Gimme Shelter Fundraiser

April 14, 2011


 Join pet lovers and music lovers alike at “Gimme Shelter,” a benefit with all net proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Elkhart County. The Humane Society is in dire need of a new animal control van, which with equipment will cost around $40,000.

All are welcome to come out and enjoy a wonderful evening filled with food, cash bar, dancing and lots of music.  It will be a relaxed and fun atmosphere – blue jeans are more than acceptable!  The event will be held on May 7th at the Athenian Ballroom, the old Hotel Elkhart in downtown Elkhart.

A family that recently adopted from the Humane Society is actually throwing this event.  “My wife and I learned first hand what a positive impact a couple of shelter kitties can make on your life when we adopted Abby and Ziva from the Humane Society of Elkhart County last January”, said Jeff Huff, founder and organizer of “Gimme Shelter.”  “Everyone at the Humane Society was so friendly and helpful during our adoption process that we wanted to find some way to give back. They are truly great people who deserve all the support we can give.”

Gimme Shelter will feature live music featuring the classic rock and blues sound of The Source, bluegrass group Gravel Creek and the Jim Pickley Jazz Trio.  There will also be a special acoustic jazz performance by members of The Source, featuring Jeff Huff and son Colin.

“I was thrilled when Jeff approached us about the idea of throwing a fundraiser”, said Anne Reel, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Elkhart County.  “It is wonderful to hear such positive feedback from one of our pet adopters.  Our mission is save the lives of animals and to enrich the lives of those who adopt our animals and events such as Gimme Shelter help us achieve those goals.” 

Dinner will be provided by Pumpernickels and there will be a cash bar. 

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Single Ticket: $30.00
  • Pair of Tickets: $50.00
  • Reserved Table of Eight: $200.00 – Bring your friends and save! 

Tickets are available at Martin’s PawMart (Cobblestone Crossing and E.Jackson St. in Elkhart), Walgreens Rx Department (CR4/Cassopolis St. in Elkhart and Elkhart Rd. in Dunlap) or directly from the Humane Society office.  Starting April 12, tickets will also be available on the Humane Society’s website www.elkharthumanesociety.org

Due to limited capacity ALL ticket sales must be in advance.  No tickets will be sold at the door. 

WHEN:   Saturday, May 7th, 6pm to 10pm

WHERE:  Athenian Ballroom (formerly Hotel Elkhart), 500 S. Main Street


Bunnies and Chicks are Bad Decisions for Easter Gifts

April 12, 2011

This Easter don’t let the cuddly, fuzzy-faced allure of a bunny or a baby chick cause you to make a huge mistake. Though tempting, the Humane Society of Elkhart County cautions that bunnies and chicks do not make good Easter basket gifts, especially for small children. 

Each year, humane societies across the country are overflowed with Easter bunnies bought on a whim, many times by parents, who quickly realize bunnies require more love, affection and preparation than their kids (or they themselves) were ready for. Many times the bunnies are even set free in the wild only to end up as prey or hit by cars. Chicks, which unless you live on a farm are never a wise choice for a pet, also face harm due to improper care and unpreparedness. 

“Having a pet, regardless of the type of animal, is a huge responsibility that requires doing some research beforehand,” said Anne Reel, HSEC executive director. “People sometimes forget that small pets like bunnies and chicks require just as much care as cats and dogs, leaving these animals to suffer and face neglect.”

So before purchasing either of these animals as Easter gifts, keep these facts in mind.


  • Bunnies, like most pets, require regular veterinary exams and should be spayed or neutered.
  • They need regular nail trims and chew toys to keep their teeth filed down. 
  • Human contact is important for bunnies and they should have playtime outside of their cage.
  • Bunnies live an average of 7-10 years and need hay and fresh greens daily in addition to pellets for a healthy diet.


  • Chicks bought for Easter typically end up dying within a few weeks of the holiday due to stress, broken bones from accidentally dropping or squeezing them and/or improper care and diet.
  • Young chicks require a brooder box to supply heat and older chicks need specially designed chicken coops.
  • That adorable little chick that fits in the palm of your hand will soon be a full-grown hen or rooster.

