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Johnson County Animal Control and Humane Society of Johnson County
Franklin, Indiana

Johnson County Animal Control is a government-run shelter that serves about 143,000 people, and in 2013, impounded 798 cats. The county revised an ordinance in 2013 to support TNR. The shelter has already instituted lifesaving policies for cats, and looks forward to seeing the positive results of the Future Five initiative both immediately and years from now.

The Humane Society of Johnson County is a nonprofit organization that partners with the Johnson County Animal Shelter to educate the community about TNR. The organization uses a foster-based system instead of a shelter and facilitates access to low-cost spay/neuter, emergency veterinary assistance, pet food for low-income families, and education programs.

Milestone: 2014 Year End Report

Alley Cat Allies Brings Nationally Recognized Animal Services Expert to Johnson County Animal Control

Feb. 26, 2015–Alley Cat Allies sponsored a visit by nationally recognized animal services expert Mitch Schneider of Humane Network to our Future Five Shelter Partner Johnson County Animal Control on February 24–25, 2015.

“We are delighted to have Mitch Schneider here working with our staff!” said Michael Delp, Director of Johnson County Animal Control. “We are proud of our live release rate for cats and dogs and are constantly striving to learn and do even better for the animals and citizens of our community. Mitch brings experience and expertise that can help us in our efforts to continually improve our lifesaving work.”

Read more.

Johnson County’s Year-End Report Shows TNR Works

Jan. 7, 2015–As a Future Five shelter, Johnson County Animal Shelter made a commitment to saving cats’ lives—as well as a commitment to accountability. Accurate shelter statistics—such as intake, adoptions, and euthanasia rates—are often unreported or simply ignored in shelters across the country. Alley Cat Allies has helped Johnson County become a model shelter by encouraging them to keep accurate records and report them honestly to the public. Johnson County has reported their year-end shelter statistics and the numbers are inspiring! In 2014, Johnson County recorded a 100% save rate for healthy cats, with only 102 cats euthanized because of serious injury or illness. Not a single cat was euthanized due to space for eight months in a row. Johnson County Animal Shelter’s saved a total of 454 cats through their TNR program—cats who would otherwise have been killed in a shelter that did not do TNR. “The TNR program is having a major impact!” said shelter Director Michael Delp in his report. As a Future Five partner, Johnson County Animal Shelter has taken incredible steps to save cats’ lives and end the cycle of killing in shelters. Congratulations, Johnson County!

Lifesaving Strides for Johnson County

Sept. 24, 2014–Johnson County has reported some amazing lifesaving news! The shelter is now saving more lives than ever before. So far in 2014, the shelter has only euthanized 64 cats – all of whom were sick or injured. That’s compared to 2012, when it reportedly killed 464 cats, and in 2013, when it killed 332 cats. This is an incredible improvement! These strides are all thanks to great, lifesaving work that the Johnson County Animal Control and the Humane Society of Johnson County are doing.

Read more about the shelter’s successes at The Indystar.

Alley Cat Allies Makes an Onsite Visit

September 2014–Alley Cat Allies Program Manager Cynthia von Schlicten and Diane Blankenburg from Humane Network made a trip this month to Johnson County. While there, they met with Michael Delp, the head of Johnson County Animal Services, to discuss how they can continue improving operations, including how to improve marketing for the shelter. Cynthia and Diane also gave a presentation at a community meeting to help grow awareness of community cats. And the ladies had the opportunity to tour the Humane Society of Johnson County and see in person how far the shelter has come in its lifesaving efforts. We’re so proud of all the strides being made in Johnson County!

Humane Society Offers Low-Cost Spay/Neuter for Community Cats

July 15, 2014–The Humane Society of Johnson County is offering $20 spay/neuter surgeries for community cats throughout the month of July. Increasing Johnson County residents’ access to affordable spay/neuter surgery is a key element of improving the community for cats.

Johnson County Maintains Impressive Save Rate

June 30, 2014–After killing zero cats in the month of May, Johnson County Animal Control continues making progress. In June, the shelter again celebrated a 100% live-release rate for healthy cats! This success shows that Johnson County’s hard work and new policies have paid off in a sustainable lifesaving program.

Johnson County Reaches Milestone

May 31, 2014–Johnson County Animal Control has hit an incredible milestone. The shelter did not kill a single cat in the month of May! Alley Cat Allies collaborated with Johnson County Animal Control, the Humane Society of Johnson County, and the community to bring about change that will last. We all worked together to transform our values into reality!

New Brochure for Humane Society of Johnson County

April 2014–Alley Cat Allies designed a brand new brochure for The Humane Society of Johnson County’s Community Cats program. The brochure is a great tool to teach community members about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and outdoor cats. It covers a wealth of important facts like what a community cat is, why TNR is important, and what to do if you see cats outside. Now cat advocates in Johnson County have another resource they need to spread the word about TNR.

Alley Cat Allies Staff Visits Johnson County for Workshop Series

March 25, 2014–Alley Cat Allies staff recently visited Johnson County to present a series of workshops and catch up with our Future Five partners, the Humane Society of Johnson County and Johnson County Animal Control.

On March 11, we presented a public Trap-Neuter-Return workshop and had some great discussion afterward with the attendees. Then on March 12, we visited with the Humane Society of Johnson County and discussed putting policies in place they can follow that will protect the lives of cats, using examples from other shelters that have successful TNR programs. That night, our “Train the Trainer” workshop drew an audience representing 5 surrounding counties—great news for the future of TNR workshops in Indiana! Finally, on March 13, we hosted a shelter staff workshop and gave local animal control officers, dispatchers, and other shelter staff the tools they need to understand and implement TNR. One animal control officer said after the workshop, “Honestly, before I was against it, but now I’m for it.” That’s proof positive that spreading awareness can create change in your community!

Alley Cat Allies to Host Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Workshop in Partnership with Johnson County Animal Control

March 6, 2014–Alley Cat Allies will host a Trap-Neuter-Return workshop at the Johnson County Courthouse Annex. Our Special Programs Manager, Amanda Novotny, will lead the workshop and demonstrate the basics of this humane and effective program for managing feral cat populations. A meet-and-greet will follow the workshop.

Attend the workshops and/or receptions:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Workshop: 6:00–7:30pm, Meet-and-greet: 7:30–8:00pm

Twelve New Traps for The Humane Society of Johnson County

February 2014–Thanks to the award money from Alley Cat Allies’ Future Five program, Johnson County was able to purchase 12 new traps! Extra traps means that shelters can set up a Trap Depot, loaning out traps to community members conducting TNR. However, it is always essential to make sure the traps are being lent to people who want to do TNR and are acting in the best interest for cats. Having the resources available to help improve cats’ lives through TNR is essential, and we’re so happy Johnson County now has more of the tools they need to make a difference.

Video Blog:
An Update from Shelter Director Michael Delp

January 31, 2014–Michael Delp, director of Johnson County Animal Control, provides an update on what the shelter is doing to save cats, introduces us to the shelter staff, and how they keep their cages empty!

Johnson County Animal Control and Humane Society of Johnson County Chosen for Future Five Program

January 21, 2014—The Johnson County Animal Control in Franklin, Ind., in partnership with the Humane Society of Johnson County, has been chosen for Alley Cat Allies’ Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives program.

Johnson County recently revised a county ordinance to support TNR practices, protecting community cats and the residents who care for them. The Johnson County Animal Control and the Humane Society of Johnson County will work together to educate the community about their TNR program, including how to humanely trap community cats, spay/neuter and vaccination resources, and good colony care techniques.

Read the press release.

Read the Daily Journal’s story on Johnson County’s participation in the Future Five program.