Humans Of Terre Haute

A Pawsitive Addition

I moved to Illinois from the East Coast; I didn’t really have a reason and I still don’t know why but I met her, so that’s good.” The two smiled at each other as if they were on their first date. We’ve been married for 10 years and we got married on a Friday the 13th …on purpose of course; we like odd stuff like that. They both laugh as if their love of oddities is an inside joke. “She works as a make-up artist for a haunted house, she can do about anything freaky or scary; she loves it.” She laughs and nods, you can tell they are completely in love and feed off of each other’s accomplishments. I work as a video game designer and take care of the dog. Unfortunately, our last dog passed away in the fall and we weren’t sure if we’d ever be ready for a new one. We randomly found her on Craigslist last week and fell in love. The puppy sports a brand new harness and their cart is filled with treats, food, and toys. They hug her like a million dollar jewel. The smiles are their faces are those of brand new parents; proud and anxious. “She’s a border collie-rat terrier mix and probably should be a farm dog, but we think she’s perfect.” “She’s nothing like our last dog, and we need that.”

Pick this Booger!

Sporting two t-shirts and a “Menards” baseball cap, John spends his days at work seeing dogs come in to the shelter in some of the worse conditions; broken bones, scratches, abused and abandoned.

John works at the Terre Haute Humane Society and has always loved animals. He had a chocolate lab named Charlie Brown that lived until he was 18 years old. Though John has always had a soft spot for pets, he hasn’t always worked with animals. Before moving to Indiana and working at the shelter, John did HVAC work for in Virginia for over 20 years. When he moved to Indiana, he put applications in everywhere, but didn’t have much luck. “I wanted to continue working in HVAC work, but they couldn’t afford me, so I thought ‘what the heck’ and gave the Humane Shelter a try.” When John first started at the Terre Haute Humane Shelter, he was responsible for repairs and typical maintenance work. After a week, someone responsible for the puppy room quit and John moved to take the position. Shortly after, he moved to receiving, where he now has full control. “The hardest part of the job is seeing the shape they come in and the abuse they endured. My job is to gain their trust again; all they want is love. You give them love; they will give 100% back.”


Booger is a pit bull who was brought the Terre Haute Humane Shelter in early April. The City found him lying in the middle of the street in the avenues, exhausted and malnourished. Booger’s skin is in horrible condition and his ears are completely gone, but that does not break Booger’s spirit. “He’s a big baby; doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.” Booger’s ears were likely docked by the owner or chewed off during a dog fight. What’s left of Booger’s ears are scabs and scars. Once Booger’s skin is healed and he receives a clean bill of health from a veterinarian, he will be up for adoption.

Dolly the one-eyed Wonder Dog

Andrea: Geriatric and sick animals are the least adopted animals in the nation. In fact, many are not even given a second chance once they come into a shelter or animal facility. But Andrea Harmon is changing that; one old soul at a time.

Andrea began working at the Terre Haute Humane Society in 1998. While there, a twelve year old cocker spaniel came in from animal control. She was completely deaf and nearly blind and to top it all off; diabetic. No one wanted to adopt her or care for her extensive medical needs, so Andrea took her home. “That’s when I knew I wanted to help special needs and senior pets” Though the cocker spaniel only lived 8 months after Andrea took her home, it changed Andrea’s life forever. Caring for a senior or special needs animal can be very taxing;emotionally and financially. Geriatric pets require supplements, special food, pain medications, and frequent veterinary visits. Special needs pets can require special medication, laser treatment, special beds or food, and even surgery or hospital stays. After moving to a job where should could afford the heavy financial burden of special needs pets, Andrea opened her own sanctuary, “Joey’s Home Senior Rescue”. Andrea has an assortment of animals including dogs, cats, cockatiels, chickens, rabbits, ducks and even two quails. “Most of the animals I get come from Animal Control or an owner surrender. It is so rewarding to find adopters that are willing to care for these special needs pets and people who see the lasting youth in them like I do.”

DOLLY: Dolly was found by Indianapolis Animal Control about a year ago as a stray. Dolly was wandering the busy streets of Indianapolis lost and scared when they found her. At only 7 years old, Dolly had severe allergies that caused her skin to crack and peel and juvenile cataracts that blurred her vision. Because of her condition, Animal Control could not adopt her out and would possibly have to euthanize her;but Andrea saw much more in her than an old warn out dog. Over the past year, one of Dolly’s cataracts had dislodged, causing severe interoccular pressure. The only option was to remove the eye. “She was partially blind anyway, so she’ll do just fine’ she loves chasing chickens at home, even though it’s just really a prolonged walk following them”.

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