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A weekend visit with our friends at the Perry County Animal shelter in Cannellton IN has yielded yet another sad story of a sweet dog 'thrown' away...abandoned at the shelter when it became convenient to do so, as though this dog's life meant absolutely nothing. Back in January, the owner of this friendly young dog simply loaded her in their car, drove her to the shelter and LEFT HER THERE. Just like that. They had raised poor Nonnie from a puppy, and kept her with them for nearly two years, but demonstrated no hesitation whatsoever at leaving her that day. Even when informed their decision to leave Nonnie behind at a kill facility might very well cost the animal her life, the woman is said to have shrugged, explaining that she now had a 9-month-old child and Nonnie was too "rambunctious" to have around. Wow. This was the day that Nonnie's life and future were literally turned upside down...gone were the very people who had surely loved this dog at one time, and the safety and reassurance of known surroundings. Since that time, Nonnie has gone from being a family companion dog to having the dubious distinction of being one of the longest residents the animal shelter has ever had. Make no mistake...the staff at the Perry County Animal Shelter loves this fawn and cream colored German Shepherd/Pit mix girl, but even their favor will not be enough to see Nonnie emerge from the shelter alive. YOU and your compassion are needed for that to happen! Nonnie is a GOOD GIRL and she doesn't want to die simply because her previous family lacked the commitment, love, and responsibility they should have had. Is there no one who will take a chance on this 2-year-old gentle dog?! I think Nonnie deserves to know the love and security of once again having a home and family, and the shelter staff and I are committed to making that happen! Weighing approximately 40-43lbs, Nonnie is an active and amiable young dog who is said to be fine around other dogs, and absolutely adores children! Although we can't be certain what her attitude is regarding cats, this young dog's personality is exceedingly gentle and I'm willing to bet that all might be well with the proper, supervised introduction and continued oversight. Nonnie is spayed, up to date on her shots, including rabies, and heartworm negative. This awesome pup is housebroken, and even knows basic obedience commands like 'sit' and 'wait.' When I met and interacted with Nonnie, I could tell that she was well socialized with people and, presumably, a family setting as well. All this baby dog wants is have someone to run and play with...the more, the merrier! Would you like to come and visit this fine girl? Nonnie doesn't require a lot; she simply wants to be loved and have a family to play with and keep her safe. For more information, please call the Perry County Animal Shelter at 812-547-6381, or text/call Kendra at 812-719-1109. You may even call/text Deb at 812-430-8009. I implore you to call soon; this young dog's time is rapidly ticking away...please hurry!


