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
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:
COMMON SENSE WARNINGS ABOUT REHOMING PETS
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.
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
Humane Society for Hamilton County, 1721 Pleasant St, Noblesville, IN 46060, (317) 773-4974 Open Mon, Fri-Sun 12pm-5pm; Tue, Thu 12pm-7pm
The Humane Society for Hamilton County / Hamilton County Humane Society :
Further information can be found on the “Surrendering Your Pet to the Humane Society for Hamilton County / Hamilton County Humane Society” page of their website.
Read the Corporate Brochure (PDF) to learn more about their private organization.
Shelter Option #2: The Humane Society of Indianapolis
Humane Society of Indianapolis, 7929 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN, 46268 PHONE: 317.872.5650 x0, Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 3pm – 8pm, Thursday CLOSED, Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm
The Humane Society of Indianapolis:
Further information can be found on the “Surrendering your Pet to the Humane Society of Indianapolis / Indianapolis Humane Society” page of the IndyHumane website.
Shelter Option #3, LAST RESORT: Indianapolis Animal Care and Control
Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, 2600 South Harding St., Indianapolis, IN 46221. Open Weekdays: 10am – 6pm, Wed: 10am – 7pm, Sat: 10am – 6pm, Closed: Sun. & Holidays
No appointment is needed, but there may be a wait time at the receiving door.
To request assistance or report animal abuse, call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317.327.4622. Call Center Hours: Monday – Friday from 7:30am – 5:30pm
Indianapolis Animal Care and Control:
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A STRAY PET AFTER HOURS AND THE SHELTER IS CLOSED:
IN MARION COUNTY: For after hour emergencies including sick/injured animals, dangerous and aggressive animals and animal attacks in progress, please call 317-327-1393.
To report nuisance wildlife please call the Indiana Department of Natural Resources at 317-232-4010.
IN ALL OTHER COUNTIES:
You have two options. You can either:
Animal Control and Other Agencies:
Arcadia Non-Emergency: 317-984-5662, Emergency: 317-773-1282
Cicero Non-Emergency: 317-984-3648, Emergency: 317-773-1282
Cicero/Arcadia Waste Water Treatment Plant 317-984-3456
Noblesville 317-776-6356 / 317-773-1300
Sheridan 317-758-5293 / 317-758-5233 / 317-773-1282
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!