Love & Let Live

Give cats and dogs a second chance at life!

News & Announcements

  • Featured Cat: Purple

    This 2-year-old, 13-pound, female, orange and black Torbie came to live at the shelter in May 2018. She's a very loveable cat who can't wait to find furever home...

    About Purple
  • Featured Dog: Princess

    She's a sweet-natured 3-year-old terrier mix. Princess loves to cuddle with people, but can be a little frightened by new animals...

    About Princess
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  • 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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  • Pets, Perks, and Paychecks

    Now hiring Cattery Attendant and Foster Program Manager.

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The Humane Society for Hamilton County is one of the only open admission, truly no-kill animal shelters in the country, 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 2018


HSHC Placement Rate Percentage in 2018


Average National Placement Rate Percentage


Number of Lost Pets Reunited with Families in 2018


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!

Meet Our Corporate Sponsors
    • Woofstock Sponsor
    • Sponsor
    • Speck's Pet Supplies, Sponsor
    • Affordable Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Sponsor
    • Centier Bank, Sponsor, Woofstock
    • Woofstock Sponsor, Melissa Dickie

Adoption Success Story: Rocket

Read Rocket's Success Story

I saw Rocket’s picture on social media. Meeting Rocket was an intimidating experience for us to say the least. We were told that we would just be walking alongside the handler, not speaking to Rocket or tossing him treats. He clearly had a rough life.

HSHC told us that persistence and patience would be crucial to adopting Rocket. We continued to come back for the next five days. I remember thinking that we might not have made the best choice. But each day we came, Rocket’s heart started opening to us and ours to him. One day, Rocket ran to us in the yard,  jumped on my lap – no muzzle or leash, just love. In that moment, I knew we were his and he was ours.

There were a few rough days after we brought him home. But, all of those crazy day pale in comparison to the good ones. He needed someone to love him unconditionally and he would offer the same. Even when someone (even a dog) looks or acts unlovable, they still have value. Thank you for taking a chance on us, Rocket!

– Mark and Leticia Wehlage

  • 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.