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Happy Tails Resale Shop Opens!

The VHS is excited to announce the opening of our Happy Tails Resale Shop! This resale shop will offer all types of great items for sale. Household items, clothing, holiday items, books, furniture, pet related items and more.

All of the proceeds from the shop will go back to the VHS to support the programs and mission.

The resale shop is open each Saturday from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, located at the Vanderburgh Humane Society campus!

Quality Items Needed!

We will accept donated items for the resale shop every Saturday when we are open. Your donated items are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

The VHS accepts quality donated items for resale. Donations must be in clean and reusable condition.

Donating unusable items costs the VHS money that is needed for our animals and programs. It is expensive to repair or dispose of unusable items. If you wouldn’t give it to a friend, please don’t give it to us. We reserve the right to decline a donation that is not suitable for our shop.

The Happy Tails Resale Shop is run entirely by VHS volunteers. We need volunteers who are willing to work shifts on days we are open and to help go through donated items to restock shelves. While we are currently opening every other Saturday, if we have more volunteers sign up to help, we will be able to extend the number of days each month that we can run the shop. If you are interested in volunteering for the Resale Shop, please email Cyndi Donley at: c.donley@vhslifesaver.org

Can Recycling Program

We recycle aluminum soda cans and pet food cans! Please bring your clean aluminum pet food cans to the shelter and deposit them into the bins. One bin is located inside the shelter and can be accessed during business hours; the other is located outside at the back of the building near the intakes lobby. The VHS receives money for each can recycled!

Adopting A Friend

Adoption fees:

Puppies >6 months & small-breeds of any age: $120

Large breeds & dogs <6 months: $100

Kittens & declawed cats: $50

Cats <6 months: $30

Adoption fees for dogs & cats always include:

  • the animal's spay (female) or neuter (male)
  • nationally-registered microchip
  • up-to-date vaccinations, including rabies
  • a bag of the food they've been eating at the shelter
  • first de-worming
  • flea treatment & ear cleaning as needed
  • goody bag
  • free checkup at Village East Animal Hospital in Evansville
  • 30 days of free pet health insurance from Shelter Care Pet

Rabbits: $30 (includes spay/neuter and cardboard carrier)

Ferrets: $45 (includes distemper & rabies vaccines)

Guinea Pigs: $15

Hamsters, Gerbils, & Rats: $5

Birds & Reptiles: fees vary

Who We Are

The Vanderburgh Humane Society, Inc., a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1957 to provide protection for homeless animals, intervention for animals in abusive environments, and community education to encourage prevention of animal abuse and pet overpopulation. The VHS receives no tax-based funding whatsoever. Therefore, it depends on the generosity of the corporate community and the public at large to continue, and hopefully expand, the much needed services it offers.

Located in Evansville, Indiana, the VHS serves as a surrender and adoption agency for unwanted pets. In addition to finding homes for animals, the VHS also works to build public awareness of the problem of homeless and abandoned pets. Through special events, media coverage and other outreach activities we hope to reduce the flow of animals to our shelter.

Our mission:
The Vanderburgh Humane Society, Inc. is leading our community to eliminate pet overpopulation through Spay/Neuter, Adoption, and Humane Education. Alter. Adopt. Adore.

Come Visit Us

Adoption & animal viewing hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm CST. Adoptions must be in progress 30 minutes prior to closing.

General business hours begin at 9:00 am, Tuesday through Saturday in the front lobby. Again, VIEWING & ADOPTION HOURS DO NOT BEGIN UNTIL NOON.

To make an appointment to surrender an animal, please call 812-426-2563 and dial the Intakes/Surrenders extension.

Our Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic is open every Saturday morning (with the exception of major holiday weekends & in the case of inclement weather) from 8 am - 12 pm. The clinic is first-come first-served, so get here early. Doors open at 7:30. No appointment necessary for vaccine clinic only.

To make an appointment for spay or neuter with our Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic, please call 812-426-2563 ext. 216 or email clinic@vhslifesaver.org.

Please visit our website at www.vhslifesaver.org for a list of upcoming community events, and for more ways on how to help us continue to offer our lifesaving programs!

Contact Vanderburgh Humane Society


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