Last year PAAIN volunteers aided 85 dogs, she says. When they arrive, the homeless pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Twenty-five were adopted and 60 were transferred to two Cincinnati and two Chicago area nonkill facilities and rescue organizations. “We do some work with the Indianapolis Humane Society.” Cutter explains the pups are sent to cities because “they just have much higher populations to pull good homes from.”
Although mostly the group deals with dogs, “we have helped cats,” Hahn recalls. “One time we found some tiny ones the mother had abandoned. They were raised and adopted out.”
Adoption fees vary as organizers hope to recoup each animal’s expenses.
The organizers recount recent heartwarming stories. An abandoned and malnourished Papillon and Chihauhau mix was picked up by a street department worker. Max was adopted by a middle-aged couple in western Decatur County looking for a small house dog. They encountered a grandchild sharing dog food with the pup.
After a puggle was shot locally, its leg had to be amputated at PAAIN’s expense. The dog was rehabbed and is now living with another puggle and two attorneys in Chicago.
Two 10-day-old puppies born in January in Sunman were bottle fed by members until they were strong enough to be claimed by Chicago families.
Now six dogs are in PAAIN’s care, waiting for permanent homes – five boxer-beagle mix puppies (please see photo) and a tri-colored 3-year-old male beagle named Mr. Jones.
Members are trying to facilitate more local adoptions. “We want to do the best for the pets here in southern Indiana,” the vice president emphasizes.
Garage sale proceeds are used to pay the drop-off building rent, subsidize spay and neuter fees for those who cannot afford full prices, buy food for pet owners in need and pay for all or part of medical expenses of pets belonging to disadvantaged persons, according to Cutter.