There are other options besides surrendering your dog or cat to the Hamilton County Humane Society or the Humane Society of Indianapolis
Dog or cat rehoming or surrendering to the Hamilton County Humane Society shelter is something that most people never anticipate when first bringing home a pet. It may be a decision that you have agonized over for weeks or months. It may be a decision that you find you have to make in just a few hours or a few short days. As fast as life can change, you may suddenly find yourself trying to find a new home for your pet.
Many people will be quick to judge you when you rehome a pet or decide to take them to the Hamilton County Humane Society / Humane Society for Hamilton County or Indianapolis Humane Society. As you are faced with this decision, please keep in mind that you know your situation and your pet the best. Make this tough decision with only the best interest of your pet in mind. Others may judge from a distance, but only you can do what is right for you and your pet.
Even if you can’t keep her any more, your pet still depends on you to do what’s best for her. Now, more than ever, she needs you to make the right choices for her future.
Until she finds a new home, your pet is your responsibility. She has no one else but you to look out for her interests. If you choose to help find her a new home yourself, it’ll take effort, patience and persistence to find her the right home.
HERE ARE SOME BASIC REQUIREMENTS THAT SHOULD BE YOUR RESPOSIBILITY BEFORE EVEN ATTEMPTING TO REHOME OR SURRENDER A PET TO THE HAMILTON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY OR INDIANAPOLIS HUMANE SOCIETY SHELTERS
Make sure the animal is up to date on vet needs if possible. If you can say the pet is up to date on shots and heartworm preventative, the pet will likely be easier to place in a new home. Call our office at 317-721-7387 if you need catching your pet up on needed veterinary care.
Spay/neuter pet if not already done. If you don’t do it, the Hamilton County Humane Society or Indianapolis Humane Society shelters will, adding an additional burden to their already strained budgets.
Make your pet as presentable as possible—a good grooming, or even just a bath and a nail trim can go a long way in increasing people’s interest in your pet.
CONSIDER REHOMING YOUR PET DOG OR CAT INSTEAD OF TAKING THEM TO THE HAMILTON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY OR INDIANAPOLIS HUMANE SOCIETY
To “rehome” a pet means you personally find a new home for your pet. Not only is this method the most reliable, it’s also the cheapest for society since funding to pay for a shelter to house your pet until they get adopted isn’t needed.
Here are some great rehoming options:
Call the breeder, rescue, or person you originally got your dog from. Responsible breeders will either assist you in finding a new home or take the dog back to rehome themselves. Many rescues have in their contracts that the dog is to be returned no matter how much time has passed.
Post a listing on Craigslist
Post a listing on your Facebook page, or through other social media outlets (Twitter, etc.)
Post a listing on petfinder.com Petfinder will now only publicize listings from registered shelters and rescues!
Locate a breed-specific rescue in your area, and work with them to find a new home for your pet
Buy a classified ad in the local SUNDAY newspaper (when readership is at its highest)
Put up flyers in local stores, laundromats, libraries, veterinary clinics, pet stores, anywhere they will be accepted
USE POSITIVE LANGUAGE in your ad. If you think your dog should not be around kids, say “best for an adult household” or “prefers children over 10 (or whatever)” instead of just “no kids”. If your cat doesn’t like other cats, you can say “prefers to be an only pet”, instead of “no other cats”.
INCLUDE A GREAT PHOTOGRAPH. Be descriptive in your flyer. What tricks do they know? Are they spayed/neutered, up to date on shots, housebroken, crate trained. You are essential writing a “personals ad” for your pet.
COMMON SENSE WARNINGS ABOUT REHOMING PETS
Never post an ad for “free dog” or “free puppy”. These ads are prime targets for dog fighters. They will pose as the perfect home for your dog, but they are really just trying to get a free dog to use as bait to train their fighting dogs.
If you do post an ad to find your dog a new home, make sure to tell the good and the bad. Disclosing the dogs true history will help ensure that you get quality responses from people who understand what they are taking on.
3. Always visit the home that your dog is going to. Do NOT hand over the dog to anyone that comes to your home and shows interest. Make sure they are who they say they are and have a home that is the right fit for the dog. Make sure your dog is not ending up in the hands of an animal hoarder.
4. NEVER rehome an unaltered pet (ie: one that has NOT been spayed or neutered). They will probably end up with a backyard breeder.
One more good option to surrendering your pet to the Hamilton County Humane Society or Humane Society of Indianapolis – Breed specific rescue groups
Sometimes, if you’re very lucky, you will find a group of like-minded pet lovers who volunteer their time and money to help rehome a particular breed.
SURRENDERING YOUR PET TO THE HAMILTON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY OR INDIANAPOLIS HUMANE SOCIETY OR INDIANAPOLIS ANIMAL CONTROL IF ALL OTHER OPTIONS HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED
To “surrender” your pet means taking your dog to the Hamilton County Humane Society or other local animal shelter or humane society or rescue group. Not every shelter will accept all pets. Depending on your situation this may or may not be an option for you.
NOTE: If an animal has been in your possession for 30 days or more, by law, they are no longer considered a “stray”. That animal belongs to you and is considered an “Owner Release”.
Shelter Option #1: for certain areas of Hamilton County
The Humane Society for Hamilton County / Hamilton County Humane Society
The Humane Society for Hamilton County / Hamilton County Humane Society :
Is REQUIRED to accept ALL pets found (ie: strays) or owned by a resident of (ie: surrenders) Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield, or the jurisdiction of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, regardless of space availability, and at NO FEE (donations are gladly accepted).
Is NOT REQUIRED to accept pets from outside these areas, and will do so only if space allows (rare), and even then, asks a $150 donation to help cover the first 7 days of care.
Accepts every dog or cat regardless of illness, injury, breed or temperament. That includes pets that have been hit by a car, pets with Parvo, EVERYBODY.
Holds stray animals for 7 days (ie: they will NOT adopt out these pets), in the hope than an owner will come forward to claim the stray animal.
Receives Hamilton County funding for the first 7 days ONLY.
From day eight, assumes all financial responsibility for an animal’s care until the animal is placed in an adoptive home.
Does NOT euthanize due to space limitations and does NOT place an arbitrary time limit on the animals in its care.
Is a “low-kill” shelter and will only euthanize pets who cannot be rehabilitated, for public safety.
Is usually full to overflowing with pets needing new homes.
Relies solely on fundraisers, adoption fees, and donations to pay for the care of animals in its care.
Is NOT affiliated with The Humane Society of Indianapolis or The Humane Society of the United States.
Anderson Humane Society 765-648-6305
Whether you choose to use the Hamilton County Humane Society or Indianapolis Humane Society , or work to find a forever home for your pet by yourself, we wish you good luck! If you are considering taking your pet to the Humane Society for Hamilton County / Hamilton County Humane Society or Humane Society of Indianapolis / Indianapolis Humane Society / Indy Humane please call Leo’s Pet Care at 317-721-7387 first to get your pet caught up on necessary veterinary care before you attempt to rehome them!