We have been responsibly and compassionately protecting, advocating and educating for animal welfare since 1956.
We have been responsibly and compassionately protecting, advocating and educating for animal welfare since 1956. MCHA is dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals, strengthening the human-animal bond, and providing access to humane education across our community.
To accomplish our mission, we:
Implement a thorough humane education platform that reaches youth and adults across the community;
Offer direct low-cost veterinary services to help animals and animal owners;
Offer veterinary assistance funding for both the prevention of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens and in extreme injury circumstances;
Coordinate a team of dog-handler volunteer therapy teams into the community to share the benefits of the human-animal bond;
Coordinate resources, and trap-neuter-return assistance for caretakers of feral or outdoor cats
Offer a free pet food and supply pantry for low-income Monroe County residents
MCHA is an independent 501c(3) nonprofit organization that receives no government funding or regular funding from national organizations.
MCHA established and ran what is now the City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control from the 1950’s - 2000’s, along with hiring the first animal control officers and obtaining a humane shelter certification. The two organizations, while separate entities, have shared space, staff, programs, and visions of a humane community since the late 1950’s. While the City of Bloomington Animal Care & Control (BACC) is fully funded by tax dollars, there are many things needed to strategically address a wide variety of animal related issues in our community, in addition to sheltering homeless animals.
Since the inception of the animal shelter in 1951, MCHA owned the facility, managed expansion projects, and kennel improvements. The City of Bloomington owned the property that the facility was on. In 2002, MCHA gifted the entire facility to the City of Bloomington to support the renovation project that would add what is now the adoption center on the 3410 S. Walnut Street. Per the agreement, MCHA was offered a forty-year, pre-paid lease option on 675 square feet that included three 100 square foot office spaces, one storage closet, one 150 square foot program space, and one MCHA-owned storage shed on the property. Beginning in 2002, MCHA and BACC no longer shared staff or programming. BACC solely oversaw the care and housing of both stray and adoptable animals while MCHA continued to facilitate humane education, therapy animals, and outreach efforts.
Today, MCHA provides services and programs working in concert with the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter, local veterinary clinics, national advocacy organizations and other partners to identify, build resources and create solutions for animal welfare issues.
MCHA operates on just three full-time staff personnel dedicated to the administration, operations, programming, and fundraising initiatives. MCHA utilizes 3-5 part-time and PRN employees to support programming and direct services in the clinic.
Want to learn more?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812.333.MCHA (6242).
“Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.”
― Milan Kundera