Although 2015 has definitely continued the legacy of 2014 in not living up to the promise and the adoptions that we had hoped for, Southern Indiana Rescue Effort would still like to offer our profound thanks to the awesome people who opened their hearts and homes to this rescue's homeless animals. The 'rescue and rehome' scenerio for the United States remains dismal due to the same bad economy that has forced many citizens from their homes after having lost their jobs and ability to remain self sustaining. Southern Indiana Rescue Effort's ending adoption totals for 2013 are dismal and reflective of a nation that continues to be in dire economic crisis. Southern Indiana Rescue Effort works very hard, making every possible effort to successfully 'market' our rescues to middle and upper middle class families who share our companion animal mores but, in 2013, we were only been able to secure homes for six of our loving dogs, and a handful of cats/kittens. That's not to say we aren't grateful; the animals we saved went to the most loving and responsible of homes and should never again have to worry about irresponsible 'owners' neglecting them or dumping them in an Animal Control to die. In keeping with this rescue's policy of fairness, our six dogs and rescued felines have hailed from local situations as well as other states. Thor, Lewis, and Clark were dogs that came from a local family whose home was foreclosed upon, and we have provided a place in our rescue for Sheba, the momma dog until the family is able to reclaim her. Handsome brindle boy Buddy was pulled from a small, rural shelter in Illinois, while our sweet Maya was a collective effort all the way from Youngstown, Ohio. Petey the awesome pit boy joined our rescue from the state of Tennessee, while loving Bo Kitty was placed a second and FINAL TIME with a literally delighted and retired local couple. We remain cautiously optimistic about the future and our ability to continue assisting needy dogs and cats as our monetary situation and infrastructure will allow. Southern Indiana Rescue effort will endeavor to follow base, commonsense adoption guidlines such as not knowingly adopting our pit and pit mixes to individuals who rent; not owning ones own home and, therefore, being subject to the whims of a landlord is the number one reason animals are returned to shelters...we will not allow our animals to be placed in harm's way in this manner. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our many past adopter families of both dogs and cats for the wonderful updates on their pets and just generally for staying in touch with us! You have no idea how much your periodic updates, anecdotes and pictures actually mean to us! We would like to remind the public that Southern Indiana Rescue Effort is home to many deserving, gentle and loving dogs, all of whom were scheduled to be killed by a deplorable 'throw away' society, and some who actually missed their dates with death by a matter of mere hours. We remain committed to assisting as many dogs and cats as our infrastructure and monetary situation will allow...and also are adamant proponents of MANDATORY spay/neuter in all of the states. Southern Indiana Rescue Effort is on Facebook under our founder and director's name 'Deb Conner', and our profile pictures currently is of a gorgeous black cat from a feral colony we have been managing for years. Our Facebook picture at the top of our page is of a smiling Blue Heeler dog named 'Steven' and who is a highly treasured family pet! This rescue also rehabs and assists wild, orphaned mammals when time permits (yes, we are wildlife rehabbers!) We remain committed and look forward to working with you, the public, and our many rescue contacts in the coming year and again ask that, if you are considering adding a pet to your family, please seriously consider us! Whenever you adopt an animal from Southern Indiana Rescue Effort, you are freeing 'kennel space' that allows us to help another dog, destined to die. Here is wishing you and yours the very best that life has to offer, and a rewarding and prosperous new year! Now, lets 'roll up our sleeves' and get to work!---------------------------------------------------------------- SOUTHERN INDIANA RESCUE EFFORT HAS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING 5013C STATUS, AND WILL DELAY OUR OBTAINING THIS DESIGNATION UNTIL THE US ECONOMY IMPROVES.

Who We Are

Southern Indiana Rescue Effort is a small rescue group located in Warrick county that has come to realize just how dire the situation for companion animals really is in the United States. Approximately 900 healthy, and adoptable companion animals are euthanized EVERY HOUR simply because there are not enough homes for them. We are adamant supporters of mandatory spay/neuter laws in all 50 states. Until this future scenario unfolds; however, Southern Indiana Rescue Effort will strive to provide a "safety net" for as many deserving animals as possible, one animal at a time, and without regard to breed, or species. When possible, you will find us readily "networking" with other rescue groups who share our desire to impact animal lives. Southern Indiana Rescue Effort is on Facebook as a viable networking option for many of the 'death-row' animals that we cannot personally rescue, and as a convenient method of sharing pictures, videos, and amusing anecdotes with our many adoptive families. We heartily invite you to join us there... simply 'click' on Deb Conner, and join other animal and human rights advocates!

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Pet Adoption

S.I.R.E. has a fairly simple adoption procedure that typically begins with a verbal "screening" right over the phone, and eventually culminates into our "Formal Adoption Agreement" with possible home visit. We want your adoption experience to be a successful one, and will make every effort to help "match" you with an appropriate pet for your family, living circumstances, and lifestyle.

Come Visit Us!

Southern Indiana Rescue Effort is a small rescue located on the premises of a single family residence, and our visits are by appointment only. We are located approximately 15 minutes east of Boonville Indiana, right off highway 62, in the town of Tennyson. Call 812-430-8009 to schedule an appointment, or email, or Remember, "it's raining dogs, hallelujah", so come and find yours today!
Southern Indiana Rescue Effort
Tennyson, IN 47637
Phone: 18124308009

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