Dearborn County Animal Shelter

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The shelter is full and the dogs and cats desperately need a safe place to go. Dearborn County Animal Shelter is NOT a no-kill shelter. If you have room in your heart and home and would like to help...consider adopting a wonderful pal from the shelter or becoming a FOSTER PARENT. Foster parents are under no obligation to adopt, but provide a safe, loving environment for teaching basic skills and preparing the pet to find a good home. To find out more information about becoming a foster parent, call 812-926-0910.

The Importance of Training a Dog
Obedience training is, in fact, critical when it comes to nurturing a healthy human-animal relationship and creating a socially compatible pet. The basic elements - sit, down, stay, come, and heel - help produce a good canine. In a practical sense, obedience-trained dogs have an easier life, and are easier to live with, than their untrained peers. If dogs desist from jumping up on strangers, sit or lie quietly when asked, and walk politely on lead, they're bound to spend more time with their owners going to picnics, ballparks, and other public places, and will spend less time alone at home.

Dogs taught to lie down on the arrival of vistor - are more likely to be included in the dinner party and less likely to wind up isolated in the garage or basement. Obedience training is an education in good manners that, almost literally, opens many doors for otherwise confined dogs. Rather than thinking of obedience training as a series of pointless rituals, think of it as a tool to help dogs cope in the real world.

Who We Are

Dearborn County Animal Shelter is the only shelter in Dearborn County. It is small and rural - located about 11 miles from Lawrenceburg, IN and 23 miles west of Cincinnati, OH. The shelter staff work very hard to save as many animals lives as possible, and we are proud of our efforts in placing healthy, social, loving animals into permanent, loving homes.
However, it is an intense, daily life & death struggle to save as many lives as possible. So if you are looking for a companion animal - please make adoption your first option!"

Adopting a friend

In order to adopt a pet from the Dearborn County Animal Shelter, you will need to complete an application for adoption. This not only protects our animals, but you as an adopter, and the Animal Shelter. We want to be sure our animals are adopted to loving homes and will be well cared for. Adoption applications are generally reviewed for approval within 5 minutes at the shelter.
You must be at least 18 years of age to adopt from the Dearborn County Animal Shelter. If you rent your home, you must be able to provide the name and phone number of the property owner or manager. Most apartment complexes have rules and restrictions regarding pets. Please check with your landlord or apartment manager before adopting a pet.
Adoption fees are $60 for dogs and $25 for cats. Cash or checks only with form of ID. The adoption fee covers only a small portion we incur for shelter, immunizations, worming, and testing, . Some of the dogs and most of the cats will have been already spayed and neutered upon adoption.
If you have questions, please call the shelter at 812-926-0910.

Come Visit Us!

Directions to the shelter from Route 50: On Route 50 in Lawrenceburg, IN, turn onto Route 48 (Route 48 dead-ends into Route 50) and drive 11 miles to Manchester. Turn left onto County Farm road (the Manchester Fire Department is on the right). Follow County Farm Road for about 1.5 miles. The shelter is on the left.
For those of you with GPS, the coordinates to the shelter are:
N 39 degrees 08.947'
W 085 degrees 02.143'

Shelter Hours:
Monday & Tuesday 10:30a.m. - 3:30p.m.
Closed Wednesday
Thursday & Friday 10:30a.m. - 3:30p.m.
Saturday 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.
Closed Sunday

Love can't be bought - but it CAN be adopted!
Dog adoption fee: $60.00
Cat adoption fee: $25.00

Dearborn County Animal Shelter
11681 County Farm Rd
Aurora, IN 47001
Phone: 812-926-0910

Fax: 812-926-0886


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