If you think you’re prepared to take on the responsibility of owning a new pet, the Humane Society has bunnies to adopt. Otherwise; it may be a better idea to stick with chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chicks this Easter. 

For information on adopting a bunny (bunny adoption fee is $15 with proof of cage) or any animal from the HSEC please visit www.elkharthumanesociety.org for details and an application.


Welcome Back!

February 24, 2011

It’s been awhile since we’ve blogged but we’re back and ready to rock and roll!  So hold on to your puppies and kitties as we update you on what’s new at the HSEC!


Local Humane Society In Need of Dog Food

March 30, 2010

The Humane Society of Elkhart County is in need of  DRY dog food due to the overwhelming need of services.  Last month alone, the Humane Society took in 369 animals. The nonprofit organization is asking the community for donations of food to help offset shelter expenses.

In addition, the Humane Society may have to halt its Pet Food Assistance program. The Pet Food Assistance program is available to only Elkhart county residents that need help feeding their pets. There is an immediate application process that can be done in person at the Humane Society. Just this year, the Pet Food Assistance program has helped more than 300 residents that have faced financial hardships.

“We’re really hoping the community can help us out in our time of need,” says Rachel Dennis, assistant director of the Humane Society of Elkhart County.  “We hate to halt the Pet Food Assistance program since it was helping keep so many pets and their families together.”

Besides dog food, additional needs of the Humane Society includes:

  • Bleach
  • New or Gently Used Towels – please clean before dropping off
  • Monetary Donations- to help offset vet and medical bills

Residents are asked to drop off items to the Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 CR 19, Bristol, IN 46507 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.


Share the Love with the Humane Society this February

February 2, 2010

Showing love to animals is routine everyday of the year for the Humane Society of Elkhart County. This year, the Humane Society will be celebrating Valentine’s Day all month long! To show the love the Humane Society will have two great ways to save on adoptions this month along with a special event:

-For the month of February, bring in a Valentine card for any dog, cat or critter available for adoption at the Humane Society and receive 10% off any adoption fee. The staff will decorate the animal kennels with each Valentine. For a list of animals for adoption, please visit http://www.elkharthumanesociety.org.

-See the movie Valentine’s Day and bring in your ticket stub, and receive 10% off any adoption fee.

-The Humane Society will be at Elder Beerman at Concord Mall on February 13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for the “Puppy Love, Kitty Kisses” event.

“At the Humane Society, we are always looking for creative ways to celebrate our animals,” said Rachel Dennis, assistant director at the Humane Society of Elkhart County. “Our hope is to break the record for our February adoption totals.”

Adoption forms are available on-location or at www.elkharthumanesociety.com. The adoption fee for dogs and puppies is regularly a $100, with cats and kittens is $80, which includes a valuable package of  initial vaccines and deworming, feline leukemia testing (cats only), heartworm testing (dogs over six months),  microchipping, discounts at partipicating vet offices and 30 days of free pet insurance. The Humane Society also has cuddly critters such as ferrets for $50, rabbits & guinea pigs $15, birds with a cage for $25. Hamsters, gerbils and rats are available for $5. In addition, all animals at the Humane Society are adopt one; take a companion pet home for FREE!  Military and senior citizen discounts are available too.


Humane Society Announces New Board President and Members

January 4, 2010

The Humane Society of Elkhart County is pleased to announce leadership changes to its current board leadership including a new board president and five new board members to its current board of directors.

Stephanie Krol has been elected as board president. Krol has been an active volunteer with the Humane Society for the past three years since she adopted her dog from the Humane Society. She regularly brings pets for adoption on WSJV-TV every Monday morning during the organization’s Adopt A Pet segment and discusses animal welfare issues as a spokesperson for the nonprofit. Krol owns her own business called Stephanie Krol Public Relations. She is also the president of the board of directors for the Public Relations Society of America-Chicago chapter. Krol resides in Bristol with her husband and two rescued pets Simon (dog) and Nigel (cat).

Newly elected board members include :

Michelle Bauman is an Assistant Vice President in Business Banking for KeyBank in Elkhart. Michelle has been a Key 4 Woman Champion for the past three years. She is newly involved with the Humane Society and is looking forward to helping with fund raising and board leadership. Bauman resides in Granger with her husband, son and her two dogs, Lindsey and Abbie.

