Beginning March 17, 2020 our Adoption Center will be closed until further notice. However, we will still be allowing adoptions by appointment for approved applicants. Please only fill out an Adoption Application if you are seriously considering adopting a pet in the next week. We are receiving a very high volume of applications at this time, causing longer process times. The Humane Society is dedicated to the welfare of our staff, shelter animals, and community and appreciate your continued support during these unprecedented times. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

How To Adopt While the Adoption Center is Closed

  1. View our adoptable pets on our website and Facebook page: Adopt a Dog  or   Adopt a Cat  &  Facebook Page
  2. Apply to adopt on our website and indicate which animal(s) you are interested in when prompted on the online application: Click Here to Apply!
  3. Wait patiently as a Humane Society staff member processes your adoption application. This usually takes 24/48 hours but may take longer. We will call you and set up a specific time for you to visit the shelter and meet the animal(s) you are interested in.
  4. At the appointment time you’ll be able to meet our adoptable pets. If it’s a match, you’ll take your new adoptable pet home the same day!
  5. All animals must be transported home in a safe and legal manner. Bring a collar and leash or a secure pet carrier. We have cardboard cat carriers for sale at the shelter.
  6. During the adoption appointment you will sign the adoption placement agreement, receive copies of the animal’s vaccinations and other medical procedures and pay the adoption fee. We accept cash and credit. Personal checks will not be accepted.

Please note if you or a family member are sick or have been exposed to someone who is ill, we ask that you do not visit the shelter and wait to adopt until everyone in your home is well for at least two weeks.

Your new pet is spayed or neutered, microchip, current on appropriate vaccinations, heartworm disease tested (canines), FIV/Felv tested (felines). You will also receive an adoption kit and copies of the adoption contract and the pet’s medical records. Adopters are encouraged to take their new pet for an overall health exam at their veterinarian’s office within 7 days of after adoption.

Most pocket pet and farm animals are not spayed/neutered.


Purple Collar Club Dogs

Kittens (under 1 year old)

Cats (1-7 years old)

Cats (8+ years old)
$Waived Fee/Donation Only


Adopt the first cat for the adoption fee listed above and the second adoption fee will be waived. This adoption deal is only valid for cats going home together the same day. Other restrictions may apply.

Adopters from St. Joseph County (excluding South Bend city limits) will be issued a pet license. If your new pet’s adoption fee is waived, you will be responsible for the $5-$10 pet license fee at the time of adoption.

Pocket Pets
$5.00 Gerbils
$5.00 Guinea Pigs
$5.00 Hamsters
$10.00 unaltered/$20.00 altered Rabbits
$5.00 Rats
$Varies Birds

Before adopting a Pocket Pet, you will be asked to provide proof of an appropriate cage.This can be a picture of the cage or you can bring it to your adoption appointment. Most Pocket Pets are not spayed or neutered, micro-chipped or vaccinated. Pocket pets do not require a pet license.

Purple Collar Club

Often times we are the half-way home for wayward pets. Some of our adoptable pets may be seniors or have special medical needs that require extra care. These special needs and senior pets will become a member of our Purple Collar Club that offers reduced adoption fees to encourage adoptions.

Barn Cat Program

The Barn Cat program places healthy cats that aren’t suitable as pets in environments where they can flourish, working alongside humans to control rat and mice populations. Working cats can be placed successfully in barns, construction companies, police stations and other businesses looking for inexpensive and effective rodent control. This program is in partnership with The Meow Mission.

The Barn Cat program offers a safe home and better life to cats that wouldn’t otherwise be candidates for adoption, including:

  • Cats who are inconsistent with using the litter box and would do well in an indoor/outdoor environment
  • Cats who react negatively to routine handling by people and would not do well as a house cat

Working cats are often most successful when adopted in groups of two or three. Adopters must agree to provide:

  • A warm, safe shelter like a barn or shop to keep the cat protected from the elements
  • Food and clean water every day
  • Future medical care if needed
  • A way to keep the cats contained for 2-3 weeks to acclimate to new surroundings

If you or somebody you know are interested in this life-saving program, contact one of our Shelter Operations Manager Megan at (574) 255-4726 ext 0 or email her at!


Visit our adoption partners at one of these locations to see additional adoption pets.

You may see our adoptable felines at Petsmart once a month from Monday-Sunday during business hours at 4540 Grape Rd., Mishawaka IN.