Saving lives while connecting unwanted and abandoned pets with loving homes. 

 

 

 
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meet your new best friend at a mobile adoption event!


“I adopted my cat as a kitten in July 2006. She is the absolute joy in my life. If it wasn’t for Humane Indiana, this wonderful and loving creature would not be in my life. Keep doing the wonderful work you do!”

— Marlene T.


Benefits of Adopting 

Adopting a shelter animal not only gives your pet a second chance in a happy home, it can also have a positive impact on your life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pet ownership can lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and feelings of loneliness. Children who grow up with pets learn responsibility and empathy while receiving unconditional love that bolsters self-esteem. And there's one more benefit you may not have considered—our shelter residents are vet checked and already spayed or neutered! 


Adoption Procedures +

  1. Complete an adoption application. We want to know all about you! We love our animals and want to make sure they’re going to a wonderful home.
  2. Meet with an adoption counselor to make sure that your new family member is the purrrfect fit for your home environment and lifestyle.
  3. Once your adoption is approved and associated fees are paid, we'll do our best to have your new buddy ready to go home with you right away! (Please note that same-day adoptions are not guaranteed.)

Potential adopters must show a photo ID and be at least 21 years of age. After adoption is approved, we can only hold animals for 24 hours. We need to make room for the next group of pets who need a place to stay while they wait for their forever home. Humane Indiana reserves the right to deny any application.

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Adoption Fees +

Adoption fees make it possible for us to care for pets while they are waiting to be adopted and make sure they’re healthy and ready to go home with you. Included in adoption fees are basic care provided at the shelter, spay/neuter surgery, deworming, heartworm test, heartworm preventive (and treatment if needed), an ear check for mites, a nail trim, flea/tick preventive, vaccines, rabies vaccine and a microchip implantation. Fees range from $56 to $356.

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Mobile Adoption Vehicle +

Humane Indiana's Mobile Adoption Vehicle brings pets waiting for loving homes into the community—raising awareness of shelter pets & increasing adoptions. Our climate-controlled vehicle comfortably transports up to 26 animals ready to meet potential adopters. Adoption event hosts are true heroes, finding homes for shelter pets AND creating space for new rescues.

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Need to Give Up Your Pet? +

We understand that sometimes it may be necessary to give up a pet and we will do our very best to place yours into a new home. Please keep in mind that a shelter can be a bit stressful to animals that are accustomed to being in a home environment and should be used as a last resort.

We do not euthanize, so can only take in as many animals as we adopt out. When cages are full, we cannot take any additional animals. Please call us in advance to check availability and make an appointment: (219) 922-3811.

Lost a Pet? Found a Pet? +

Lost pets are most often found near home. Knocking on doors of homes in the vicinity to see if anyone recognizes the pet is a good first step. To file a lost or found report, email the Humane Indiana intake team at tjansen@humaneindiana.org or phone (219) 922-3811 x211. We also recommend calling your local animal control. Humane Indiana is happy to assist in locating owners for found pets by scanning for microchips and checking our population.

A special note about cats: the public is encouraged to bring all strays to the shelter for reunification with their families, however the "return to owner" rate for cats in shelters is very low. This is because the “lost” kitty you found may not lost at all! Cats are 7-13 times more likely to find their way home from the street than a shelter. For cats, placing a paper collar with “Am I your cat?” written on it is an easy way to help the cat find its owner.

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Rent a Humane Trap +

Humanely secure animals that stray onto your property and move them to an appropriate space with one of our live animal traps. A limited number of traps are available for rental, offered on a first come, first served basis. The rental fee is $5 per day and a $60 cash deposit is required. You'll need to complete a short form and we will make a copy of your driver’s license. Please phone the shelter at (219) 922-3811 for more trap information.

Foster +

We don’t ever want to turn an animal away. When our shelter reaches capacity, some of our pets need a temporary place to reside in order to make room for more. Humane Indiana foster families selflessly share their home, providing a loving transition while their foster pet is matched with a forever home.

Animals Who Need Your Help:

  • Orphaned puppies and kittens, too young to live in the shelter
  • Canines and felines in need of socialization
  • Dogs and cats with medical issues who need extra special care

Supplies Provided to Foster Homes:

  • Food
  • Medication
  • Bedding
  • Crates
  • Bottles
  • Other necessary supplies

Questions? Contact our intake coordinator at (219) 922-3811 or email tjansen@humaneindiana.org. Fill out our online application and get started today!