The Terre Haute Humane Society is changing its policy of being a “low kill shelter” to something a little more.
The Terre Haute Humane Society euthanizes about 1 percent of the animals it handles each year.
The shelter says that due to high medical costs the shelter will now be euthanizing its worst cases because it simply cannot afford to treat and take care of the animals.
The euthanasia rate will likely climb to about 3 or 4 percent annually.
The shelter ran a budget deficit last year of about $14,000.
Total operating costs ran just over a half million dollars and that is expected to climb this year.
The Humane Society is still working with Ivy Tech to open a larger, more modern shelter in southern Vigo County at an estimated cost of between $2 million and $4 million.