A local 501(c)(3) non-profit dog rescue announced plans to open a no-kill facility in Evansville, which currently does not have a no-kill facility. It Takes A Village Canine Rescue, Inc. (ITV) is one of the largest dog rescues in Evansville, averaging about 100 dogs in its care. ITV is a volunteer, foster-based organization dedicated to doing what it takes to find loving homes for stray, abandoned, and surrendered animals, and to keep these animals safe and free from further suffering. ITV’s main focus is to help homeless dogs in shelters around the tri-state, including in Evansville, Owensboro, Princeton and Henderson, as well as from Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama. Although ITV does not discriminate based on breed, size or color, they have a particular interest in bully breeds, black dogs and other hard-to-place dogs.

According to city ordinance G-2006-23, Evansville Animal Control is forced to euthanize 1,500 animals a year (likely due to lack of space). That is HALF the animals they take in! ITV is trying to see that 1,500 animals do not die each year simply because of lack of space. The shelters in the surrounding areas also are struggling with pet overpopulation and need help reducing their euthanasia rates.

ITV will open Evansville’s first no-kill rescue center located at 1417 North Stockwell. The rescue center will have an attached thrift shop, called Thrifty Tails, which will offset the costs of running the facility. The grand opening celebration called “Canine Carnival and Mardi Paws” will be on Saturday, July 21, 2012, beginning at 3 p.m. Entry is FREE and open to the public (donations will be accepted and numerous items will be for sell). The carnival will feature live bands, food, drinks, face painting, arts & crafts for kids, pet photos, a silent auction, police K9 demonstrations and carnival games for the kids. Additionally, there will be an adult’s only beer garden. There will be a $5 cover charge on the beer garden after 8:00 p.m. All proceeds from this event benefit the dogs of It Takes A Village Canine Rescue, Inc.

For more information, contact Susan Odoyo 812-549-7389 or itvrescue@gmail.com.