We’re Indiana’s only open admission, truly no-kill animal shelter.

News & Announcements

  • PSA Wins National Award

    Check out our award-winning PSA featuring the scoop on this year's Parade-a-Bull celebration!

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  • 2018 Brackets for Good

    We have advanced to the 2nd Round! Our next match-up is another formidable competitor: Indianapolis Children's Choir. Second round ends Friday, March 16th.

    Join our Team
  • Parade-a-Bull March 31

    The event features merchandise and service vendors, pet photos, food, pet microchipping and our first annual Best-in-Show Competition.

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  • 30% off Purses

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  • Featured Dog: Zoey Anne

    Don't let the scars and sadness on Zoey Anne's face fool you. When she's outside the concrete walls of the kennel, her face lights up.

    Zoey Anne's Story
  • Featured Kitty: Keller

    We can't believe this handsome man is still here. While he is very cautious, once he gets used to a person and learns to trust, he's a warm and sweet kitty!

    About Keller
  • Shop Our Wish List

    It's easier to help HSHC than you think. In fact, you can simply pick up a few extra items on your next trip to the store! Check out our wish list to see what we need most.

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The Humane Society for Hamilton County is currently Indiana’s only open admission, truly no-kill animal shelter, but we hope that changes. We give every treatable, savable, rehabilitatable animal the second chance it deserves.

With your support, we always will.

our story by the numbers


Animals Received in 2017


HSHC Placement Rate Percentage in 2017


Average National Placement Rate Percentage


Number of Lost Pets Reunited with Families in 2017


Years In Operation

  • 01.

    Time Is Money

    And the more volunteers we have, the farther every dollar goes. Day-in, day-out, our amazing volunteers help provide the love, care, and organizational support needed to help every animal find its forever home.

  • 02.

    Open Homes Open Hearts

    Our foster network provides stressed animals with a break from shelter life, sick animals a quiet place to recover, and pets with behavior challenges more experience in a home setting.

    Plus, fostering helps ensure we always have kennels and cages available for incoming animals.


  • 03.

    Innovation In Action

    From Pets Healing Vets, which pairs Indiana veterans suffering from PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury with emotional support animals, to our Survivor Program, which provides emergency medical care, you’ll find plenty of ways to plug in and help.

  • 04.

    Knowledge is Power

    The more you know, the more you can help. Sign up for our newsletter, learn what to do if you need to report an abused, lost, or found animal, get pet training tips and tricks, find animal-related services in your area, and much more!

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Adoption Success Story: Patrick

Read Patrick's Success Story

Patrick is one of 11 dogs at risk for euthanasia that HSHC rescued the week before Christmas.  Patrick was 12 years old, heartworm positive and arthritic.  He is a perfect example of the kinds of animals on which we focus our out-of-county rescue efforts.  We believe these old souls deserve second chances too.   Happy Tails Patrick!

“Patrick is doing wonderful in his new home. He is such a fighter! Despite being heartworm positive he has never skipped a beat. He is living his best life taking plenty of naps, playing with his new sister Indy, and eating lots of treats! He has already won over his mom’s heart and has quickly become a member of the family. He is looking forward to the spring sunshine and walking on the Monon Trail very soon!” – Christine, Patrick’s Mom

  • Your facility is a truly special place, and you never give up.

    Kim Zabinski

  • Fostering is my way of giving back to the animals who haven’t found their forever homes yet.

    Alex Patten

  • HSHC makes it very easy to get involved and be a part of something wonderful!

    Christy Baugh

  • HSHC does such a wonderful job of taking care of so many homeless, neglected babies!

    Michele Lassaux-Harlan

  • God bless you and your staff for being the animals’ best chance for a second chance.

    Kim Zabinski

  • I’m very fortunate to be able to contribute to the HSHC on a regular basis!

    Michele Lassaux-Harlan

Love & Let Live

Every animal deserves a second chance at love — and life. We invite you to be part of the solution and give back to the animals who give us so much.