The Porter County
Animal Shelter reports that adoptions are up in the first half of 2018 and
it has maintained no kill status.
Of 440 outcomes as
of June 30, 52 percent were adoptions, 28 percent were returned to owners,
and 13 percent were transfers to rescue groups. When compared to the first
six months of last year, adoptions were up by 57 percent and return to
owners were up by 19 percent.
From January 1
through June 30, the shelter had 438 animal intakes compared to 355 during
the first six months of 2017. Of the total, 64 percent were strays, 14
percent were owner surrenders, 7 percent were adoption returns and 8 percent
were seized through law enforcement actions.
“This is the first
reporting period that reflects the impact of the addition of animals from
Portage,” said Shelter Director Toni Bianchi. “It’s not just animals brought
to us by Portage Animal Control, but also public drop-off of strays and
owner surrenders from Portage citizens.”
“It is clear that
our new shelter facility is yielding very positive results,” said Bianchi.
“Not only can we take in more animals, we now have a shelter that is
designed to be less stressful on the animals and provides the functionality
we need to better train and socialize them. And that results in more
Of the outcomes,
3.18 percent (15) were the result of euthanization, two for aggressive
behaviors and 12 for medical reasons. It is an improvement over the 4.23
percent rate from the first half of 2017. The standard for achieving no kill
status is that the shelter maintains a euthanization rate below 10 percent.
The Porter County
Animal Shelter continues to be one of the only shelters in northwest Indiana
that is transparent by publishing their income and outcome data every six
months. Intake and outcome reports dating back to 2015 are available on the
Shelter’s website at