Rick Moore, who had previously served as shelter manager from 2004-06, started in late September and is the fourth person to be shelter manager this year.
"The Humane Society Board asked me to return," Moore told The Brazil Times. "I had left previously because I refused to euthanize any animals."
He added he hopes to maintain the shelter's spay/neuter clinic and build a stronger relationship with the City of Brazil as well as county officials.
"I want the shelter to be for the animals and not in the political scene," Moore said. "With the current administration, I think we can build a better rapport with them and the city and county law enforcement."
Moore and Humane Society Board President Bill Bell both said they would like to see the animal ordinances enforced and build up the shelter's volunteer base.
"Our number one priority right now is to build up the number of volunteers we have and bring our membership back up," Bell said.
Moore said the shelter has already begun volunteer programs with Indiana State University and the area scout troops, but would like to see them grow.
"We have ISU students coming once a week to help walk the dogs and just started programs with the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts," he said. "The Clay County Community Corrections Department has also been very helpful in sending people out to volunteer."
Bell confirmed to The Brazil Times the shelter had an outbreak of Parvo for the second time this year in late August and early September -- prior to the hiring of Moore -- and the shelter is currently near capacity, housing approximately 190 dogs and cats.
"We have set up a quarantine room for any new animals we receive to stay for 14 days to protect a potential spread of any disease to the general population of the shelter," Moore said. "Also, we do keep kennels open for emergencies."
Moore also said the shelter has been "buddying up" animals in the kennels to allow for more room.
"We try to pair animals that work well together in the same kennel," he said. "However, if a pet owner wants to drop their dog or cat off because they can't take care of it anymore, there is the possibility they may be put on a waiting list."
The shelter continues to work with rescue programs across the nation in hopes to adopt out as many animals as possible.
"We are proceeding with our rescue programs," Moore said. "But it is my policy to try to never turn away any animal."
For more information about volunteering or becoming a member, contact the Clay County Humane Shelter at 446-5126.