About Us

Welcome to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County Indiana’s website.  Incorporated in 1886, we are one of Indiana’s oldest service organizations and still the areas largest animal care facility. Servicing the greater St. Joseph County region and multiple municipalities, the HSSJC sees over 3,000 animals each year. Providing a vast array of community services and educational programs the Humane Society of St. Joseph County truly looks to embody it’s motto of “WE CARE” on many levels.

Operating the Department of Animal Welfare, the Humane Society of St. Joseph County’s Humane Officers respond to over 2,500 cruelty, neglect, nuisance and abuse calls each year. Comprising a team of highly trained officers with specialized study in everything from equine science to criminal justice, the Department of Animal Welfare is dedicated to ensuring the humane treatment of all animals within our community!

Our Mission

To instill reverence for all life and to enhance the human/animal bond through the compassionate care of animals and community education.

View Contact Information, Business hours and Adoption Hours by clicking here.

We are currently updating our website so please excuse any pages that may be incomplete or unfinished.

The Community Shelter

The Humane Society of St. Joseph County is the community’s shelter. We are the animal control and shelter agency for St. Joseph County, Osceola, Lakeville, Mishawaka, New Carlisle, North Liberty, Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s/Holy Cross, and Walkerton Indiana. Each animal that finds safe haven at the Humane Society is recorded along with their disposition.

We take great pride in the extensive care we give to each animal at our facility. Through a partnership with our community, adoptions, owner reclaims, rescues and other live-release options, we try to guarantee each animal has the best chance possible at finding a forever home. We do not euthanize animals because of space or time limitations. For this reason, we can only accept animals from within our jurisdictions.



2506 Grape Rd. Mishawaka, IN 46545



(574) 255-4726