(SWITZ CITY) - A group of good Samaritans stumbled upon each other last year and found they had one thing in common - their love for animals.
These nine women say they saw a need for a no-kill animal shelter in Greene County.
So They created Saving Animal From Everywhere Animal Rescue Inc, a business to help rescue animals, rehabilitate, vaccinate, spay and neuter and finally re-home them says Chantel Eaton, president of the group.
They've re-homed more than 120 dogs, cats and even horses.
And they say the community has been 100 percent behind them.
"I've had four (dog) houses donated because somebody saw I posted it was a need. They brought them down from Terre Haute, actually," said Charla Byers, S.A.F.E. Animal Rescue, Inc.
They say they won't re-home these animals until they're sure it's the right home for them.
"We're pretty picky about where they all go. We want to make sure they're going to a forever home and not be passed around, and if it doesn't work, they come back to us," said Eaton.
And they say, yes, at times, it's hard.
"We all have full-time jobs, full-time students, full-time kids. We all have something else we do full-time. So as soon as we all get home from doing that, this kicks in. We're up late at night," said Eaton.
But it's worth it to see these looks of love from the new owners and the new pets.
The animal rescue accepts any kind of donation, including donations of your time.
They have fosters all over the county, including Bloomfield, Jasonville, and Linton.
They are hoping to offer microchipping soon.
They are currently in the process of becoming a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. There is a $400 filing fee involved, so the group is trying to raise the money by a variety of fundraisers.
All expenses come out of their own pockets, fundraisers, and donations. 100% of all donations and money collected from fundraisers goes towards the care of the rescue animals.
They are an "open door" rescue - that means they will take in any animal regardless of age, health, or temperament.
For more on how you can help this rescue center, check out their website or their Facebook page Available pets may be viewed at http://www.petfinder.com
Below are the women behind S.A.F.E. Animal Rescue, Inc.
Chantel Eaton - President
Elisabeth Riggins - Vice President
Rebecca Carmichael - Registered Vet Tech
Julie Wright - Fundraiser Coordinator
Barbara Tennant - Transport Coordinator
Charla Byers - Foster Coordinator
Chaye Byers - Emergency Foster Coordinator
Pam Kinnaman - foster
Heather Wallace - foster
Lynn Williams - foster
Dana Schurz - certified dog trainer
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