Animal shelter overcrowding now a common story


VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Animal shelter overcrowding has become a common story in the Wabash Valley.

The Parke Vermillion County Humane Society has exceeded its maximum on the amount of animals that it can take in. While they’ve reached their numbers maximum, they’re also low on supplies.

“Basically what we’re needing is resources,” said Parke Vermillion County Humane Society director Dareth Stonebraker.

Stonebraker said that their budget is strained and they’re in need of foster homes, forever homes and monetary donations.

This time of year is typically when animal shelters see higher number, but the Parke Vermillion shelter has seen an increase in animals due to animal neglect cases.

Something that the shelter directors say isn’t acceptable.

“Every animal deserves to be treated with respect and treated with kindness and that’s our job as people to take care of them,” said Parke Vermillion County Humane Society director’s assistant Janine Ostrum.

The shelter will be holding a golf outing to raise money for resources. The event takes place on Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Matthews Park Golf Course. The cost is $50 per player. 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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