Keeping the promise to every animal.
We rely on the generous support of our neighbors to enable us to keep our
promise — a promise made to each animal who comes to our door.
Our promise is simple. Every animal will always be welcomed at HSVB&IRC. They
may be old, sick, or injured. They may have behavioral issues that make them
unwelcomed elsewhere. But, at HSVB&IRC, our doors are always open to all
animals, as are our hearts.
Adoption fees dropped to encourage adoption action.
"We face a serious challenge right now," observes Chalmers Morse, CEO and
Executive Director of the HSVB&IRC. "We have an abundance of wonderful animals
at our Shelter, all eager to find new homes, but not enough people are stepping
up to adopt. So, we've decided to make it easier than ever for folks to take
home a 'forever-friend.' That's why we're significantly lowering our adoption
fees between now and the end of July."
Effective immediately, all cats will be $30. Dogs will cost $70, though Senior
Dogs (over 5 years) will be $50. Certain "Patron Pets" will not be included in
"We acknowledge these reduced fees won't cover our costs for
spaying and neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, and all the other steps we
take to prepare animals for adoption," adds Morse, "but we must find homes for
these animals, so we'll do what it takes to make it happen."
We regularly accept animals that come from many places. At times, concerned
citizens bring us litters of kittens they have discovered. Perhaps an Animal
Control Officer delivers a dog who has been chained outside, under the summer
sun, neglected and abused. We often encounter displaced families who can no
longer afford to feed their family pets. We even receive animals from other
shelters or rescue organizations that are limited in their capacity and need our
Whatever the situation, every animal is welcomed at
Every day of the year, we rely on you to ensure that we keep our promises to the
animals. What does our promise mean?
Our promise means we will NEVER...
We promise that we will ALWAYS...|
Summer months pose a special challenge for
our Shelter. This time of year, we see a huge increase in recently-born litters
arriving, all needing to be fed, nurtured, spayed/neutered, and placed for
adoption. Accordingly, our costs go up at a time when many of our dependable
supporters have left for the season.
Especially during the summer, please remember us with your contributions and
continued support. For your convenience, you can make an online donation from
our secure server website by “clicking
When you DONATE, you will help us...|
On behalf of the animals who rely on our promise to secure their future, we
say "thank you."
What does it mean to be an "Open Door, Open Heart" Animal Shelter?
are Indian River County’s only open admission animal shelter. That’s an important distinction.
It clearly sets us apart from every other Shelter in the area.
But, do our friends and supporters really understand what these words
mean? Please take a minute and learn why «read more...»
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