In 2015, the Bloomington City Council approved the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to support the renovation of the Animal Control facility at 3410 South Walnut Street. The project includes new construction that will replace the current stray animal housing to improve animal housing, renovating the current community room into a volunteer space for BACC volunteers, and renovating the current stray animal holding into animal care spaces and a community room. The MCHA suite will be renovated and include updated flooring throughout and revise the layout to have a door on the West side of the facility, and expand the program room by an additional fifty square feet.
The renovations on the MCHA suite will begin in January 2018. Staff will relocate to one, temporary office in the Adoption Center at BACC and will split time being on-site. Staff hours and availability will vary throughout the renovation construction. Renovation construction at the MCHA South offices will have no affect on the hours or services at the MCHA North office.
The new construction and renovation projects are city managed initiatives. MCHA has no financial bearing or ownership in either initiative. Questions regarding the construction process should be directed to the City of Bloomington Department of Public Works.
About the Monroe County Humane Association
The Monroe County Humane Association is an independent 501c(3) nonprofit organization. MCHA is a direct service provider for accessible veterinary services, animal care resources, humane education, and a leading animal welfare advocate for our community. MCHA participates in hands on rescue work with local and regional law enforcement and animal care agencies. MCHA is not an animal shelter, does not receive government funding, and is not associated with national animal welfare organizations.
To accomplish our mission, we provide:
Direct veterinary services to help animals and animal owners;
A thorough humane education platform that reaches youth and adults across the community;
Aid in funding for extreme injury/illness veterinary care and the prevention of accidental litters of puppies and kittens;
Volunteer animal therapy teams sharing the benefits of the human-animal bond;
Resources and trap-neuter-return assistance for caretakers of feral or outdoor cats;
A pet food and supply pantry with free or very low-cost pet food, treats, supplies, and care items.
In 1951, MCHA established the first shelter and ran what has become the City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control (BACC). Early initiatives for MCHA were to hire the first animal control officers, obtain a humane shelter certification, expand rabies vaccination opportunities, and share humane education in the community. The two organizations, MCHA and BACC, while always separate entities, have shared space, staff, programs, and visions of a humane community since the late 1950’s. While 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.
Beginning in 1951, MCHA built and owned the original facility and managed all expansion projects and kennel improvements. 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 3410 S. Walnut Street. The agreement included a forty-year, pre-paid lease of 675 square feet within the facility. While MCHA and BACC have a collaborative working relationship, the two organizations no longer share staff or programming. BACC oversees the care and housing of both stray and adoptable animals and ordinance enforcement while MCHA continues to facilitate accessable veterinary care, humane education, therapy animals, and outreach services.