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Project Goes Public

On June 1, the Brown County Humane Society announced the public phase of the capital campaign fundraising effort to build the new shelter building. 

Of the $3,200,000 fundraising goal, $2,667,948 has currently been pledged. That leaves $532,042 still to be raised. Over $400,000 in matching funds are still available for individual donations from the Werling Charitable Foundation.

News of the building project was featured in the Brown County Democrat and on Fox59.

Project Update

As the capital campaign gets ready to roll out to the public on June 1, the project team held a conference call with major donors to provide details about the current state of the project.


The Geotechnical and Property surveys have been completed and the Septic documents have been submitted to the state of Indiana.

The Architectural and Engineering Services documents have been signed and submitted to the architect. 

These services include:

  • Schematic Design (building code research; revised drawings if needed; 3-dimensional model of the building; working with the civil engineer)
  • Design Development (more detailed drawings including finishes; details of mechanical, plumbing and electric systems; site plan elevations and grading)
  • Construction Document Phase (prepare documents for bid; review and receipt of approval from Brown County building official for permitting)

Once that is complete, we will move into the Construction Bidding phase and then into Construction.

Two Grants From REMC

South Central Indiana REMC awarded two separate $2,000 grants for the Capital Campaign project. One grant is to help with architect fees and the other will help with the geotechnical survey that was completed on the soil.

Smithville Charitable Foundation Grant

The Smithville Charitable Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Brown County Humane Society capital campaign to match donations from businesses in Brown County and surrounding areas. 

As of this date, funds are still available to match donations. If you would like to make a business donation, contact Megan Gushwa at 317-946-8235 or email

$1 Million Matching Grant

The Werling Charitable Foundation is providing a $1 million matching grant for individual donations to the capital campaign.

As of November 16, there are still $729,000 left for matching.

Geotechnical Evaluation Complete

The preliminary geotechnical evaluation for the new shelter property has been completed. The survey was conducted by Terracon Consultants, Inc./Earth Exploration, Inc. from Indianapolis.

The geotechnical survey tells us about the soil at the building site so that the proper fill will be used and the structure will be properly supported.

Additionally, documents have been submitted to the state for septic requirements and we are awaiting a land survey.

Architect Chosen for New Shelter

The Brown County Humane Society has selected the architecture firm of Shelter Planners of America for the design and build of the new animal shelter building. They have over 30 years of shelter planning experience and have worked with more than 750 shelter groups.

The first step was developing a Needs Assessment to determine the unique needs for our organization and community. What are the concerns, where are the opportunities? From there, a shelter plan was developed.