The Hancock County Humane Society is open to the public Thursday 11am-2pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. (We are closed during Thanksgiving and Christmas.)
Directions to our shelter, and our email address, are provided at the bottom of this page. Our pet list can be viewed by clicking on the link above.
Please note this is a small shelter and we are not able to ship pets to new homes. Two visits to the shelter are required to complete the adoption. The first would be to meet the pet you're interested in adopting and to fill out the adoption application form which must be reviewed and approved by an adoption counselor. This is to help determine if the adopter and pet are compatible. We hope you will agree the welfare of these pets is our first consideration in processing all adoptions. The adoption process of this shelter may be somewhat different from larger shelters. We do our best to make available healthy pets with appropriate temperaments and to place them in the home that would be most suitable for them. All adoption applications will be reviewed for approval by an adoption counselor who is also a board member. The adoption counselors have the right to accept or deny any application based on the information provided. An application for adoption must be made in person at our shelter. We wish to make the adoption experience a positive one for all adopters. For this reason it's important that we are assured the adopter is fully prepared for the responsibility involved in caring for a pet. Long-distance adoption applications must still be made in person and may require extra documentation.
Our adoption fee covers the cost of spay/neuter for kittens if they are taken to one of the local veterinarians on our list. Cats in the adult cat room have already been spayed/neutered. Additionally kittens and adult cats receive age appropriate vaccinations, flea treatments, deworming, treatment for earmites and other medication as necessary. Regular Adoption Fee: $80. Cash and personal checks are accepted; we are not equipped to take credit cards.
Adoption Fees for dogs kept in foster care vary and are determined by the size of the dog as well as any veterinary costs incurred by the shelter. The minimum adoption fee is $125.
We are currently in need of a vet tech or person with veterinary training willing to donate some time to help us with shots and immunizations for our new incoming pets. The work would be on an as-needed basis when we take in new animals, and could be done during a time frame convenient for you.
We are also in need of a handyman willing to donate some time to help with occasional repairs and building maintenance. Again, the work could be done during a time frame convenient for you.
Other volunteer needs are detailed in the "Volunteers" section below. Please call or email our shelter if you are able to help. Thanks!
For pets needing to be rescued we keep a waiting list and drop offs must be arranged in advance. Openings for kittens become available most often, however, we normally have a long list and are never able to take in all pets needing rescue. We care for as many pets as our finances allow and according to how many our limited number of volunteers can care for. Please do not drop off pets without making prior arrangements. Additionally, please do not leave pets outside our building. While your intentions may be good this is considered animal abandonment and is illegal. In bad weather conditions our volunteers may not find the pet in time. Healthy adoptable pets taken in by prior arrangement are kept until an appropriate home is found; however, those left without notice may be sent to the County Animal Management shelter if we are unable to provide care for them. We do not have the facilities to care for dogs at this time. The county shelter has many dogs and puppies available for adoption at all times.
The Hancock County Humane Society is a separate shelter from Greenfield/Hancock County Animal Management though both are located in Greenfield, IN. The number to call the county shelter is (317) 477-4367. The county shelter is responsible for dealing with stray animals in the community and other issues involving loose pets or wild animals. The county shelter is also listed on Petfinder.
The Hancock County Humane Society is a no-kill*, non-profit animal shelter. (We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive financial support from, the Humane Society of the United States.) This shelter has been in existence for many years and has always been staffed entirely by volunteers and funded entirely on donations from the local community. It is our goal to find permanent safe and loving homes for the pets in our care. We would also like to promote community education and awareness. It cannot be stressed enough the importance of early spay/neuter of a pet. We simply cannot keep up with the rate of over-population in cats and dogs on our own and must have the support of the entire community if we are ever to eliminate this problem. Additionally, we would like to stress the importance of a pet wearing I.D.. This can be in the form of a collar with a tag, a microchip implanted by your veterinarian or both. A lost pet is most likely to be returned to its home if it is wearing I.D.. Please note that we are NOT part of the county Animal Management Shelter but are a completely separate shelter.
*No-kill meaning healthy pets with good temperaments are kept until adopted no matter how many years it may take. We do first attempt to treat unhealthy pets whenever possible.
All new kittens and cats admitted to our shelter are examined for symptoms of illness and/or parasites and treated for such. Common parasites seen in most kittens and many adult cats are fleas, intestinal worms and earmites. Illnesses are typically upper respiratory infection or bacterial infection which can cause loose stool and avoidance of use of a litterbox. UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) can also cause a cat to avoid using its litterbox and is treated immediately if found. Adult cats are tested for FeLV (Feline Leukemia) before being placed in the adult cat room.
How do we handle feeding and litterbox care? Our kittens and cats are given fresh bowls of food and water every day. The kitten cages are individually thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each day while the kittens get play-time outside of their cage. The litterboxes of the adult cats are completely emptied and cleaned daily and replaced with fresh litter.
Used Cell Phones: Have an old cell phone you no longer need? Donate it to our shelter for recycling, and help us raise funds. (No accessories or chargers, please.) Phones can be dropped off during our open hours on Thursdays or Saturdays.
