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.


Over the past few years, HELP the Animals has expanded our fund-raising, programs and outreach to new areas of animals in need. The following are just a few examples.

Vaccination Clinics

vaccination clinic

We hold vaccination clinics providing vaccinations for dogs and cats at a reduced rate. See our Events page for future clinics in the Wayne County Area.

Spay/Neuter $20 Voucher

If you are currently receiving one of the following needs-based public assistance programs in Indiana, you are eligigable for a 20 dollar voucher through SNAP at Animal Care Alliance or Greensfork Animal Hospital (this is not affiliated with HELP the Animals):

  • Energy Assistance Program
  • Food Stamps
  • Major VA Disability
  • Medicaid (not Medicare)
  • Public School Free Lunch Program
  • Section 8 Housing
  • Social Security Disability (SSD) - (not S-S-Retirement Income)
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Open Paw Program

HELP has just become an Open Paw shelter as of October 2012. The Open Paw program allows us to utilize volunteers to address our dogs’ emotional and physical well-being. Visiting an Open Paw shelter is a lot different than visiting a regular shelter and we hope you notice the difference when you visit HELP. The goal of HELP’s Open Paw program is to decrease stress and increase the adoptability of our dogs so that they get a home more quickly and stay in the home once there.

The Open Paw program requires that we do things differently here; dogs are fed differently and volunteers interact with them differently to maximize the value of their time spent with the dogs.

Winter Housing

HELP the Animals provides housing and straw in the winter to homes who care for outdoor and/or free-roaming pets and feral cat colonies. All animals deserve a warm, secure place to sleep! If you are a business wishing to donate housing, kennel panels or straw, please contact the shelter directly.

Recycling Program

recycle program

HELP the Animals utilizes aluminum can recycling as a way to generate income for the shelter. This is the perfect way to donate to the shelter without using money. If your business is not currently recycling aluminum cans, we could surely use them. Please stop by and toss a closed bag into our aluminum can recycle bin on the left side of our building... the animals at HELP say "Thank You"!

We accept soda/beer cans in closed bags and cleaned cat food cans/tin foil that are in a separate closed bag.

Bonner Work-Study

HELP hires Bonner students as supplemental office & kennel staff. This type of work might include tasks such as:

  • keeping up with simple filing
  • handling phone calls
  • greeting the public
  • cleaning kennels and cages as needed
  • handling dogs and cats
  • doing laundry

Students wishing to apply should be flexible, personable, detail-oriented, and diplomatic. Anyone who is not prepared to get dirty should not apply.

Hours are 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and possibly other hours based on need of shelter staff. Bonners wanting to apply should visit the shelter during open hours and ask for Jayne.