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Field Trip: Sure, No Problem

An Indiana shelter is always eager to help when pets—and those who protect them—need a hand

The supportive board that regulates the municipal New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter in southern Indiana has an ongoing worry.

It’s not about the shelter’s budget, the standards of care, or its relationship with the community. Those things are all fine, as far as the board’s concerned. Rather, its five members fret that the shelter’s taking on too much.

“They say, ‘Are you sure you can handle this? We don’t want you to burn out,’” says David Hall, director. It’s easy to understand why the New Albany/Floyd County Animal Control Authority thinks Hall’s shelter has a lot on its plate. It does—and that’s the way Hall, and animal care coordinator Theresa Stilger, like it.

“I’m just a move-on-to-something-new kind of gal,” Stilger says, laughing. “It’s where we are and what we do. … The support of our community and our board makes a difference, in that they allow us to blossom and grow.”

Whenever an animal welfare organization—whether it’s a small, in-state dog rescue, another shelter, or The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)—contacts Hall and his staff, they’re game to help—whether it’s testifying on pending legislation, taking in puppy mill or fighting dogs after a raid, or even crossing state lines to assist during disasters.

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