About Us

Adopting A Friend

How to Adopt:

When you see an animal that interests you, please ask for assistance to see the animal. Please do not open the kennels or take any animals out.


When you find a pet you like, notify the office staff. You will then fill out an adoption application.Then a HOLD will be placed on the animal for you. We do accept up to three holds on each animal.


"It takes 24-48 hours to process your application. We will call you back by that time with any questions about your application and to tell you if you are approved. If you do not hear from us after 48 hours please give us a call to check the status of your application."


Approved Applications:

You must have an APPOINTMENT to pick up your new pet. At this time you sign the adoption contracts and pay the adoption fee – CASH, VISA, and MASTERCARD ONLY!


Your new pet comes spayed or neutered, up to date on basic vaccinations including rabies, microchip ID, an adoption kit, and copies of the adoption contracts.


All animals must be transported in a safe and legal manner. Bring a leash or a pet carrier!



Adoption Fees 


Dogs: $50.00 for senior & special needs dogs- $200.00 for all other dogs/puppies. Spayed/Neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, heartworm/lymes tested, microchipped.


Cats: $50.00-$25.00-Waived Fee (depending on age)  Spayed/Neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, FIV/FLV ested, microchipped.


Who We Are

Welcome to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County Indiana's website. Incorporated in 1886, we are one of Indiana's oldest service organizations and still the areas largest animal care facility. Servicing the greater St. Joseph County region and multiple municipalities, the HSSJC sees over 3,500 animals each year. Providing a vast array of community services and educational programs the Humane Society of St. Joseph County truly looks to embody it's motto of "WE CARE" on many levels.


Operating the Department of Animal Welfare, the Humane Society of St. Joseph County's Humane Officers respond to over 4,900 cruelty, neglect, and abuse calls each year. Comprising a team of highly trained officers with specialized study in everything from equine science to criminal justice, the Department of Animal Welfare is dedicated to ensuring the humane treatment of all animals within our community!

If you experience any problems with our online services, please contact us via telephone.

Our Mission

To instill reverence for all life and to enhance the human/animal bond through the compassionate care of animals and community education


Come Visit Us

Adoption Center Hours

Monday-Saturday: 12:00pm-5:30pm

Sunday: Closed 


Office Hours

Monday-Saturday: 8:00am-5:30pm

Sunday: Closed


We are located at 2506 Grape Rd. Mishawaka IN. 

Contact Humane Society of St. Joseph County


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