In-depth: The Humane Society Story

By Rachael Sowers

When you start talking to people who have been involved with the local humane society, one person’s name is mentioned every time.

Bev Finch

When Finch moved to Batesville, there was not a functioning humane society. She started with 6 pens located outside behind the animal control building by the river, and now, in 2019, the organization has a building with a capacity for 180. More than 11,000 animals have been served, all the while being a no-kill shelter.

Because of all the recent requests for financial assistance, and because they recently named a new director, I became curious about the organization. If you would like to know more about Finch’s journey as shelter director, see articles linked below, in chronological order, highlighting quotes from Finch.

2009 -> First Bark in the Park Fundraiser

2011 -> Includes stats about animal reproduction timelines (See page 30.)

2013 -> Record number of pet adoptions in 2012

2015 -> Trying new fundraisers

2015 -> Bargain Hound Boutique

2016 -> In-depth feature on Bev Finch (See cover, and page 12.)

2017 – Bev Finch retires