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.
Thousands of animals come through our doors each year in need of life-saving medical care. As an open admission, truly no-kill shelter, the Humane Society for Hamilton County takes in these abused, neglected and sick fur babies and helps them through care and recovery until they find their happily ever after. These dogs and cats are never turned away because their care is too extensive or expensive – every animal deserves the chance to live, love and be loved.
The Survivor Program raises funds for all life-saving medical care as well as the costs associated with rescuing over 250 animals at-risk for euthanasia each year in Indiana kill shelters.
You can donate to the care of these animals or directly sponsor an animal. Meet our past and present Survivors in need below.
Ozzie came to us in pain and cranky after she was declawed on all 4 paws. We've provided surgical relief and aftercare, and now she's happy and hoping to find her new home!
John Deere is a 9 years-young Coonhound mix with heartworms. The Survivor Program is allowing us to treat his Heartworm Disease while we find him his new home.
Eloise came to us FiV+ and very sick, with an ulcer in her eye. We're treating this 12 year-old lady and helping her feel better and gain weight.
We transferred Caesar in from another shelter and we're treating his Heartworm Disease and providing him the medical care he needs to thrive. He's such a good boy!
Hunter has Cushing's Disease and Horner's Syndrome in his eye. We're providing treatment and medication to make this 9 year-old Hound happy and healthy.
Willa came to us with Feline Megacolon. We're providing her treatments to maximize her quality-of-life and make her comfortable and happy. She loves people and is so sweet!
Age: 2 years old
Orangie was surrendered in March of 2019 with a significant wound on her front leg. In order to prevent the spread of infection and other risks, Orangie’s leg was amputated. She made a miraculous recovery and was adopted just a month after her surgery, and now spends her days loving on the four members of her household.
Age: 4 years old
Reese came to HSHC as a stray in 2018. As a young, high-energy dog, being in and out of the shelter five times took its toll. He had what we call “happy tail” and needed his tail docked. He needed a little help to deal with the uncertainty and instability of moving from home to home, and was prescribed anxiety medication.
Cost of Care: $1,400
Age: 1 year old
Dunes came to us as a stray, experiencing a cough and ultimately diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection. The cough persisted, and it was found that Dunes was suffering from a disease in his airway. With some TLC and the right medications, Dunes has been on the road to healing and has made tremendous improvements. He now spends his time in his adoptive home, playing with his canine and feline siblings and loving on his mom.
Cost of Care: $450
Age: 7 years old
Ruby struggled for five years to find a forever home. She found herself at the shelter for the fourth and last time in October of 2019. Finding a family for Ruby that would be committed to keeping her healthy would be a challenge, but she was no less deserving of the chance to love and be loved than any other animal. Ruby’s intestinal health issues weren’t life-threatening, but she needed medication and a special diet along with daily monitoring. There was a lot hurdles to ensure a quality of life she and every animal wants and deserves. Ruby found her pack two months later in December, and continues to do well.
Age: 10 years old
Before being adopted, Phoenix held a title that no animal wants: Longest Resident. For eight months, this senior struggled on and off with painful urinary blockages and anxiety. Phoenix was treated with medication and was fed a special diet, and slowly began showing improvements. A mass was found in Phoenix’s mouth and a biopsy was recommended to ensure it was non-life-threatening. Results indicated the mass was benign, great news to all after the struggles Phoenix had endured. One unsuspecting day, Phoenix’s angel walked into the shelter – and the rest is history.
Cost of Care: $700
Age: 5 years old
Riley’s life was saved by the Survivor Program in October of 2018 after being transferred in from another shelter. Shortly after arriving, she began receiving treatment for the significant yeast infection covering her skin, ear infections, along with an upper respiratory infection. Riley continued her recovery in a foster home for the following weeks, and ultimately stayed with the family – they had fallen in love and couldn’t imagine their family without her.