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7929 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN


Adoption Lobby Hours

Monday 1pm - 7pm
Tuesday 1pm - 7pm
Wednesday 1pm - 7pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 1pm - 7pm
Saturday 11am - 6pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm
Major Holidays Closed

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Pet Loss Support Group

November 7th, 2017

Join us to share memories about your pet with pet lovers who have had similar experiences.

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Great Indy Pet Expo

November 11th, 2017

Stop by IndyHumane's booth at Indy's largest celebration of pets and pet people!

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Turkey Bowling at Kroger

November 17th, 2017

Bowl with turkeys for a good cause!

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Volunteer Requirements

Shelter Volunteer Program

Volunteers are very important at IndyHumane. As a non-profit organization, we rely on the assistance of caring, animal-loving individuals in all of our programs.


  1. Must be at least 16 years of age
    • Some opportunities require individuals are at least 18 years of age or at least 21 years of age
  2. Minimum commitment of 8 hours/month and must commit to a weekly or bi-weekly schedule
    • Examples: Every Wednesday from 5-7pm or Alternate Saturdays from 2-6pm
  3. Volunteer Fees: $15 due at Basic Training (Step 2 of Training)
    • Fees help cover the costs of Volunteer Shirts and Volunteer Database which tracks schedules and hours
    • Fees are per person
  4. Must present Photo ID at Basic Training
  5. Must be able to communicate professionally, as human interaction is a requirement of all volunteer roles
  6. Must understand and fulfill all responsibilities of their role independently
  7. Must read and comprehend detailed policy and protocol information, as well as being able to remember and follow shelter rules
  8. Must be able to hear, see, and interpret animal behavior and body language
  9. Be able to physically fulfill the duties of their volunteer role.
    • Most volunteer roles require volunteers to: be able to stand, and/or walk for at least 2 hours; be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs.; be able to reach and lift; possess vision abilities including close vision, distance vision and depth perception; be able to talk to customers, employees and other volunteers.
  10. Must be able to emotionally manage a workplace that can be stressful with a positive attitude

Volunteers with Special Needs: 

Volunteers who are unable to volunteer independently must have an adult partner, who is at least 21 years of age, to complete training and volunteer alongside them at all times.

Volunteering independently means that, without assistance, you are able to:
    •Complete training without modifications
    •Read our Kennel Cards
    •Understand written and spoken                  instruction
    •Handle animals physically
    •Understand and complete tasks for the      position you choose
    •Communicate with other Volunteers,          Staff, and Customers

Steps to Become a Shelter Volunteer:

  1. Attend a Volunteer Information Session (Week #1)
    • You will learn facts and important information about IndyHumane. You will also learn about our Shelter Volunteer Program Opportunities and complete a Shelter Volunteer Application if you are interested in continuing on with training.
    • You may sign up for an info session (or see an option if you are unable to attend an Info Session) here. You will be contacted via email the week of the session with more details.
  2. Complete Basic Training (Week #2)
    • You will receive a tour of IndyHumane. You will also receive detailed information about the workings of our shelter, disease prevention, and customer service.
  3. Complete an Intro to Shelter Canines/Felines Course (Week #3)
    • All potential Volunteers who will interact with dogs/cats are required to complete this course. You will learn the proper way to interact with shelter dogs/cats, learn basic handling techniques, and learn how to deal with problem situations.
  4. Complete a Shadow Day (Week #4)
    • You will spend a shift with an experienced Volunteer or Staff Member in the area you are interested in donating time. This will help us determine if you are volunteering in the area best suited for you and our needs can be met.
    • Training is set up so that you may complete all steps within 4 weeks. Once you have completed these steps, you'll be an IndyHumane Volunteer and can start donating time and love to the animals in our shelter.
  5. Complete a Buddy Day for Canine Volunteers (Week #5)
    • After successfully completing a Shadow Day and setting a set weekly or bi-weekly schedule, Canine Volunteers will complete a Buddy Day. There is a lot of information learned throughout training and because the tasks related to our Canine Positions are so involved, we want to be sure you are comfortable before volunteering independently. On this day, an experienced Volunteer will partner you during your first Volunteer Shift for support and guidance.

If you have any questions, please see our FAQ or contact the Director of Volunteer Services.

Adoption Hours

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