IAMS Pet Food UPC Codes: Do you buy IAMS pet food for your pets? We are collecting the UPC Bar codes from packages of IAMS pet foods; these can be exchanged for vouchers for free food for our shelter pets. Please drop off UPC bar codes at our shelter to help with our collection. Thank you for your support!
Paper Drive: We now have a paper collection dumpster located at the front of the shelter parking lot. Newspapers, regular paper, and magazines are all accepted. They will not accept cardboard or phone books. Thank you again for all donations. This helps us keep up with routine monthly expenses.
Aluminum Cans: These can be dropped off in the blue collection closets located on the side of our building toward the back of the shelter. It is preferred the cans be rinsed (to keep ants out of the shelter) and not bent as these won't roll through our can crusher (already crushed and bagged are great!). If the cans are not damaged and will roll sideways our can crusher can do that job for us.
Thank You to all who have donated to our aluminum can & newspaper drives. Your donations make a signficant difference and allow us to continue to provide shelter for these cats even during the difficult winter months.
Adult Volunteers: As always, we are in need of dedicated volunteers to help care for our pets (cats only at this time), handle adoptions, maintenance of our building, follow up on phone calls, public awareness, advertising (newspaper, etc), and working on our many fund-raisers throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering please E-mail us or visit our shelter to fill out a volunteer form. We are currently in need of volunteers to clean cages and care for our pets, and to staff our shelter during open hours on Thursdays and Saturdays. Women and men are welcome! Thank you for your support.
Teen Volunteers: Positions for teenage volunteers, ages 15 and up, are limited. We have about 2 to 4 teens who help out on Saturdays with the possibility of some Thursdays over the summer. If you are interested in volunteering please visit the shelter on Thursday 11am-2pm or Saturday 10am-2pm and fill out a volunteer application form. Thank you for your interest and cooperation in working with us.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 14th, 7 p.m.
Donations are always welcome and needed, especially during the winter months. Cash donations are needed to help pay our phone and electricity, heating bill, insurance and veterinary bills (Feline Leukemia testing, vaccinations, spay/neuter and often antibiotics for the kittens). Please call and ask what is needed before donating food or supplies as we occasionally have an excess of certain supplies and have limited storage space. Usually we are in need of the following:
Iams Kitten food and Iams Adult (Original) Cat Food; Clay cat litter (non-scoopable); Heavy-duty paper towels; CLEAN, new or gently used bath towels; Inkjet paper - white 8-1/2 x 11; Fur mice toys - white or gray; Trash bags - 3ml thick Contractor Bags, 42+ gallon ("Husky", etc.); Trash bags - 30 gallon drawstring heavy duty. (Due to varying effects on our cats and kittens, we cannot accept cat "treats".)
Thank you for your continued support.
Litterboxes should be cleaned a minimum of once a day and twice a day is preferable. Regular litter should be replaced at least once a week. More litter can be added to a box of scoopable which may then be replaced every week or every other week. If your cat tends to avoid the litterbox it's best to clean it more often and replace litter more often. If you have little time you may prefer to keep supplies including replacement litter, small trash bags and a small covered trash can next to the litterboxes (a diaper pail may work). At the very least scoop out the litterbox daily and take the trash out later when you have the time. As a rule it may be necessary to have 1 litterbox per cat or 2 litterboxes per every 3 cats. Sometimes it is necessary to have 2 litterboxes for only 1 cat. With multiple cats it may help to keep clean litterboxes in at least 2 different locations.
Keep water bowls near kitchen and/or bathroom sinks for quick and easy refills. Teach family members to check and refill these often as cats prefer fresh water. Your cat may love it if you occasionally add ice cubes to the water in the summer. It only takes seconds to do so.
Xylitol: What is it? This is a sugar alcohol found in many types of sugarless gum which has been found to be toxic in dogs. A dog that swallows a product containing xylitol such as a pack of sugarless gum may experience weakness, loss of coordination, seizure and coma. Higher amounts of xylitol can cause a dangerous drop in blood sugar which is then counteracted by production of larger amounts of insulin. This can become dangerously high leading to hypoglycemic convulsions or even liver failure. This type of poisoning would be considered a medical emergency needing immediate attention. Treatment and hospitalization may last 48 hours or longer. If you suspect Xylitol Poisoning in your dog contact your veterinarian, an emergency veterinary clinic, or you can call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at 888-426-4435 (there is a fee for this call).
Our shelter is located in downtown Greenfield, IN and is easy to find. We are located on the north side of Main Street (US 40) about 1-1/2 blocks East of State Rd 9. Our shelter is clearly identified by a sign and cats/dogs painted on the front of our building. Parking is available curbside in the front or to the side of the building accessible by an alley off of Spring Street just past the shelter.
Those coming from the Indianapolis area can take I-70 E to the Greenfield exit (State Rd 9). There you will drive South on State Rd 9 (right turn from I-70 exit) past the hospital and into downtown. Turn left (east) at the stop light onto Main Street (US 40). You will find our smaller shelter at the end of the large downtown buildings.