, and faculty love animals, and we love caring for animals,” said Dr. Myra Jones, Harrison College’s national dean of the School of Veterinary Technology. “The staff at the Indy Humane Society shares that love of caring for animals. It’s great that we can work together toward a common goal.”
For more information about IndyHumane and information on adopting a pet, volunteering or donating, visit indyhumane.org.