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Chicken Nugget and Gang, Inc. encompasses a few different things. We take in small animals that have been abandoned or surrendered. We work with Johnson County Animal Shelter and The Humane Society of Boone County, Indiana when they need help, specifically in urgent cases. Johnson County will take small animal surrenders, that they then call rescues to pick up. The Humane Society of Boone County has called when they had neglect cases and there are small animals involved. Also, the Animal Control Officer for Boone County Sheriff’s Department calls when they need help. We have even picked up stray chickens, etc. We have these animals vetted, (all bunnies spayed or neutered) and then make them available for adoption. For some of the animals that have been through a really rough time, we have decided to keep them here as part of our small sanctuary.

In addition, I have a Therapy Dog, Rock, a Great Pyrenees, and he and I go out and volunteer. We recently started ‘Read with Rock’ once a month, at our local Brad’s Books.  We have visited Assisted Living facilities, Rehabs, Memory Care Facilities, Daycare Facilities, Apt. communities, Christmas at the Zoo/Santa’s Workshop for the children, and even businesses to cheer up the staff.  In addition, we have taken along some of the smaller animals to some of the locations when requested (Bunnies, Guinea pigs and Chicken Nugget). Chicken Nugget, our lovable mascot, has attended several events, also. We have started a ‘Friends of Nugget’, which supports other Rescues, Shelters, Humane Societies, etc. whose facilities we have visited (more than once) and know that they Vet check, and care, for their animals, take good care of them, and Vet their Adopters. We also, have (and will) lend our ‘Friends of Nugget’ a hand, when needed. For example, we have been actively assisting Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue out.  We have hosted/organized adoption events for them at pet stores, because of their large number of dogs. We always promote their organization and adoptable dogs along with anything else I/we can do to help out. We have brought in adoptable animals from other rescues when we had meet and greets. At the end of the day, it isn’t about rehoming the animals we have as quickly as possible, but about pairing the right animal with the right adopter in a long-term and safe solution.

Essentially, the main mission of Chicken Nugget and Gang is to bring together animal care centers across Indiana in order to create an interconnected web in our communities and beyond, so that whatever animal needs arise, we’re able to work together to get it taken care of. This works in ways large and small, whether it be helping transport two surrendered geese to a shelter that’s able to care for them, sharing a donation of large dog food with a shelter that has more large dogs, or joining forces during adoption events. We also want to work to educate our volunteers, fosters, and adopters about the real requirements of the care for the animals they want to work with, to lessen the chance of them surrendering the animal after they’ve adopted one. We hope to continue to get our eligible rescues certified as therapy animals so as to keep giving back to our community and furthering animal education in the area.  We promote giving back to your community. Last, we want to work with children, and adults, to be kind to animals, and each other: to be ‘Nugget Kind’.

Our first official therapy dog: Rock is a certified rockstar!

About

Who We Are

Chicken Nugget and Gang was named after our loving Bantam Rooster, named Chicken Nugget.  In January of 2016, our Founder, Keir, visited a Rescue, ‘A Critters Chance’, to pick up some bunnies to foster.  As she, and her Husband, were touring the Rescue, they came across this tiny rooster.  She asked if she could pick him up, and the response was ‘if he will let you’.  He did….and then after walking around a bit, he laid his head on her shoulder and fell asleep. Chicken Nugget cuddled up to our founder, Keir Schutte Although Keir had never had a chicken, or, even a desire to have chickens, it was love at first site.  Chicken Nugget went home with her that day, with the bunnies, to be fostered.  He was the immediate foster failure… 🙂 Some of our community work was inspired by our beloved Rock Star, another foster fail for Chicken Nugget and Gang. Rock came to us as a former farm worker. Rock doesn’t meet a stranger (much like our founder!) and we couldn’t help but notice how much joy he brought the people around him, and how a few minutes with Rock left people feeling lighter and happier. This opened our eyes to a need in the community that could be filled by the animals filling our local shelters.

What We Do and Strive to Do

It was a quick slide from one chicken to ten, from chickens to bunnies and other small, domestic, and sometimes exotic animals that are given as gifts for Easter and then surrendered to local shelters, left at parks, or even by dumpsters. We’ve provided temporary housing, and facilitated fostering and adoption for cats, dogs, pigs, guinea pigs, you name it!  And, in several cases, permanent housing for some little ones that have just been through too much and we don’t want to re-home.  These babies are part of our small sanctuary.
Every year, approximately 6.5 million pets are adopted and then dumped on the side of a road or at a shelter. Of these, 1.5 million will be euthanized due to overcrowding and lack of funding.
Our goal is to tackle this issue from the ground floor, starting with how people adopt a new pet. We take in those animals that are most at risk, or just have nowhere else to go, because the larger shelters are all full.  We hold fun and safe certification classes for kids to allow them to spend a day taking care of the pet that they insist they could handle. For those looking for a new animal to love, we provide short-term fostering opportunities to ensure they make a good match.  In addition, so that the animal is getting the full attention that they need.  Many of these pets have not been socialized, or shown the love, and care that they needed.

We are working on our ‘Friends of Nugget’ list.  This is a group of fellow Rescues that we know do a great job and we want to help spread to word for them.  If we do not have the right fit/pet for someone, we will help them find the Rescue that does.  In addition, Chicken Nugget and Gang will work on ways to support that Rescue when they are in need.  For example, if Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue has a larger than usual number of dogs at their facility, we will set up a Volunteer day and go out and assist them with whatever they need.

After many years of Volunteering, and giving back, and also fostering, and/or adopting, our Founder discovered that there aren’t a lot of Rescues working together.  And, sadly, most of the Rescues don’t have full-time employees.  So, things get missed, or lost in the shuffle.  Maybe we can be that missing piece and help get people matched with the right pet, or lend them a hand when they get overwhelmed, whatever we can do to help!  After all, isn’t it supposed to be all about the animals?;)

A long term goal of Chicken Nugget and Gang is to purchase a piece of land where a larger sanctuary can be housed.  And at that stage, we can host fun, and educational, volunteer events for children and adults. What about You? How can you help? Got time? Volunteer with us! No time but a full wallet? Donate! Looking for a more personalized donation that really feels meaningful? Financially adopt one of our animals. Know somebody who loves animals or is interested in adopting or fostering? Just point them our way. If you’re interested in learning more, in volunteering or adopting one of our animals, or in scheduling a visit from Rock, we’d love to hear from you!