MPR's History

Midwest Pet Refuge

115 N Meridian St, Portland, Indiana 47371, United States


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In 2013, a group of animal loving volunteers recognized there was a greater need than what our area was able to offer. They came together to form an all volunteer group, and Midwest Pet Refuge was formed. In 2014 MPR was incorporated, and by 2015 MPR was officially determined a tax exempt 501(c)3 non profit with a full board of directors.

As a completely volunteer run organization with no large scale facility, we must utilize the help of foster homes. MPR also networks animals in need in order to find placement with other rescues. We do not discriminate between fins, feathers, fur or even scales, and if we can help an animal on to a better life, we will! MPR tries hard to help any animal in need in some way, whether it be networking, transporting, needed vetting, fostering or even advice; however actual admissions are limited due to space constraints.

In 2016 the idea of Cat Tales Bookstore was born. It has been a wonderful resource for MPR. It not only serves as a place the community can find excellent used books, but also as an adoption center for many of the cats we have available. It has helped increase our cat adoptions drastically, and since opening over 250 cats have been saved and adopted!

Our goal is to find a larger building to house our bookstore and enable us to help more of our area's stray and homeless animals.
In order to do this, we need help from our community.
We rely on volunteers, fosters, supporters, and donors to operate.
​Please help us help them!

Midwest Pet Refuge is located in East Central Indiana. We help homeless, abandoned, stray and unwanted pets in Jay and surrounding counties. We are focused on helping animals in need, as well as educating the public on responsible pet ownership. 

Midwest Pet Refuge is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. 

Our Board of Directors: 
Tara Drumm, President/ Executive Director

Erin Loy, Vice President
Sara Berry, Treasurer
Rachel Kertesz, Secretary
Beckie Paxson, Board Member
Dosha Hammond, Board Member
Tracy Keen, Board Member

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About Midwest Pet Refuge


​Mission Statement:

Midwest Pet Refuge is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the animals in our region.


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