Links to Check Out

Best Reasons to Spay/Neuter Your Pet
– One dog and her offspring can produce around 67,000 puppies in six years; one cat and her offspring can produce around 420,000 kittens in seven years; one rabbit and her offspring can produce around 185 BILLION bunnies in seven years.
– WebMD has a great list of 10 reasons to spay/neuter your pet, including health benefits for the animal itself and its cost-effectiveness.
– For more information about spaying and neutering in Indiana (and links to get your own Pet Friendly Indiana license plate), please visit Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana.

Pets CAN Help Your Health!
Check out this fascinating article on WebMD of how pets are more than just great snuggle buddies, but can improve both your physical and mental health!

Furry Celebs Found in Shelters
Not every animal TV, movie or internet star was bought from a breeder … this is a great list of famous animals adopted from shelters or rescues.

Are You Ready to Adopt?
Before you even go to the shelter or submit an application to adopt a dog, there are several questions you need to ask yourself. These are great checklists, courtesy of Petfinder.
Dog Adoption Checklist
Cat Adoption Checklist
Adoption Considerations for Other Pets (includes links for rabbits, horses, reptiles, birds & small mammals)

Fostering vs. Adoption
Not sure you’re ready to adopt, but still want to help? Fostering is a great way to give some love and TLC to animals who need it AND help your local shelter or rescue be able to assist other animals in need by freeing up some of their resources. Petfinder has a great article to help you determine if fostering is right for you!

What Kind of Dog or Cat Is Right for Me?
It’s always good to do plenty of research about the breeds you would potentially be interested in adopting, whether you’re looking for a dog OR cat.
Dog Breeds (Petfinder)

Cat Breeds (Petfinder)

Where Should I Look?
Petfinder
and Pedigree are both fantastic places to look for animals in search of their forever homes, but not every shelter has their adoptable animals on the site. Make sure to check the websites of your city and/or county’s animal control for valuable information (hours of operation, phone number, address, etc.), ways to donate/volunteer AND check out the animals up for adoption. I’ve included links to the websites of every single shelter or rescue in the state of Indiana and hope to expand to the Louisville, Chicago and Cincinnati areas in the future! Please message me if you know of a shelter or rescue that I forgot to list!

Adams County
Lennox’s Legacy Rescue Inc.
PAWS of Adams County

Allen County
Allen County SPCA
EB Feline Rehoming
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control
Fort Wayne Pitbull Coalition
Perfect Paws Pet Rescue Inc.
SOUL Dog Rescue & Rehab

Bartholomew County
Bartholomew County Humane Society
City of Columbus Animal Care Services
Community Animal Rescue Effort, Inc. (CARE)

Blackford County
Blackford County Animal Shelter

Boone County
Humane Society of Boone County

Brown County
Brown County Humane Society

Cass County
Back-Roads Dog Rescue
A Cause for Paws

Clark County
Animal Protection Association (APA)
Chibi’s Furiends
Fat Heads Rescue
Inky Animal Rescue
J B Ogle Animal Shelter
Louisville Weimeraner Rescue
Purrfect Friends for Adoption Inc.
Rescued Guinea Pigs Rescue
Southern Indiana Animal Rescue

Clay County
Clay County Humane Society
Lucky Pups Rescue, Inc.
Our Lil’ Bit of Heaven Animal Rescue & Sanctuary

Clinton County
Clinton County Humane Society
Indiana Horse Rescue

Crawford County
River Valley Humane Society

Daviess County
City of Washington Animal Control

Dearborn County
P.A.W.S. of Dearborn County Humane Center

Decatur County
Greensburg Decatur County Animal Shelter
Midwest Old English Sheepdog Rescue

DeKalb County
Canine Haven Rescue Inc.
DeKalb Humane Society
Great Lakes Westie Rescue Inc.

Delaware County
Action for Animals
Animal Rescue Fund
Muncie Animal Care & Services

Dubois County
Dubois County Humane Society

Elkhart County
Dogtown Resort
Greyt Angels Greyhound Adoption
Humane Society of Elkhart County
Second Chance Small Dog Rescue

Fayette County
Fayette County Animal Shelter

Floyd County
Heartland Sheltie Rescue
Kentuckiana Boxer Rescue
New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter & Control
Piece of My Heart Rescue
Ratbone Rescues – Midwest Region

Franklin County
Franklin County Humane Society
People Assisting Animals in Need

Fulton County
Fulton County Animal Adoption & Education Center

Gibson County
Gibson County Animal Services

Grant County
Gracie’s H.E.A.R.T. of Gold
Marion Animal Care & Control
Marion-Grant County Humane Society
Rescue Roundup
ROCK Rescue

Greene County
CAnine REscue (CARE, Inc.)
Greene County Humane Society
S.A.F.E. Animal Rescue Inc.

