Ivins No-Kill Animal Supporters, INKAS, is a 501(c)3 organization and a Registered Utah Charity. It was founded by a group of four friends who banded together to support the needs of the Ivins Animal Shelter.
While INKAS was incorporated in November, 2010, its roots run far deeper. Two of its founders, Connie Butterfield and Lesley Mendenhall, collaborated with Ivins City officials to introduce the no-kill philosophy in 2004. In 2006, their dream became a reality when the Ivins City Council officially adopted a no-kill philosophy by city ordinance. Ivins is a progressive community and was the first Utah municipality to support the no-kill philosophy.
The work of Connie and Lesley continued over the years as they were joined in their efforts by Tracey Welsh and Kim Rubel. In 2010, these four women incorporated the INKAS organization to promote the no-kill status of the Ivins Animal Shelter. By using all available media, and maintaining a presence at as many community events as possible, INKAS has gained goodwill, increased community support and secured generous donations.
In 2012, Lesley Mendenhall left the organization to take a seat on the Ivins City Council, and Barbara Rusick took her place as the fourth director/officer. In 2013, Gayle Bray, Ruth Webb and Sandy Johnson joined INKAS as Volunteer Associates, bringing varied backgrounds, skills and talents to the group, and enhancing INKAS’ ability to support the Ivins Shelter and the local animal community. In 2014, our group of hand-working animal lovers was further expanded by Sherry Archer, Sara Dupre, Jan Bates and Shan Hansen, all of whom joined INKAS as Volunteer Associates.
Since its inception, INKAS has supplied many needs of the shelter from quarantine cages to peanut butter to be stuffed in the Kong training devices they donated. They purchased patio covers for the outside cat areas, as well as a lot of litter boxes, harnesses, leashes and donut beds. INKAS paid for the directional signs throughout Ivins City so people can find the shelter. And they pay for grooming when needed so people will find beautiful animals when they get to the shelter. INKAS provides specialty food such as mother’s milk replacement, kitten and puppy food and, of course, they assist in paying veterinarian bills.
INKAS promotes adoptable shelter animals by featuring them on their Facebook page, and on this website. They feature pictures of adoptable cats and dogs at the INKAS booth at various community events and, when possible, bring adoptable animals to those events as well. INKAS’ members also assist shelter personnel at area super-adoption events such as those run at major pet stores.
Simply put, we believe that all homeless animals deserve shelter, food and compassionate care while waiting for their special person to take them home. The work we do is a labor of love.