9 Jul


GARY, Ind. – International non-profit animal protection organization Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) has partnered with the BISSELL Pet Foundation to provide Gary Animal Control with an assessment of their city shelter’soperations and recommendations for improvements this month.

ARC President Scotlund Haisley and the ARC assessment team will spend a week in Gary starting today, July 8, 2013 reviewing every aspect of shelter and field operations, including but not limited to: the facility, policies, practices, and philosophies.

While Haisley was the executive director at the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL), he conceptualized, designed, and raised the funds to build the world’s first completely cage-less animal shelter, revolutionizing animal sheltering and setting global humane standards. A tripling of animal adoptions followed. Haisley has offered his expertise and modern perspective to dozens of shelters by performing assessments across the United States and beyond, including India and Puerto Rico.

“Animal sheltering in the U.S. is largely on a progressive track but many facilities, especially those run by municipal agencies, lack the resources they need and are falling behind in their mission to set communities, the animals, and adopters up for success,” said Haisley. “I founded Animal Rescue Corps to be a unique resource in saving and improving lives and we are proud to be able to offer our expertise to Gary Animal Control.”

The BISSELL Pet Foundation, who is sponsoring the shelter assessment, is a non-profit pet foundation that provides financial assistance to animal welfare organizations with the goal of reducing the number of animals in shelters and rescues through adoption, spay/neuter programs, micro-chipping, and foster care.

The BISSELL Pet Foundation and Animal Rescue Corps share in a mission to assist communities and their animals,” said BISSELL Pet Foundation Founder, Cathy Bissell. “When we became aware of the challenges facing the Gary facility, we recognized the great potential that exists to increase positive outcomes for homeless pets there. Having worked with ARC in the past, we knew they could provide a much needed assessment to help Gary make a plan for the future. Our goal in giving the city this independent expert analysis is that it can develop the tools it needs to provide hope and a second chance for the homeless pets in their community.”

ARC will detail every aspect of its observations, identify deficiencies, and suggest improvements in a report to be presented to the city of Gary shortly after the assessment’s completion. Taking the city’s budget restraints into account, this report will offer Gary a customized template identifying both short- and long-term improvements possible in every aspect of Gary Animal Control’s operations, making recommendations on cutting costs while maximizing efficiency and effectiveness in improving the lives of both its human and its animal citizens.

For more information about Animal Rescue Corps, please visit

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