Hamilton County
All Creatures Matter Rescue
Almost Home Schnauzer & Small Dog Rescue
Aussie Rescue & Placement Helpline, Inc.
Humane Society of Hamilton County
Indy Homes for Huskies

Hancock County
Frenzy Animal Rescue
Greenfield Hancock Animal Management
Hancock County Humane Society
Partners for Animal Welfare Society, Inc.

Harrison County
Harrison County Animal Control Shelter

Hendricks County
A Critter’s Chance
Barkers & Whiskers Animal Rescue
Exotic Animal Rescue & Pet Sanctuary (EARPS, Inc.)
Golden Retriever Rescue & Community Education (GRRACE)
Hendricks County Animal Control
Hendricks County Humane Society
Misty Eyes Animal Rescue & Learning Center
Sacred Sycamore Animal Rescue

Henry County
Lucky Lab Rescue & Adoption

Howard County
4 Precious Paws Rescue
Buddy’s Bandits, Inc.
Howard County Kitten Rescue
Kokomo Humane Society
Pals for Paws, Inc.

Huntington County
Animal House Sanctuary
Helping Paws Pet Haven Inc.
Huntington County Humane Center

Jackson County
Clancy’s Dream, Inc.
Humane Society of Jackson County
Red Sky Rescue

Jasper County
Heavenly Paws Haven, Inc.
Jasper County Animal Shelter & Control

Jay County
Midwest Pet Refuge

Jefferson County
A.D.O.P.T.
Jefferson County Animal Shelter

Jennings County
Jennings County Animal Control
Mercy Rescue & Adoption

Johnson County
Bright Hope Dog Training Rescue Division
Hope Marie’s Fund Rescue
Humane Society of Johnson County
Johnson County Animal Shelter
Johnson County Community Cats
Pet Elves to the Rescue
Tails & Trails

Knox County
North Knox Animal Shelter

Kosciusko County
Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County
Furry Friends of Indiana – Warsaw
New Hope Pet Rescue
One Dog at a Time Rescue

LaPorte County
Camp Cavy Rescue
Great Lakes Greyhound of Indiana
LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter
Michiana Humane Society & SPCA
Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue
Mixed Up Mutts, Inc.

Lagrange County
Ark Animal Sanctuary

Lake County
2×2 Rescue
ABRA, Inc. (All Breeds Rescue Angels)
All-American Dachshund Rescue – Northern Midwest
Bella’s Babies Rescue
Child & Pet Relief Fund (CPR Fund)
Everything’s Going to Be Alright Rescue & Rehabilitation
Feline Community Network
Griffith Animal Control
HoundSong Rescue
Humane Indiana Inc.
Humane Society of Hobart Inc.
Humane Society of Northwest Indiana
I Wanna Go Home Rescue
Illiana Rescue
K9 Rescue Mission
Last Chance Rescue Inc.
NWI Chinchilla Rescue
Pawsome Wags N Wiggles Inc.
Schererville Animal Control & Shelter
Second Chance 4 Pets Network
Sunshine Paws
Treasured Friends Rescue of Indiana
Whiting Animal Control

Lawrence County
White River Humane Society

Madison County
The Animal Protection League
Elwood Animal Care & Control
Madison County Humane Society

Marion County
Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership (ARPO)
Casa Del Toro Pit Bull Rescue
Cats Haven
Central Indiana Foster Cats
Central Indiana Lab Rescue & Adoption
Circle City Kitties
Every Dog Counts Rescue
FACE Low-Cost Animal Clinic
Far-Fetched Dog Rescue
Five Points Ferrets Rescue
Heaven After Hell Rescue
Indiana House Rabbit Society
Indianapolis Animal Care Services (Dogs)
Indianapolis Animal Care Services (Cats)
Indianapolis Humane Society
Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue
IndyCLAW Animal Rescue
Love of Labs
Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue, Inc.
Luv a Dog Rescue
Medical Mutts
Mended Hearts Rescue
Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue
Pink Heart Rescue
Rosie’s Southside Animal Shelter
Waldo’s Muttley Crew

Marshall County
Mastiffs R’ Us, Inc.

