Lend a paw: Local animal rescue groups seek springtime donations, volunteers


Lucinda is a little shy at first and needs time to warm up to new people, but once she does she is very sweet and likes to cuddle. Lucinda is a 3-year-old dilute calico available for adoption through the Hancock County Humane Society.

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GREENFIELD – Local animal rescue groups say spring is their busiest season, so now’s the time to lend a helping hand to those who care for the paws in the community.

While officials at Greenfield-Hancock Animal Management, PAWS Inc. and Hancock County Humane Society are plenty busy year-round, there’s inevitably an influx of animals that need to find their forever homes in the spring due to new litters of puppies and kittens.

Here’s a look at each organization and how to help:

-P.A.W.S. Hancock, or Partners for Animal Welfare Society, places animal rescues in foster homes and PetSmart Adoption Center in Greenfield. Volunteers are needed for cat and dog foster families.

Among items the organization could use: litter, kitten food (wet and dry) from Iams and Purina One, dog and puppy food from Purina Pro and science diet (large and small breeds). A pet scale to weigh puppies and dogs would be helpful, said Mike McGuire, member of the board.

P.A.W.S. is always in need of monetary donations large and small for animal programs. The organization, currently located with a store at 1124 W. Main St., is also looking for its “furever” home and donations would help with that. Another big-ticket item would be a cargo van for the organization to transport animals to spay and neuter clinics and their veterinary appointments.

To learn more or donate, visit pawshancock.org, email [email protected], call 317-318-9483 or visit facebook.com/pawshancock.

-The Hancock County Humane Society has plenty of cats available for adoption, and always brace for an influx in the spring, said vice president Heather White.

Money, food and supplies are always needed at the facility at 214 E. Main St., Greenfield. The shelter houses 45-55 cats at a time, and the group finds homes for more than 200 animals a year.

Information on donating can be found at hancockcountyhumanesociety.org. The site also includes information on how to donate through Paypal, Amazon, Chewy and more. People may bring donations to the shelter from 5;30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturdays.

Several volunteer opportunities are also on the website. Opportunities are for adults, small family groups, teens and more. For questions, email [email protected].

-Greenfield-Hancock Animal Management, the community’s tax-funded center for animals, also accepts community support through donations.

Christy Bandy, shelter manager, said spring and summer are always the busiest seasons due to animals being more active outside and with spring litters.

Donated items that are always useful include: Iams Science Diet kitten canned food, canned dog food, bleach, Odoban cleaner, one-gallon tank sprayers, Dawn dish soap and hose sprayer nozzles. Monetary donations are also helpful.

The shelter is located at 740 S. Franklin St., Greenfield. For more, call 317-325-1439. The facility is open 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for adoptions. Visit petfinder.com for more or facebook.com/GreenfieldHAM.