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Thanks to you, we met our 2023 goal!

BCHS asked for help raising $12,000 to give special care to senior animals in memory of Jackie Watts. Thanks to your generosity, we already met our goal!

Donations are still accepted and will continue to be used for medical care for senior animals.


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 set up, in her memory, a special medical fund for older animals that need extra care at the shelter. These needs include:

  • Diagnostic blood tests and x-rays

  • Heartworm testing, treatment, and prevention

  • Teeth cleaning and other dental needs

  • Eye & skin problems

  • Obesity or malnutrition

  • Heart and other correctable systemic problems


While these medical procedures are expensive, they will give many senior animals a second chance at finding a loving home. The fund needs $12,000 to give special care to senior animals (7+ years old) in 2023. Please help us give older pets a second chance.


You can donate online here or send your tax deductible donation to:

Bartholomew County Humane Society

P.O. Box 1088

Columbus, IN 47202

Call 812-372-6063 for more information.

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