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Ready to adopt your new best friend?

  1. Find a pet on our website? Check their location- most of our pets are at our Michigan Road adoption center, but some are in foster homes or in our enrichment programs. Those pets will have online applications. If they are an adoptable pet at our Michigan Road shelter…
  2. Bring your family (along with a photo ID) to the shelter to meet the dog or cat you are interested in. It’s always best to have everyone in the household present when meeting your potential new best friend — you want everyone to get along! Please do not bring any pets with you at this time- your adoption counselor will schedule an introduction if needed. 
  3. Read the information about the dog or cat on his or her kennel card, and if they seem like a good fit for your home and lifestyle, bring the kennel card to our front desk!
  4. Once you hand in the kennel card, our staff will give you a Dog Adoption Application or Cat Adoption Application to fill out while you wait to meet with an Adoption Counselor. Please note, all adoption applications must be received at least one hour prior to closing to ensure ample time for processing and counseling.
  5. Meet with an Adoption Counselor to discuss the dog or cat’s needs, history, and behavior to determine whether or not they’re your perfect match. And if they are…
  6. Start loving your new best friend! Most pets can go home the same day.
    Cats need to leave in a sturdy, secure carrier. Dogs must leave on a leash and collar (no retractable leads, no prong/choke/chain collars). You can bring these items with you, or purchase them at IndyHumane!
    Need supplies to get your pet off on the right paw?
    Our Re-Tail shop has all the necessities you need for your pets’ first days in your home. Our prices are low, and all the proceeds come right back to help the pets who are still waiting for their forever homes. 
Interested in a more detailed description of our process? Click here!

a few things to keep in mind…

  • Adoptions are done on a first-come, first served basis.
  • All adoptions must be done in person. We cannot place holds or do adoptions over the phone or online.
  • If you apply to adopt and decide you need a day to think about it, you can place a hold until the end of the next business day for a $30 fee.
  • All adoption applications must be received one hour prior to closing in order to ensure ample time for processing and counseling.

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Nine Lives

What is Nine Lives Cat Cafe?
It’s a place to unwind with a cup of coffee and the relaxing hum of a cat purring on your lap! Nine Lives Cat Cafe provides a unique atmosphere for coffee and tea drinkers while providing a loving space for adoptable cats from IndyHumane. And not only is it fun for both the humans and the cats, it’s also helping us save lives. The additional level of exposure that Nine Lives offers our feline friends has helped get some of our most social cats adopted into loving homes more quickly than they would if they were in our shelter environment.

Learn more about Nine Lives Cat Cafe by visiting their website!

  • IndyHumane Adoption Center & Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic
  • at 7929 N. Michigan Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46268
  • Vaccine Hours
  • Monday / 1pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday / 1pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday / closed
  • Thursday / closed
  • Friday / 1pm - 7pm
  • Saturday / 11am - 6 pm
  • Sunday / closed
  • Visiting Hours
  • Monday / 1pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday / 1pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday / 1pm - 7pm
  • Thursday / closed
  • Friday / 1pm - 7pm
  • Saturday / 11am - 6 pm
  • Sunday / 11am - 4pm
  • Downtown Low-Cost Spay/Neuter & Vaccine Clinic
  • at 456 N. Holmes Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46222
  • Vaccine Hours
  • Monday / closed
  • Tuesday / closed
  • Wednesday / 4 - 6 pm
  • Thursday / 4 - 6 pm
  • Friday / 4 - 6 pm
  • Saturday / 10 am - 4 pm
  • Sunday / closed
  • Schedule your spay/neuter surgery here