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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. Bring the animal’s green kennel card (located on the front of the kennel) to the adoption lobby. Cards printed on white paper indicate the animal is not currently
    available for adoption (these animals also do not appear on the web site)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. Please remember: this is an adoption of a rescued pet, not a purchase; the adoption counselor may determine a particular pet is not a good match for your
    family or lifestyle, or might recommend another pet who may be a better fit!
    You’ll meet with an Adoption Counselor to discuss your desired 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!
  7. 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. 

a few things to keep in mind…

  • Adopters must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Adoptions are done on a first-come, first served basis.
  • All adoptions must be done in person. We cannot place holds, pay “deposits”, or do adoptions over the phone or online.
  • Need a day to get ready? Once you have sat through a counsel and been approved to adopt, you can place your pet on hold until the end of the next business day with a $30 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit. If the adoption isn’t completed, the fee becomes a donation toward that pets’ care. There are no “second” or “third” holds, and only one hold may be placed on an animal at a time. Hold deposits cannot be transferred to another animal if the first adoption is not completed or approved for any reason, including if an dog-to-dog introduction does not go well. There are also cases where a no-fee hold may be required by the shelter in order to complete the adoption process.
  • All adoption applications must be received at least one hour prior to closing in order to ensure ample time for processing and counseling.
  • Many adoptions can be completed the same day, but some may require additional time. Please be understanding if the pet you have chosen cannot go home with you that day. We are open for adoptions 6 days a week and almost all adoptions can be completed within 2 days.

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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