Adoption event combats overcrowding in animal shelters


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – For every adoption dozens more animals continue to flood shelters across the WabashValley.

This weekend the Terre Haute, Sullivan, and Parke County humane societies joined efforts to combat overcrowding.

Tara Tompson is all smiles as she holds her new pup Edward, and it’s all because of the Pet Smart Adoption Event.

“I’ve been looking for a puppy for awhile, and I finally found one that I wanted,” says Tomson.

It’s an event in which the dogs and cats are the stars, and it only happens four times a year.

“It’s a way for all the shelters to come together, showcase their animals, and get quite a few adoptions,” says Mark Southwick, Board President of the Parke/Vermillion Co. Humane Society.

This weekend the community responded to local shelters pleaing for their four legged friends.

“Adopt don’t shop because these animals need just as much love as someone who is out breeding them, and breeding is getting out of hand,” says Jonnie Jordan, with the Sullivan Co. Humane Society.

Stray, abandoned, and owner surrendered animals continue to create overcrowding problems.

“It is a big issue, especially during the colder weather. More dogs are out running and animal control picks them up and brings them over. It is a constant battle that we always fight,” says Edward Stewart, with the Terre Haute Humane Society.

It’s a battle that creates challenges for both the volunteers and animals.

“We’re a non-profit, donations only, and when you’re an organization like that it puts a strain on us,” says Stewart.

“The more dogs and cats that we get in it’s hard for us to keep them as comfortable as possible in the shelter,” says Jordan.

Shelters are happy they can call this event a major success.

Over 100 dogs and cats were able to find a forever home. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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