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In Field Return to Owner Services Now Offered!

Is your Pet’s Tag and Microchip Information Current? Rabies Vaccine up to date?

When on calls, if our Animal Control Officers find loose animals with tags and microchips, they will try and return the animal to it’s home before bringing the animal to HSEC.

This helps frees up space at HSEC, relieves the stress on the animal and reduces kennel fees. Proof of current rabies vaccinations is required to reclaim your animal.

If the animal has no tags, microchip or outdated contact information, the animal will be brought to HSEC for reclaim.
Click for a current list of animals at HSEC waiting to be reclaimed

Please take a moment and confirm that your pets microchip information is correct.
Click to check your microchip number

Are they wearing tags that are legible and current?

Help us get your animal home safe!






**11-26-2021 UPDATE ** Coronavirus Information

Limited Staff Currently due to Covid exposure – Limited Staff Available!

Animal Control & Adoptions – Due to a Covid exposure, we are experiencing limited staff currently. Animal Control will be running emergency calls only and our shelter staff will be limited. We are asking everyone to call to schedule an appointment to meet animals for adoption, all animals and applications can be found on our website.

Owner Surrenders/Stray Animals – We are not accepting owner surrendered animals until further notice. If you have found a stray dog, we will be accepting them if you are unable to hold on to them until an owner is found. We are asking that only stray cats that are ill or injured be brought into HSEC. We encourage you to utilize the local lost and found pet pages and neighborhood pages on social media. If you have found a stray animal, or lost an animal please call our office to file a report, we reunite many animals everyday without them being brought to HSEC. The found animals currently at HSEC will be listed on our website at


Meet our adoption animals online at


Fill out an adoption application at


Email or Phone our staff at [email protected] | 574-848-4225

Delays – We apologize in advance for any delays but our goal is to keep our animals, staff and community safe and healthy

Rehoming Your Pet

No one wants to think about having to rehome their pet. Life can change quickly and sometimes this is a tough decision an owner has to make. Here is some information and options available for those facing this situation.

Before you release your animal to the shelter, ensure that this is truly the decision you want to make and no other options are available.

Reach out to family and friends – You may have other friends or relatives who would want to continue to provide a loving home for your animal or may know of a way to help keep the pet in your home.

Resources – If a lack of resources is the reason you need to surrender your animal – talk to us! There are options for help, including food assistance and other community resources to  help keep pets in their homes.

Rehoming with Adopt-a Pet – Adopt a Pet and the Petco Foundation have created a Rehome program. You can visit the website at to learn more. Through their website, they will assist you in creating a profile for your pet and also assist in the process of finding the best home available for that pet.

After having exhausted all other efforts, please contact the Humane Society at 574-848-4225 for assistance. We accept animals only from Elkhart County.

Contacting HSEC to Release your Pet – Last year over 5,500 animals entered our shelter, our goal is to find homes and rescues for all animal entering our shelter. Sometimes we do not have space to accept animals immediately and an appointment to surrender your pet will be made.

We will discuss resources available to you to help you keep your pet

We will make sure your pet is posted on Adopt-a-pet

We will explain the fees associated with surrendering your pet

You must fill out an incoming dog/cat form so our pet assistance and rehoming specialists can review prior to your visit, this information is very important and needed to help determine the future of your pet. Please fill out the form as completely as possible.

Owned Cat Profile Form     |     Owned Dog Profile Form

Upon submitting your pet’s profile, someone on our staff will be in contact with you soon as soon as possible.

On the day you release your animal, you will need to bring your driver’s license or valid ID to confirm you are a resident of Elkhart County.  Also bring any vet records you have which provides valuable information about your animal’s vaccinations or medical history.

You will complete an owner release form.  A fee will be assessed for release of the animal and will vary depending on whether or not the animal has aggression issues, has bitten or is extremely ill.

Once you release your pet to us, it is final.  No further information will be provided to you or anyone else regarding the status of the animal.  Upon release, the Humane Society has the right to determine the appropriate disposition of the animal. 

Not all animals admitted to the shelter are considered adoptable.  During the spring and summer months, the shelter admits over 500 to 600+ animals per month.  Some animals may be deemed adoptable and selected for adoption; some may go to other collaborating animal welfare and rescue agencies; some may be sent to foster locations until they can be adopted; and some may not be deemed suitable for adoption and may have to be euthanized.

Every situation is different, for more information, we encourage you to contact our staff directly at 574-848-4225.