Madison- Jefferson Animal Shelter

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ---- If you are interested in a pet from this site, please contact the shelter immediately by phone or email.

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Click Here to View Our Dogs for Adoption!

~ When you adopt from us you get 1 month of Shelter Care Pet Insurance FREE ( Prepaid by . However, you must activate this insurance within 10 days of adoption from us. Click on the Shelter Care banner below to find out how!~

Donate a Bed

Donate a BedWe use Patented Kuranda Dog Beds because they are durable, chew proof and easy to clean. If you would like to donate a bed to us, click here.
Our shelter dogs would love a bed to sleep on! Right now, all they have is the cold, damp concrete floor. ***********************************************************************************************************

Our Featured Dogs...

Please Give a Shelter Animal a Home!!


Rescues Welcome!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ---- If you are interested in a pet from this site, please contact the shelter immediately by phone or email. At present, there is no time to spare if you wish to adopt from this facility.

The shelter is very overcrowded!


URGENT!!! TIME LIMITED!!! We ALWAYS have puppies at the shelter. Please visit them soon!

Please Hurry!!

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Our Featured Cats...



Most of these sweet kitties will never find a home. Please be a part of the solution and SPAY & NEUTER your cats!

Come see all of our cats today!!


Please be a part of the solution, not the problem. Innocent lives depend on it! Spay/Neuter your cat NOW!


I Wait

By Karen Tracer

days into nights nights into days patiently - I wait for someone anyone to like me

an array of people pass by looking petting talking to me - I wait

I do my antics I strut my stuff I sit I stand chest puffed out I bark I purr - I wait

I am homeless no family no master no love - I wait

Patiently I wait for someone anyone to like me enough to love me and take me home

I dream I wait I am homeless like me love me please

I wait


To understand why Spaying & Neutering is so important,


Everyday is " Spay or Neuter your Pet " Day!

Why Spay or Neuter? Reasons why it benefits you, your pet & your community.

- Spay/Neuter makes your pet a better companion by reducing the urge to: spray or mark, the desire to roam, run away or get into fights( unsterilized pets often exhibit more behavior & temperament problems). It can also eliminate or reduce the threat of serious health problems that are expensive to treat such as breast and testicular cancers. - Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals. Money that could be spent on education or health care is spent on animal shelters that are overburdened with surplus animals. -An estimated 4-5 million animals are euthanized in shelters each year . This is an unnecessary tragedy that can be eliminated!

- Contact Spay/Neuter Services of Indiana, Inc at: www.spay/neuter for listings of participating vet clinics in IN.

-The F.A.C.E. spay/neuter clinic in Indianapolis offers low cost spay/neuters for cats & dogs on a regular basis. Contact them at 317-638-FACE or check out their website at: www.face spay/

-The NEUTER SCOOTER is coming to Columbus,IN !! The Neuter Scooter travels around to various cities in Indiana and will be in Columbus on the 1st Thursday of every month! For a low $40 you can get your CAT spay/neutered, a rabies vaccination and a 4 in 1 distemper vaccination! Call the Columbus Humane Society at 812-372-6063 or email them at for details. Let us know if you want the Neuter Scooter to come to Madison. www.neuter


A big welcome to INDIANA - PAW!

They are a new educational, animal welfare website that is working towards reducing euthanasia in Indiana shelters. Check them out at:


You can make a difference by having your cats spayed or neutered NOW! Most kittens will be euthanized due to lack of homes. Help put a stop to this national tragedy - Please take advantage of some of the Low Cost spay/neuter services offered above or contact your vet today. The animals thank you!

Please have your dogs tested and put on a Heartworm preventative all year round. There is no reason to let your dog suffer and the cost to treat heartworm disease is very high. The cost of a preventative is minimal so Please be a responsible pet owner!




Most of us have seen them: dogs who live at the end of a chain, day after day, month after month, year after year. In the summer they lie panting in the hot sun, scratching at the many fleas running over their skin. In the winter they huddle in the corner of dilapidated doghouses, with no blankets or hay to keep them warm. They never get the chance to run around and play. No one scratches them on the head or takes them for walks. Children throw rocks at them and tease them. Their collars become too tight as they grow. They get entangled in bushes and trees. The life of a chained dog is a life of deprivation and loneliness.

Dogs are pack animals. They are genetically wired to eat, sleep, hunt, and play in a pack. In the absence of other dogs, a dog’s human family becomes his pack. It is cruel to keep a highly social animal isolated in the backyard with no interaction or socialization.

Why would someone get a dog, only to leave him languishing at the end of a chain? Some people chain their dogs because they don’t have a fence, and they don’t want the dog to escape. Some people end up with a dog they never wanted, so they toss him out on a chain. Many people consider their chained dogs as “guard dogs.” This doesn’t make sense, because a chained dog can’t do anything to stop an intruder. All a chained dog can do is bark! And most chained dogs bark so often—because they are hungry, thirsty, bored, or lonely—that people cease paying attention when the dog barks. What is the dog supposed to be protecting? The yard?

The best guard dogs are those who are allowed inside the house, and who receive daily love and attention. We have all heard stories of house dogs who save their families from intruders, fires, and even gas leaks. K9 police dogs, the best guard dogs around, are brought home every night to live with the police officer and his or her family. An inside dog has the freedom and desire to protect his family, while a chained dog can only watch as a tragedy takes place inside.

Excerpt taken from "It's a chained Dogs's life and it's not a good one" by Emily Pennel

To read more on how to help a chained dog please click here:


(Guard Dog, from Patrick McDonnell's wonderful comic strip Mutts.)

To read some of Mutt's Shelter stories, click on the link above then on Save the Animals and then on Shelter Stories! *************************************************************************************************************** We always have several really nice black dogs here that desperately need a home! Black dogs are often the last to adopt out, for whatever the reason, whether it's because they don't photograph as well, or people think they look meaner, etc. But they are just as sweet on the inside and are also strikingly beautiful on the outside with their shiny black coats. Please take a moment to look at these dogs - they need a loving home too! Before it's too late.

To read more about how wonderful black dogs really are check out this new website dedicated only to black dogs.

CLICK HERE- The Black Pearls of the Dog World!

************************************************************************************************************** "CRATE CRISIS"

We have got a real shortage of crates & pet taxis for transport purposes. If you have an old or extra crate, please take it to the shelter and specify it to be used for SISAVEAPET. Thanks so much for your support!!!

Who We Are

We are the Humane Society that is located in Madison, Indiana. Our goal is to provide education about responsible pet ownership to our community, to ensure humane care of our shelter animals and to promote spaying & neutering as a solution to the pet overpopulation crisis in our community. We will continue to strive to increase adoptions & rescues of our shelter animals and hopefully decrease euthanizations as a result of this.

We are very rescue friendly and urge legitimate rescues to contact us about helping our animals. We are also always looking for good foster homes, so if you would like to help an animal by fostering please let us know.

Adopting a friend

If you are interested in adopting one of our precious animals, please visit our shelter during our daily hours of operation between 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. everyday. Time is limited for our shelter animals so please call or visit soon if you find one that you like. Those that are marked URGENT are critical.

You can also visit the website - - to see more adoptable pets that are available in the surrounding area.

---Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things man will not himself be free -Andrew Linzey

Come Visit Us!

Madison-Jefferson Animal Shelter
2727 Hannah Drive
Madison, IN 47250

Phone: (812)-273-1788


Click here to see our Happy Dog Adopted/Rescued Tails!

Click here to see our Happy Cat Adopted/Rescued Tails!

Click here for a list of pets at this shelter

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