Starke County Humane Society


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M-SA, 10AM-4PM Central
0104 W SR 10, North Judson, IN


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TO DONATE: Please send checks made payable to Starke County Humane Society directly to:
Starke Co. Humane Society
0104 W SR 10
North Judson, IN 46366
We are a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) Charity.
All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE & greatly appreciated.


Not all animals may be posted, please call the Shelter for a full list.

We always need volunteers to help take care of the animals and help keep our shelter clean. Stop by the shelter and fill out a volunteer information sheet and get started making a difference today !

Check out what we need:

Donations Come in Many Forms

We appreciate all donations- large and small. All donations are tax deductible. We maintain a wish list including, but not limited to the following:

*If you buy us a gift card with your cash-back credit card, we can use the card and you get cash back.*

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Please, help reduce the population of unwanted, homeless dogs & cats.
Have all of your pets spayed and neutered as soon as possible!

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Get some scented candles at our shelter today. They are great for masking pet odors or for just making your place smell wonderful. We are asking for a
Donation of $7.50/candle or 2 for $14.
Come in and check out the variety of fragrances available.

All donations help to keep our privately funded, nonprofit shelter open.

Feline Low Cost Spay/Neuter available from:

NEUTER SCOOTER- mobile CAT spay & neuter clinic information - Click Here.


Low cost cat spay & neuter services also available at
Anderson Feline Population Reduction Center
12 US Highway 12
Beverly Shores, IN
Call (219) 861-9006 for appointment.
Pets, strays, and ferals are welcome.

Why Vaccinate???

The Starke County Humane Society would like to remind everyone about the importance of keeping your pets up to date on rabies shots, vaccines, and to use heartworm preventative year round. Not only will these measures help to keep your pet healthy, but they, also, help to keep diseases from spreading throughout the pet community.

You can find information about vaccines, diseases, and other health information by visiting Click on "Health and Genetics" or visit to find health and general information about cats, fish, birds, ferrets, reptiles, and other small pets, as well as dogs. These sites have valuable information on many topics. You can find out more about heartworms by visiting the American Heartworm Society‘s heartworm information page.

We have recently been reminded of the widespread misunderstanding and general lack of accurate information about Canine Parvovirus. Originally discovered in 1967 "CPV-1", as it was called, was mostly a threat to only new born puppies. However, by 1978, a new variant called "CPV-2" appeared in the United States. CPV-2 is shed in enormous numbers by infected animals and the virus is extremely hardy. Thus, WORLDWIDE distribution of the virus occurred quickly. NOW, THE VIRUS IS PRESENT IN EVERY ENVIRONMENT UNLESS REGULAR DISINFECTION IS APPLIED. This means that it can be found on every floor, on every carpet, in every yard, and in every park. ALL CANINES, including dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, etc. are exposed to Canine Parvovirus everyday-everywhere. This is why vaccines are so important. One of the most frustrating problems with canine parvovirus and puppies is that EVERY PUPPY (no matter how well cared for) has a week or so when they have no antibody protection against the virus. This is the time when the antibodies gained through "mothers milk" are no longer affective and the puppies' systems are still too young to respond to vaccine. For a number of reasons, this period occurs at different ages in different puppies (even pups among the same litter.) This is why puppies are given a series of vaccinations over a period of time. This helps to insure that at least one of these shots will be given at a time when the puppy can respond the vaccine. AGAIN, THIS IS WHY GETTING ALL OF THE SHOTS IN THE PUPPY SERIES IS SO IMPORTANT. Among puppies who are treated for canine parvovirus, there is about an 80% survival rate. Treatment is costly, but once the pup has recovered, it should be able to lead a normal life with no permanent consequences due to this infection.
If you would like to learn more about canine parvovirus visit the Mar Vista Animal Hospital's web site which is the source of the parvo information above. We hope that this information can help to clear up any misunderstandings. We, also, welcome you to stop by the shelter to ask any questions that you may have. We will be happy to try to help find accurate information to answer your questions. As always, we recommend that you discuss any health problems or their treatment with your veterinarian.



BE AWARE that there may be some animals at our shelter that are not listed on this site at the moment. If you are looking for a LOST PET (don't wait), CALL NOW at 574-896-5060. (If your lost pet returns home, please remember to let us know, so we can remove it from our LOST LIST.) If you have FOUND an animal, please report it to the shelter. We may have the information to get it back home.

