Dollars and lives

Some news recently in the world of pets, both from pet stores and shelters.

Petco announced they will no longer sell rabbits! This is great news, especially for those of us working hard to clean up the messes the impulse buys in pet stores often cause. IHRS as an organization effectively stopped the sale of baby rabbits in nine Indiana Petco stores in the last few years by instituting an adoption program instead, but now the entire chain is going purpose-bred-bunny-free and doing adoptions instead. Thanks, Petco!

Meanwhile the Humane Society of the United States exposed Petland as the nation’s largest retail supporter of puppy mills after an eight month investigation. Yep, we have one of their chain stores right up the road in Carmel. What appalled me more is Petland’s response: We have high standards and you shouldn’t listen to the HSUS because they are extremist. No promise to look into it, no proof that puppy care is good, just refusing to discuss the issue because they don’t like the messenger. Of course that initial response no longer appears to be on their website, but what they put up instead just digs into HSUS again, touts their own “charity programs,” and still doesn’t promise to do anything about the issue. Bottom line: why would you shop with a retailer who sells dogs when there are so many dying in shelters?

In what seems like good news for the Humane Society of Indianapolis (not affiliated with HSUS mentioned above), their new director of ops has a background with some really good local animal welfare organizations like SNSI and they’re talking low cost spay neuter. THAT’S what we need! Let’s see how it all plays out.

Dear HSI Friends,

I’m pleased to let you know about the newest addition to the Humane Society of Indianapolis team, Christine Jeschke. Christine will soon join HSI as director of operations. She will oversee all operations of the shelter, including the wellness center, and will help HSI jumpstart our foray into low-cost spay/neuter services.

Christine joins us as both an accomplished professional and a highly respected member of the animal-welfare community. She’s currently vice president of human resources at Indiana-based Liquid Transport Corp. She also serves as president of Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, Inc., a nonprofit that sponsors low-cost spay/neuter programs. Prior to becoming president, she served as the group’s treasurer for four years.

[picture] Christine has volunteered in many capacities for Indianapolis-based animal-welfare groups Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership, Move to Act, and Indy Pit Crew. She’s the proud pet parent of four dogs and four cats, all adopted or rescued. (That’s Christine with Otis, rescued from Animal Care and Control/ARPO, and Chaucer, adopted from HSI as a puppy.)

Christine’s knowledge of and passion for animal welfare is invaluable to us, and I hope you share my enthusiasm when I say I could not be more excited to have her on the team.

Best regards,
John Aleshire, Executive Director
Humane Society of Indianapolis

(from an email I received this week)

This seems like a healthy response to the many in the community who have been disappointed with HSI’s operations in the last few months and years. I hope to be working positively with them again soon!

1 thought on “Dollars and lives

  1. Hi!
    Interesting blog! Thanks for the optimism about what is to come at HSI. I’ll do everything I can to make Indy a more humane place and to help HSI become the premier shelter I know it can be. Please feel free to contact me if there is something I may do to be of assistance. I’ll be in place there by January 2nd.
    Take care,

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