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Brown County Humane plans new $3.2 million shelter

A rendering of the new building in Nashville, Indiana.

The Brown County Humane Society of Indiana has announced plans to build a new, $3.2 million animal shelter, to be built next to the existing shelter on State Road 135 South in Nashville. The new space will allow for improved visitor and adoption experiences, accommodate more volunteers, including programs for children and groups, and will include a large multipurpose room that can be used for both internal meetings as well as a public education space.

Operating for more than 30 years out of a 4,000-square-foot building, the Brown County Humane Society has a 98% save rate — one of the highest in the nation. However, the small, aging building no longer meets the needs of the organization or the community and is constantly in need of costly repairs.

Of the $3.2 million needed to fund the project, $2.6 million has already been pledged from individual donations, grants, and businesses. At this time, dollar for dollar matching funds are still available for individual donations thanks to a grant from the Werling Charitable Foundation. Now the Humane Society is reaching out to the public to help raise the remaining funds for the project. People are invited to learn more about the project by visiting the capital campaign website at where they can see the floor plan, watch a campaign video, and donate to support the new shelter.

The Brown County Humane Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving Brown County Indiana’s homeless dogs and cats. For more information about the Brown County Humane Society, visit


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