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In March of 2017 in Columbus, IN, Jackie Watts, age 33, tried to rescue a blind, elderly poodle from traffic and return the dog to its home. She ran after the scared little dog until they both reached the banks of Flat Rock River which was swollen with recent rain. Sadly, despite her selfless efforts, both Jackie and the dog got caught up in the rushing water and drowned. Because Jackie loved animals and was active in many groups that cared for animals, the
Bartholomew County Humane Society has set up in her memory a special medical fund for older animals that need extra care at the society’s shelter. Some of these needs are the following:

  • Diagnostic blood test and x-rays

  • Heartworm testing and treatment/prevention

  • Teeth cleaning and other dental needs

  • Eye & skin problems

  • Obesity/malnutrition

  • Heart and other systemic correctable problems

These medical procedures are expensive, but will give provide many senior animals a second chance at having finding a loving home. The fund needs $12,000 to give special care to senior (7 years +) animals in 2023. Please help us give older pets a second chance. Send your tax deductible donation to:

Bartholomew County Humane Society

P.O. Box 1088

Columbus, IN 47202

(Call 812-372-6063 for more information.)

Or donate at

You can also text JACKIE to 243725 to donate. Message and data rates may apply.

Come see us!

In consideration of our staff and for the best interest of our animals, we strongly encourage making an appointment to come see us. However, we accept walk-ins if staff is available.  To make an appointment, please email us at

or call 812-372-6063 

Hours of Operation:

Monday - 12-5pm

Tuesday - Closed

Thursday - 12-5pm

Friday - 12-5pm

Saturday - 10am-1pm

Sunday - Closed

Organization Statistics

Save Rate: 98%

Strays: 82% of Intake, 15% reclaimed

Shelter intake: 906 as of 12/31/22


Animal Control

Bartholomew County Animal Control (outside city limits)

  • All Hours 812-372-1935

City Animal Control (inside city limits)

  • Business Hours 812-376-2505

  • After Hours 812-379-1689

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We rely heavily on donations of food, toys, treats among other supplies to keep our shelter stocked for the animals that stay with us.  Please consider supporting the shelter animals by donating from our wish lists as well! Our Amazon Wishlist is linked below and monetary donations can be sent via the donation button at the top of this Home page.



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