Indiana met us with cold and rainy weather during the latest stop on our Adventure Of A Lifetime. We bundled up and drove to Evansville, Indiana and specifically routed our journey here to a most deserving rescue, Another Chance For Animals.
Most likely where you live, or near where you live, there is a city or county pound or shelter. And most likely, you have tried to think of how you could help. Some of us may not even be brave enough to step foot in a shelter. I know that I used to be like that. But then, some of us take it upon ourselves to try and change things, to put ourselves and our feelings aside for the animals that so desperately need us. Meet Audrey Julian, the founder of Another Chance For Animals.
Audrey told us that in 2009, she answered a Craigslist ad asking for animal transport volunteers. She then decided to volunteer at the local Evansville Vanderburgh Animal Care and Control Shelter. Seeing the needs of the local animals and community, she decided to start Another Chance For Animals.
According to ACA’s website, “Thousands of cats, dogs and other animals are relinquished to the Evansville Vanderburgh Animal Care and Control Shelter each year. Their stories are varied, some are strays, some are owner surrendered, some are taken from their owners for their own well being. All need homes where they will not have to endure shelter life again. ACA volunteers work to find these animals their forever homes. We are striving for a No-Kill Evansville”.
When Audrey started ACA, the euthanasia numbers were high and overwhelming here in Evansville. With a professional background, Audrey put all of her efforts into making ACA run efficiently and enlisted other volunteers and fosters. Is this all that Audrey has going on in her life? Like many animal rescuers, the answer is a big NO. In addition to holding down a full-time job as an accountant, Audrey is a mom, a wife and has dogs and cats of her own and fosters as well! All that she does simply made my heart sing…and made me tired as well! How simple it would have been for Audrey seven years ago to not pursue starting this rescue. She could have assisted in that one transport job and that was it. But she knew that she could make a difference. She knew that she could use her skills and passion to reduce the euthanasia rate in Evansville. And she has done so by over 30% with many other volunteers, board members and the support of the animal control as well.
Murray came to ACA with injuries from an unknown source. But ACA got him the medical care he needed and a loving foster home. Murray truly touched our hearts with his exuberance for life, his playfulness with the kittens here and his sweet demeanor. Murray would make someone a forever friend. And this is just one of the animals that ACA has made a difference for.
During our visit to ACA’s office, we were given a tour of this building that has taken ACA a few years to restore after purchasing, and it is an ongoing project. This simple building helps them in many ways to organize animals they pull from animal control on their transition and meet with some potential adopters. Audrey was so proud in relating to us the journey it took for them to reach this point. And we know that it was due in part to her dedication in making this rescue work.
Another Chance For Animals dedicates its resources, time, money and care to only animals from the local Evansville Vanderburgh Animal Care and Control Shelter. This enables them to adopt out about 1000 animals a year! We were impressed beyond belief at their success rate. Audrey related to us story after story of adopters who saw animals on their Facebook page, fell in love, and even though they lived far away, they made it happen.
Their concern for the animals they have saved doesn’t stop when they are adopted, or even before they are adopted. They believe education is key in their community. They provide this education to community groups, childrens’ groups and schools. They want their community to understand the problem of animal overpopulation while showing them how to properly care and keep their own pet forever. They also hold regular adoption events and have an adoption window at a local retail store.