Help the Animals, Inc.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill animal shelter dedicated to providing a safe haven for homeless pets until they can be placed in responsible, loving homes.

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HELP the Animals Recieves Wayne County, Indiana, Foundation, Inc. Grant to support the window replacement project.

June 1, 2015

We are thrilled to be granted $8,000.00 in support of replacing the outdated and very old windows for the dog housing section of the shelter. The grant was made possible through the Wayne County, Indiana, Foundation, Inc. by the Charles and Maxine Matthews Environmental and Animal Welfare Fund and the Miriam D. and J.Rollf Wadman memorial Fund No. 1.

The current windows do not open, are covered in plastic as insulation and the framing is weather worn and disintigrating. This grant will allow us to install new modern windows that will provide fresh air circulation and sunshine to the back dog kennel area. We are so excited and humbled to be recieving this generous grant.

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Kroger Community Rewards

April 2015

We have some wonderful news, HELP the Animals and Kroger are now connected for Kroger's Community Rewards. If you are unaware of how that works, let ua explain...

You can tie your present Kroger Rewards card to HELP the Animals, each time you shop and swipe your Kroger card Kroger gives HELP the Animals 1% to 4% of your shopping cost. Each quarter we receive a check.

We signed up about 1 month ago and already we have made $76.05 for the quarter.

Please if you shop at Kroger be sure and get a rewards card, it saves you money. THEN go to, or call 1-800-576-4377 and connect your card to HELP the Animals, then the only other thing to do is shop, shop, shop and as you do you help homeless animals. It helps when you call if you have our number, 59663. Thank you for doing this and helping our shelter.

We have been invited to attend this year's Wayne County Alternative Gift Fair

September 16th 2014

wayne county alternative gift fair

HELP the Animals, Inc. is thrilled to be a part of this amazing event in which participants and sponsors of the Wayne County Alternative Gift Fair have contributed well over $200,000 to area organizations over the past 9 years!

The Holidays are just around the corner, let your family know that you don’t need another tie… you want a meaningful donation to be made to your favorite cause in your honor! We will be there Saturday, December 6th, 12pm -3pm at Morrisson-Reeves Library, Richmond, IN 47374, offering multiple gift choices that will provide food shelter and medical services to all of the animals in our care until they can find their forever homes. Gifts come complete with certificate of donation, information about HELP the Animals Inc., reusable box, ribbon andis tax deductible.

Help the Animals Inc. is now a registered non-profit with the fundraising arm of, AmazonSmile.

August 16th 2014

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This partnership means 0.5% of eligible purchases will be donated to the HELP Shelter from Amazon, if shoppers choose "Help the Animals Inc in Richmond, IN" as their designated charity. Go to, sign in with your Amazon ID, and where it says "Or pick your own charitable organization" input HELP the Animals Inc. and be sure to choose in "Richmond, IN". Whenever you shop at Amazon, shop through the AmazonSmile platform, and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be automatically donated to HELP the Animals, Inc.! Easy!

Don’t forget, you must shop through the AmazonSmile webpage for the donation to be tracked. That site looks and works exactly the same as the usual site you are probably used to, but your purchases are tracked for Amazon to note the amounts they will donate on the AmazonSmile site.

Now, go shop!

Chipotle Richmond Rocks!

May 14th 2014

We would like to thank all the gang at Chipotle's for their great food and service last night. We would really like to thank them for making our fundraiser a big success. Thanks to all that came out we made $984.00 for our furry friends. Special thanks to Whitney for making this happen. View Picture Album back to top

Less than a year to find a home!

May 10th 2014

We have GOOD NEWS that we just had to share with everyone...

Yesterday (May 10th), Brinkley went into foster-to-adopt (adoption pending), but that's not all... When she left the building, it meant that for the first time since HELP's inception, 25 years ago... No Dog currently in the shelter has been here for over a year!!!

This is HUGE. It has been a struggle and large commitment of HELP to get animals into loving homes as quickly as possible. With Staff, Board, volunteer & the entire community's support, we have accomplished something that only top facilities acquire across the nation!

Your shares and spreading the word about homeless animals in need, means shelter dogs spend less time in the shelter. Better technology, operation facilitation and marketing have played a major role, but in the end... The time the volunteer and staff has spent training with the dogs, taking better photos and working to match the right family to each and every dog plus the communities help has made the difference and created a major milestone that we can all celebrate! In fact we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary next week.

We know this may be temporary, as some of our adoption pending's might not work out and Bella's stay will reach 11 months next week, but our goal is to have them stay only a few months and we are achieving it, yes we are! Not bad for a rural shelter ey? We think this calls for a happy dance!
UPDATE: Bella has been adopted :)back to top

Thank You Wayne County Foundation!

March 3rd 2014

25 years ago, HELP the Animals purchased dog kennels. Since that time, those kennels have temporarily housed thousands of dogs. Some who had been abused, neglected or abandoned. In the last 5 years, we have struggled to keep these kennels in usable condition; patching holes, trying to re-fence the rusted gates the best that we can, being inventive when it comes to trying to fix broken pieces... but, we have finally lost the battle.

We are now in the middle of raising the money to replace the lifted kennels entirely and renovate & purchase all new stainless steel gates for the existing concrete kennels, eco friendly drain correction, painting and sealing, noise barrier and more. Our goal for the proposed renovation is $27,000.

HELP the Animals is happy to announce that we recieved the Improving Quality of Life grant from Wayne County Foundation. This grant for $5,757 to assist with the renovation of the large dog kennels at the shelter will greatly improve the quality of life for the animals while they are in our temporary care. We would like to thank them, for getting us so much closer to our goal.

The grant was made possible by the Charles and Maxine Matthews Environments and Animal Welfare Fund and the Miriam D. and J. Rolf Wadman Memorial Fund No. 1.

You can find out more about the kennel renovations here or talk to one of HELP the Animals’ Board members. back to top