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

News & Announcements

  • Holiday Pet Sponsorship

    Whether you want to donate in honor of someone special, or in memory of a loved one, you can help make the holidays at HSHC a little brighter by sponsoring a pet!

    Donate to Sponsor a Pet
  • Homeward Bound for the Holidays

    Featuring our 12 Pets of Christmas, all of whom have waited longer for forever homes than any other animals in our care. Won’t you consider adopting one of these special guys?

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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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  • Featured Kitty: Aubrey

    Aubrey is a 9-year-old tabby who has been at HSHC since 2007. Please don't let her spend another Christmas here! Come see this incredibly sweet girl today.

    Learn more about Aubrey
  • Featured Dog: Ty

    This handsome guy is Ty, an 8-year-old Labrador Retriever, Shepherd mix with tons of love to give! Ty is energetic, playful and knows several commands! Come on in and meet Ty!

    Learn More About Ty
  • Tinsel & Tails 2016: New Video

    Don't miss out on seeing the most amazing stories of 2016 from our Tinsel & Tails event! Please take a moment to watch... you'll be glad you did!

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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 2015


2015 HSHC Placement Rate Percentage


2015 National Placement Rate Percentage


Percentage of Budget From Individual Donations


Percentage of Revenue Used for Medical-Related Expenses


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: Leo

Read Leo's Story

When Leo, a 12-year-old blind and diabetic Pomeranian, was surrendered to HSHC, he was NOT happy about it. Who could blame him? We don’t have people lining up for small, blind, angry dogs who need daily insulin shots.

So, one of our employees took Leo home for three months of R&R — which made all the difference. A wonderful family saw his feature on Facebook and took Leo on a foster basis. After a month, his foster Dad, Mom and two 4-legged sisters decided he was home for good. Thank you for rescuing a special needs senior!

  • 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.