Our humane society opened our county's first-ever animal shelter in June of 2013. The shelter was built almost completely by volunteers. Josh and Courtney Hughett have been running the humane society since 2012 - Josh as president and Courtney as secretary/treasurer. Jennifer Randolph was also instrumental in being a part of the shelter being built and served as vice president of the humane society at that time. Prior to the shelter being built in 2013, the Hughetts had all the dogs and cats at their home. Alexandra Loughmiller has served as an advisory board member for 5+ years. The shelter is run completely by volunteers. Currently, the Hughetts, Kathryn Tredway, Pam Loughmiller, Jared Wathen, Kasie Green, Kaylee Cherney, Tonya Sheetz, Emily Duvall and Jessica Parker are the regular, active volunteers.
One of our big goals for 2023 is to continue to control the feral cat population in Martin County. We opened a spay and neuter clinic as part of the animal shelter to continue that mission.
Our spay/neuter clinic, which opened in July 2021, is operated by volunteers on the business/scheduling end, however, surgeries are performed by Dr. Alexandra Loughmiller and her RVT Caitlin Leonard.
Dr. Alex is a native of Loogootee. She is a 2010 graduate of Loogootee High School and graduated from Ross University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2018. Dr. Alex and her husband, Jared Wathen, live in Loogootee with their multiple dogs and cats, all rescues. She is the daughter of Jason & Pam Loughmiller, of Loogootee.
Caitlin is a 2013 graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School. She graduated from the International Business College Vet Tech Institute in 2015 as a Registered Vet Tech (RVT). She and her fiance, Anthony, live in Bedford and they have one daughter.
If you are unable to adopt or foster or volunteer, consider donating! Every dollar goes to the care of the dogs and cats.
Current Martin County Humane Society Board of Directors
Joshua Hughett, President
Jessica Parker, Vice President
Courtney Hughett, Secretary/Treasurer
Alexandra Loughmiller- Wathen, Advisory Board Member
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