Clear the Shelters - Saturday, August 17th

Join Humane Indiana on Saturday, August 17th, at our shelter, in a nationwide effort to find homes for shelter pets. The shelter will be open from 11 am to 4pm and adoption fees will be waived on all animals OVER 6 months old. Normal adoption procedures still apply (meets and application).

Humane Indiana helps as many animals as we have resources to help. Join our GIVE TEN, SAVE A FURRY FRIEND efforts by simply donating $10 to help homeless pets at our shelter. Donate through our Facebook Fundraiser or through our Fund the Shelters Fundraising page by clicking the button below:

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

“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.


August 3rd – Ted’s Feed (Schererville)

August 4th – PetSmart (Schererville)

August 10th – PetSmart (Hobart)

August 11th – PetSmart (Schererville)

August 25th – PetSmart (Schererville)

Sept 1st – PetSmart (Schererville)

Sept 7th – Ted’s Feed (Schererville)

Sept 8th – PetSmart (Schererville)

Sept 13-15 – PetSmart (Schererville)

Sept 21 - Pet Expo - Lake County Fairgrounds (Crown Point)

Sept 22nd – PetSmart (Schererville)

Sept 29th – PetSmart (Schererville)

Oct 5th – Ted’s Feed (Schererville)

October 6th – PetSmart (Schererville)

October 12th – PetSmart (Hobart)

October 13th – PetSmart (Schererville)

October 20th – PetSmart (Schererville)

October 27th – PetSmart (Schererville)

November 2nd – Ted’s Feed (Schererville)

November 3rd – PetSmart (Schererville)

November 8-10 – PetSmart (Schererville)

November 17th – PetSmart (Schererville)

November 24th – PetSmart (Schererville)

December 1st – PetSmart (Schererville)

December 7th – Ted’s Feed (Schererville)

December 8th – PetSmart (Schererville)

December 14th – PetSmart (Schererville)

December 15th – PetSmart (Schererville)

Need to Surrender Your Pet? +


Humane Indiana firmly believes that bringing your pet to a shelter, should always be a last resort. While all animals are treated and cared for humanely at our facility, a shelter is a stressful and terrifying place for a pet who has been living in a home environmnet. We are committed to helping reduce stress for pets and offer resource assistance for owners looking to surrender their pets. We do not euthanize, and we can only take in as many animals as we adopt out. When cages are full, we cannot take any additional animals. Please review our resource options below.

Owner-surrenders to our shelter are by appointment only, please call us in advance to check availability and make an appointment: (219) 922-3811.


While Humane Indiana holds its staff to exemplary kenneling standards, we still believe that it is best practice to avoid entrance to a shelter whenever possible. Humane Indiana is very fortunate to have many programs that may aid in preventing a surrender from entering a shelter and hopefully staying in a home. Our team is dedicated to helping pet owners keep their pets, in times of need.

Humane Indiana also offers medical help in the form of spay/neuter, vaccines, or micro-chipping, and may also provide initial canine and feline behavioral counseling and referral to trainers or behaviorists. Humane Indiana can also provide any supplies the pet owner may need to keep the pet, including but not limited to: food, litter, leashes, collars, toys, treats, grooming products, cat furniture, or litter boxes.

Our pet food bank provides help with pet food, when they need it most. Our goal is to help loving pet owners keep their beloved pet at home with them, through some difficut times.


Humane Indiana's first order of business is always to help pet owners work through some difficult decisions when they reach the often painful conclusion that they can no longer keep their pet. Many phone calls to our shelter include those that want to surrender their pet to the shetler for rehoming. Humane Indiana has recently joined the Home to Home program, which allows for pet owners to safely, rehome their pet through a database to find families wanting to adopt pets. This avoids the stress to the animal of bringing it to shelter, but instead rehoming the pet from one home to another -- a Home to Home adoption. Adoptions are managed by Humane Indiana through the site, and pet-surrenders and prospective owners are vetted. The process eliminates the process of bringing a pet to the shelter, by offering a home-to-home adoption. To learn more about the program, please visit

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 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 be 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 Fill out our online application and get started today!