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New Gary Animal Control Services Deal In Effect

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October 7, 2013 – A new agreement is in effect today for Munster’s Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA) to help shelter Gary pets needing adoption.

Gary’s Animal Control Services are partnering with HSCA for improved animal care.  The partnership followed an assessment of Gary’s animal control facility by Animal Rescue Corp. (ARC) President Scotlund Haisley.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says the City had planned to expand Animal Control Services to a local facility until the City’s offer for that facility was declined, leaving the City to pursue a partnership option.

BISSELL Pet Foundation said today, “The partnership was made possible by the BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF), which recognized the need for such services in the city earlier this year.  Along with Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), the foundation was able to assess a course of action that would provide assistance and have an impact on homeless animals in the community.  BPF is dedicated to helping displaced, unwanted and homeless animals in the United States and ensuring that these animals find homes.”

BISSELL says, “Every year three-to-four-million homeless animals in the United States lose their lives due to overcrowded animal shelters and the absence of pet adoption programs. However, in Gary, Ind., these animals will now receive a second chance at finding loving homes, saving them from an untimely end.”

The Foundation says the City’s Animal Control Services partnership with the Humane Society Calumet Area intends to offer care to nearly 1,600 animals in Gary each year that do not have care, in addition to pet adoption services with the City lacked.

Freeman-Wilson noted that, “As a part of this (ARC) assessment, we conducted an internal investigation of allegations of animal abuse that were made.  We are addressing those allegations in the course of this process as well and will make changes where appropriate.  Because the ARC assessment and investigative results contain confidential information regarding personnel and finances, the full report will not be released.”

She says the City of Gary Animal Control Division, “remains committed to providing a safe and sanitary environment for all animals until rescue services are enacted.”

BISSELL says, “The partnership comes at an ideal time during National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, which promotes pet adoption and raises awareness about dogs currently living in shelters.”

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