**Updated September 27, 2020**
Lost or Found a Pet – Please call us to file a report. If you are missing a pet, visit our website to see the lost pets currently residing at HSEC.
As you may know, the care of animals is an essential function and your Humane Society has remained open throughout this pandemic. We have, however, had to amend some of our protocols to keep everyone safe. We have followed the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Animal Care and Control Association.
Like you, the Humane Society of Elkhart County is working to transition back to business as usual as safely as possible. We are following a roadmap for recovery that allows us to act quickly based on the rate of positive cases in our county as reported by the state of Indiana. As the number of cases continues to decrease, we reduce our restrictions appropriately.
While we never completely closed, we restricted the number of people allowed in the facility to a few people at a time. We will be increasing that amount over time and have recently begun allowing up to fifteen people in our adoption center at a time. We are asking all visitors to wear a mask and physically distance from others while inside the facility.
As a result of the pandemic, we began to manage the intake of stray cats. We did so by asking community members to monitor any healthy cats in their neighborhood and only bring them to the shelter when it was apparent the cat could not find their way home. We are pleased that we can now accept all stray animals with no waiting period.
Once again, we will be offering trap rental and microchip implant requests.
Our volunteers are returning to help us care for the animals. In addition, we are accepting applications for new volunteers and look forward to seeing many new faces join us to help care for the animals. We are taking precautions to keep our volunteers safe including limiting the number of hours they are in the facility.
Faced with fewer adoptions and less access to the public, our animals need YOU more than ever! Our Paws for A Cause 5K Run and 1 Mile Mutt Strutt has been postponed until the spring. We are currently holding a virtual Best In Show event. Please consider participating by voting for your favorite celebrity animal at www.elkharthumanesociety.org/best-in-show/.
For additional information on our protocols please visit our website at www.elkharthumanesociety.org or contact me at 574-848-4225.
Thank you for all your support!
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. You may have other friends or relatives who would want to continue to provide a loving home for your animal.
Adopt a Pet and the Petco Foundation have created a Rehome program. You can visit the website at rehome.adoptapet.com 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, you will need to contact the Humane Society at 574-848-4225 to set up an appointment to release your animal. This allows the shelter appropriate time to accommodate animals coming in other than strays. We accept animals only from Elkhart County (excluding Nappanee City which is serviced by another animal welfare agency).
On the day your 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, any vet records you have which provides valuable information about your animal’s vaccinations or medical history are very helpful.
You will complete an owner release form, which will ask for information about the animal that may help us find a new family. 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.
The Humane Society of Elkhart County appreciates when the public provides information which allows law enforcement and the Humane Society to address potential cruelty/neglect. However, due to local and state statues, the investigative process must follow specific guidelines to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to preserve the integrity of a potential case. Here are reminder tips that will help make the Humane Society and law enforcement’s jobs effective:
- Call the Humane Society and/or law enforcement to report suspected abuse or neglect providing details that you have seen as an eye witness. Hearsay or second-hand information is not acceptable. Individual citizens and the general public do not have the authority to make any assessments or make contacts beyond authorized agencies — law enforcement and the Humane Society.
- Provide answers to questions from law enforcement of the Humane Society regarding location, nature of the abuse or neglect and your personal name and phone number in order that they may speak with you further as needed. (This information is confidential and not shared with the suspect.)
- If you are onsite, for your safety and the safety and well-being of the animals, respect the work of Humane Society and law enforcement officers and do not interfere as they are dealing with the animals.
- Understand that posting any information on social media or spreading of information which has yet to be confirmed or denied may jeopardize the investigative process and destroy the integrity of the case.
- The Humane Society’s main responsibilities include helping the animals in question and working in cooperation with law enforcement. No information will be provided during the investigative process other than such information as may be allowed by law enforcement.
- As for the future disposition of case animals, a full assessment will be conducted by the Humane Society and the Humane Society. In accordance with all legal guidelines, the Humane Society then has the authority to make determination on behalf of animals and what is best for the animals in question.