The Vanderburgh Humane Society (VHS) was founded in 1957 and celebrated their 60th anniversary last summer. Their mission is “Leading our community to eliminate pet overpopulation through Spay/Neuter, Adoption, and Humane Education.” They are an open-admission shelter accepting domestic homeless animals from all over the region, regardless of species, temperament, age, health, or circumstance. The VHS typically takes in around 900-950 dogs each year, more than 100 of whom are considered “seniors,” age 7 and older.
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The mission of Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter is to rescue dogs and cats and nurture and restore them to happy, healthy lives in loving homes. Approximately 1800 dogs and cats are adopted from their shelter every year. They work closely with their local animal control facility (Indianapolis Animal Care Services) and have transferred 11,000 animals from their overcrowded shelter to Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter since 2009. Their director visits animal control several times each week and has a reputation for being willing to accept medically urgent and senior animals in need.
The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is Indiana’s only open admission, truly no-kill shelter. With 3,100 intakes each year and a 98% placement rate, HSHC is a haven for not only animals found in Hamilton County, but also pets at-risk for euthanasia from all over the state. HSHC serves the community through a number of different programs, including Pets Healing Vets, outreach to local school, scout groups and other organizations, and the Survivor Program.