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Surrender a Pet

We are a limited-admission facility.  We do not put animals down (euthanize) due to space or time constraints. We only take in as many as we can commit to each week.

You will need to call for an appointment, for both strays and owner-surrenders.   We know there are many more animals in need than we can take in. We are often booked several weeks in advance. Some people have had to wait more than a month for an appointment. Please do everything you can during the wait to find a home for your pet yourself. If you are having a behavior issue with your pet, we can help. Free behavior consultations are available. Click here for information on our free behavior services for cats and dogs.

If you’ve exhausted all options to keep your pet or find a new home for him or her, call 317.872.5650 x 0 to make an appointment. We don't have staff to answer calls live, so please leave a message and we'll call back as quickly as possible. Age and health of your pet may be considered as part of the surrender process. Strays in your possession for 14 days or longer are considered owned. We do not accept feral cats, small mammals or wild animals, though we can help you find a rescue organization that can help.

IndyHumane requires a $40 fee to drop off an animal. We do not receive any tax money or funding from national animal welfare groups for the care of our animals, and we invest between $600 - $800 in the average animal's care.

If you are not able to wait for an appointment and must surrender the animal immediately you can contact the Indianapolis city animal shelter, Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) listed below.  Please note that IACS is inadequately funded by tax dollars and is overwhelmed as well. They took in 14,820 animals in 2012. 6,671 were killed primarily due to lack of space. 

Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS)

Indianapolis Animal Care Services

2600 South Harding St.
Indianapolis, IN  46221

Animal Intake Hours:
Sunday : 10am - 5pm
Monday: 10am - 5pm
Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Adoption Center Hours:
Sunday : 10am - 6pm
Monday: 10am - 6pm
Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm

  • No appointment is needed, but there may be a wait time at the receiving door.
  • To request assistance or report animal abuse, call the Mayor's Action Center at 317.327.4622
  • You can also submit a request on-line:
  • For general questions for Animal Care and Control, call their business office at 317.327.1397
  • For after-hours urgent animal matters, call the police non-emergency number at 317.327.3811.


For Stray and Feral Cats

For assistance with outdoor cats, contact IndyHumane's Animal Welfare Center. For $25 you can get a feral cat their spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccine, fvrcp, and a mandatory ear tip.

Adoption Hours

Click below to see hours and locations for our Low-Cost Vaccine Clinics!

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