Martin County
Martin County Humane Society

Miami County
City of Peru Animal Care & Control

Montgomery County
Animal Welfare League

Monroe County
Bloomington Animal Shelter
The Nest

Morgan County
Morgan County Humane Society
The Four-Legged Ranch
Westie/Scottie Rescue of Martinsville

Newton County
Heavenly Paws Haven, Inc.

Noble County
Humane Society of Noble County, Inc.

Ohio County
Ohio County Animal Shelter

Orange County
Great Babies Rescue Inc.
Orange County Humane Society

Owen County
Country Critters Farm & Sanctuary
Indiana German Shepherd Dog & Siberian Husky Rescue
Owen County Humane Society

Parke County
Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society

Perry County
Perry County Animal Shelter

Pike County
Pike Animal Welfare Shelter (PAWS)

Porter County
Begin Again Rescue Co.
Giant Paw Prints Inc.
Guardians of the Green Mile Inc.
Lakeshore Paws
Lucky Mutts Animal Rescue
Porter County Animal Shelter
Redemption German Shepherd Rescue

Posey County
PC Pound Puppies
Posey Humane Society

Pulaski County
AMS Animal Rescue Fund
Pulaski Animal Center

Putnam County
Creekside Animal Rescue
Humane Society of Putnam County
People United 4 Pets (4PUPS)
The Ark Foster Care Program

Randolph County
Collie Rescue of Indiana
PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Animal Rescue & Shelter
Rescue Me R.C.H.S. Inc.

Ripley County
People Assisting Animals in Need
Ripley County Humane Society

Rush County
Rushville Animal Shelter

Scott County
Humane Society of Scott County

Shelby County
Animal Outreach of Shelby County
Canine Castaways Rescue
Shelbyville/Shelby County Animal Control

Spencer County
Shebang’s Rescue
Spencer County Humane Society

St. Joseph County
All 4 Animals Rescue
Camp K9 Rescues
Dream Paws
Heartland Small Animal Rescue Inc.
Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Group, Inc.
Humane Society of St. Joseph County
Pet Refuge
PetsConnect! Inc.
South Bend Animal Care & Control

Starke County
Save a Dog Rescue
Starke County Humane Society

Steuben County
Community Humane Shelter of Steuben County

Sullivan County
Humane Society of Sullivan County

Switzerland County
Switzerland County Animal Shelter

Tippecanoe County
Happy Tails Adoptions
Loving Heart Animal Shelter
Loving Paws Animal Center
North Central Indiana Spay & Neuter at Crystal Creek Kennels
PawSwaP of Greater Lafayette
South Central Newfoundland Rescue

Union County
Adopt-A-Dog Inc.
Liberty Acres United Rescue Animal Sanctuary

Vanderburgh County
Another Chance for Animals
It Takes a Village Canine Rescue
Tri-State Yorkie & Small Breed Rescue
Vanderburgh Humane Society

Vigo County
Dog It Dig It Rescue, Inc.
Joey’s Home Senior Dog Rescue
Terre Haute Humane Society

Wabash County
Wabash County Animal Shelter

Warrick County
All American Dawgs
Warrick Humane Society

Washington County
Humane Society of Washington County

Wayne County
A 2nd Chance Animal Rescue of Richmond, Inc.
Adopt at Help the Animals Inc.
Animal Care Alliance

Wells County
Bluffton Animal Shelter

White County
Happy Tails Animal Care Center

Whitley County
Whitley County Humane Society

Multiple Locations
Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue

Indiana Animal Cruelty Laws
If you suspect an animal is being abused or you know someone committing any form of animal cruelty, please call your local law enforcement immediately. Here is a link to Indiana’s Animal Cruelty Laws.

*Disclaimer: Views expressed on this page are my opinion – I’m an animal-lover and dog mom, not a veterinarian or legal advocate for any specific organization.  I have had unsuccessful adoptions myself, so I’m definitely not an expert … I just know what has and has not worked for me and my family and I accept no legal responsibility if adoptions are unsuccessful.  My blog was created to spread awareness about animals needing homes, promote adoption over shopping and breeding and encourage spaying and neutering to help put an end to unnecessary euthanasia. I strongly encourage everyone to do their own research (beyond this blog) before adopting an animal … good luck!