Build South Bend Animal Care and Control's New Shelter
  • Petitioned Tom LaFountain

This petition was delivered to:

Tom LaFountain
David Varner
Oliver Davis
Tim Rouse
Buddy Kirsits
Karen White
Catherine Toppel
Mayor Steve Luecke
Ann Puzzello
Henry Davis

Build South Bend Animal Care and Control's New Shelter

    1. Petition by

      Devon Smith

      South Bend, IN

August 2011


When plans for a new animal shelter in South Bend, Ind., were stalled by a proposal to merge the city's animal care and control with the St. Joseph Humane Society instead, local activists mobilized to stand up for animal welfare in their community.

Rescue groups collaborated with one another to lead the charge. They crunched numbers and showed that contracting with the humane society would cost taxpayers more money in the long run. They met one-on-one with city council members and made respectful and polite calls. They started a petition on and got local press coverage on the issue.

Before the vote, 472 animal lovers had signed the petition supporting a new shelter. On Monday night, the council voted 7 to 1 in favor of a resolution to approve the additional funds to build a new facility for South Bend Animal Care and Control, followed by approval from the Redevelopment Commission for the funding. South Bend activists and their hundreds of supporters are celebrating the city's investment in caring for its animals.

  On May 25th, 7 South Bend Common Council members requested that the redevelopment commission investigate joining South Bend Animal Care and Control with the Humane Society of St. Joseph County. They are trying to avoid allocating an additional $300,000 for building a new and long overdue shelter for South Bend Animal Care and Control. Joining forces with the Humane Society would result in even fewer resources dedicated to animal welfare in our community - a community that is already far behind the curve in responding to animal welfare in compassionate and humane ways. Ask your Common Council members to support a compassionate program for our city's animals, and to support the building of the new shelter.   

Recent signatures


    1. Victory! South Bend Gets Funding for New Animal Shelter

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      South Bend humanitarians descended on the city council in droves on Monday night to listen to the debate concerning funding for a new animal shelter in the city. Many carried homemade signs stating, "No Merge" or "Listen to the People."

    2. Resolution Supporting New Shelter to be Presented to Council Tonight

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday, 8/8 at 6:45 pm, supporters of the construction of the new SBACC animal shelter will be gathering in the lobby of the County City Building. There will be a resolution supporting the construction of the new shelter presented to the Council.

    3. South Bend Activists Advance Proposal to Save Animals and Their City

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      There's no shortage of reasons for communities to support animal welfare programs: saving lives tends to save tax dollars and enhance public safety by getting animals spayed and neutered and off the streets. But what if there was a way to help the...

    4. Council Meeting Tonight to Decide on New Shelter!

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday, 7/25 at 7:45 pm, those of us wishing to speak in favor of the
      construction of the new SBACC animal shelter will be gathering in the lobby
      of the County City Building. According to the agenda, the resolution will not be addressed until 8pm.

    5. Council to meet on July 25

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The council is expected to take up this proposal at its July 25th meeting. If you're in the South Bend area, please attend!

    6. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Larysa Holowatyj PINELLAS PARK, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      Good Luck! Pets everywhere thank you....

    • Joan Storey SOUTH BEND, IN
      • about 3 years ago

      I'll support this and donate if the '48 kill'

      policy gets changed.

    • june bullied TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      poor animals. whenever a budget cut is called for it's always the animals that suffer. animals need housing facilities where they are protected and cared for until they get their forever loving home. anything less is cruel and inhumane.

    • Michele Barrett-Heaton SOUTH BEND, IN
      • about 3 years ago

      Please come support us at the council meeting on August 22, 2011 at 7pm at the County City Bldg. They need to know that South Bend needs and deserves a new Animal Control Facility. Sending all of South Bend's animals to the county's over-crowded Humane Society will only make the existing problems worse. This would double the amount of animals that are put down every year and would not address the issues that bring these animals to the pound in the first place. Changes must be made, the pet population must be brought under control, people must be educated! We are just asking people to show up, no need to speak, your presence is worth 1000 words. Thank you for your support!!

    • Karen Brochhausen SOUTH BEND, IN
      • about 3 years ago

      We NEED 2 shelter for the South Bend area... Thinking one shelter is enough is crazy, thats like thinking one hospital in the area is enough..Give these innocent animals a chance for a loving home...I always say, "if i win the lotto, thats what i would build here in south bend". Another shelter...


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