Dr. Gene Grove is a Pain Management physician and owner with OSMC-Orthopedic Sports Medicine Center. He is also the Medical Director of the out-patient surgery center. Dr. Grove also serves in the U.S. Army Reserves. He resides in Bristol with his wife, daughter and Sasha (dog from the Humane Society.)

Jennifer King is a sales manager with ASA Electronics in Elkhart. Jennifer has been involved with the Humane Society of Elkhart County for four years. Additionally, she is involved with Lab Rescue. Jennifer also does the monthly Saturday Adopt A Pet on WNDU-TV often educating what families should consider before adopting a pet. Jennifer resides in White Pigeon, Michigan with her husband, daughter and two rescue dogs, Dirk, a Black Labrador, Needles, a Doberman Pinscher and her cat Leo. Needles and Leo are both HSEC alumni.

Jodie Russell is the Branch Manager for KeyBank in Bristol. Jodie resides in Granger with her husband, son and daughter, and dog (Chip). Jodie had previously served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for five years with the Women Build projects.

Marc Van Zandt has been an active volunteer with the Humane Society for the past few years. He was introduced to the Humane Society by his wife Kristin when she rescued their lab/beagle mix named Annie. Van Zandt is currently Plant Manager at Alro Steel in Niles and prior to that served in the Navy & Marine Corps. for 16 years while attaining the rank of Captain in the Marines. He is active in Sunday school and Youth activities at Trinity United Methodist Church. Van Zandt resides in Elkhart with his wife Kristin (the Humane Society’s pro bono photographer) and rescued and foster pets. Mack (dog), Heidi (dog), Annie (dog), Jack (cat), Wyatt (cat), Sophie (cat).

The Board of Directors is a group of volunteers that help oversee the corporate management and fund development efforts of the Humane Society of Elkhart County. The board establishes organizational standards and goals and ensures corresponding policies and procedures. “It’s an honor to lead the Humane Society of Elkhart County as it continues to play a critical role in our community and to ensure the nonprofit’s mission is carried out” said Stephanie Krol, Board of Directors president. “With such a talented group of professionals dedicated to the Humane Society, it will be an exciting year to watch our organization grow throughout the next year.”

The Humane Society of Elkhart County is continuing to grow its board of directors particularly those with government, legal, fundraising, human resources or marketing backgrounds. If interested, visit http://www.elkharthumanesociety.org to fill out the Volunteer Prospect form and mail to Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 County Rd. 19, Bristol, IN 46507. The Humane Society’s Board of Directors has also developed a Board Development Committee that will oversee board selection.


To our supporters all across the nation and the globe!

November 30, 2009

December 1, 2009

To our supporters all across the nation and the globe!

You just can’t imagine how your outpouring of calls, gifts and contributions have uplifted our spirits as well as provided valuable support to our work on behalf of animals.

Every day of the year, dedicated staff members are here at the shelter to carry out the numerous tasks related to animal care — cleaning cages, preparing food and water, vaccinating incoming animals, medicating those animals which need additional attention in accordance with a veterinarian’s instructions.  It’s a huge task, and we are fortunate to have caring individuals who are committed to doing their best for the animals.

We are blessed to have legitimate rescue groups supporting us in trying to find homes for our homeless critters, and we are blessed when we have families and individuals who are ready to make a lifetime commitment of a loving, forever home for these animals.

Yet, we are saddened that we have had to continue euthanizing animals.  We are saddened that the numbers are so staggering; we can’t get the animals out quick enough in order to save all of them.  This takes a daily toll on all of us.

 When MSNBC wanted to do a story to share the challenges we faced, we hoped that we could not only educate the public about our shelter but also to enlighten others regarding shelters within their own communities.  We felt privileged to be a part of this educational process, and we hope that everyone will have a greater understanding of the important and valuable work that shelters are expected to perform.

Thanks from everyone here at the Humane Society of Elkhart County for your words of encouragement, your sensitivity to the struggles we encounter and your affirmation.  We remain committed to do whatever we can to create an environment that will create a greater community of support for animal welfare.


Anne K. Reel,

Executive Director