Pulaski County Making Strides to Help Homeless Animals


More than 90 animals have “fur-ever” homes thanks to the efforts of Pulaski County Animal Control Director Sarah Thompson. Since March she’s been providing short-term housing for strays she picks up and posting their photos on Facebook and other animal rescue websites. Thompson says that number does not include the kittens that have been re-homed to farmers and others looking to control their rodent populations. Prior to Thompson’s hiring as animal control director, homeless pets were taken to the shelter in Starke County, where a fee had to be paid to drop them off.

Meanwhile, a group of community volunteers is working to establish an animal shelter in Pulaski County. Board member Karen Shidler told the commissioners that a seven-member board has been named, they’ve drafted a mission statement and bylaws and filed the necessary paperwork to obtain nonprofit status. She says they are now in search of land to build a suitable facility but concedes they may end up renting space as the venture gets going. Shidler told the commissioners she recognized they may need to start small but adds they hope to build a structure that is adequate to meet their needs if they end up going that route.