If you report a lost pet, please stop by the shelter with a picture and continue to stop in to look at the animals at the shelter. We do our best to match up your descriptions with animals that come in or calls describing found animals, but sometimes we just don't see animals the way that they are described over the phone. Pictures truly are worth a thousand words. You are welcome to stop in daily to check to see if your pet has been brought in.

Residents of Starke and Pulaski Counties: If you LOSE or FIND a pet, please, call the Starke County Humane Society IMMEDIATELY at (574) 896-5060. Animal control officers from these two counties bring their pick-ups to our shelter. Your lost pet may be OUT of TIME! If you live near a county line, please check with surrounding shelters, too. (Sometimes, people will take animals to shelters out of your county.) Please, share this information with friends and family.
Keep looking for your pet, inform friends & neighbors, call police, animal control, and veterinary offices, hang-up posters, place ads in newspapers, and on internet - don't wait & don't give up!

RECLAIMING YOUR LOST PET: To reclaim your pet from the SCHS Animal Shelter you will need to provide proof of current rabies vaccination in the form of a rabies certificate. If your pet is not current, you can bring in a receipt from your vet for a prepaid rabies vaccination. In addition, you must pay a cash reclaim fee in the amount of $30 per pet. If you do not reclaim your pet on the day that contact has been made, you will be charged a per/day boarding charge of at least $10/day. After the first reclaim, each subsequent time your pet is brought to the shelter, your reclaim fee increases by $30. An ID TAG on your pet will usually allow you to be reunited before it is brought to our shelter. Most people will happily contact you if given that option through an ID TAG. We urge all pet owners to keep ID TAGS on all pets at all times.



Cats crave companionship. A study commissioned by one of the leading makers of cat litter products found that 7 out of 10 vets agree that cats sharing a household with another cat companion lead happier, healthier lives! You can help reduce the overcrowding in shelters and have happier cats with fewer behavior problems by making your home a multiple cat household. We have lots of great candidates for you. PLEASE come in and find the purrfect addition to your family today.
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HELP! We are overflowing with GREAT ANIMALS that
SCHS Animal Shelter
0104 W SR 10
North Judson, IN 46366
Public Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am-4pm Central
(574) 896-5060

**If you see a pet that interests you, please call immediately to let us know.
(574) 896-5060**


Need some training advice or help dealing with a behavior issue?
Click on Pet Videos below, then select training to find positive, reward-based training advice for free!

Become Part of our Local Emergency Response Team to Help Area Animals in the Event of a Disaster

We are currently forming a list of individuals who would be willing to volunteer in the event of an emergency situation. We need volunteers to donate their time, services, and/or space to assist:

In the event of an emergency, volunteers will be needed to rescue, transport, temporarily house animals, as well as, assist with the paperwork involved, such as, creating files which record ID and any available information for each animal .

Examples of services and other needs include, but are not limited to the following:

Please contact the Starke County Animal Shelter at (574) 896-5060 or stop by to get your name and information into our Emergency Response Log. We want to be prepared to assist all animals in the event of an emergency.


Do You Know?

Author, Patricia Knaebe, has written a wonderful children's story about a shelter puppy that finds a loving home. Our shelter benefits from your purchase of "Moose on the Loose" books. Make sure you select Starke County Humane Society when checking out.

Visit the website here


Even if your pet is chipped, an ID tag is extremely important!
Make sure information on tags is current.
*You can write your phone number with permanent ink on your pets collar until you get a tag. This is better than nothing.*
Does your pet have a tendency to slip out of or break its collar?
Consider using two collars. Keep ID and Rabies tags on one. Use the other to attach leashes or for tying your pet out when necessary. If the pet slips the attached collar, it will still be wearing a collar with ID. Rabies tags help animals get back home, too. They can be traced back to the owner, if the information is current. The more ways that your pet can be traced back to you, the better its chances of getting back home if it strays or is lost. Please, make sure that your pet has at least one form of Identification.

If you are considering a new pet, please visit the shelter!
We have someone who needs you right now.


We often have puppies and kittens, but we ALWAYS have many gentle, kind, affectionate, wonderful, eager to please adult dogs and cats.
Some are already neutered & spayed.
You are welcome to come in and meet our homeless pets Monday - Saturday, 10am-4pm central.

M-SA, 10AM-4PM Central

Please, help reduce the population of unwanted, homeless dogs & cats.
Have all of your pets spayed and neutered as soon as possible!


HELP! Our adult pets need homes, TODAY.
Discover how wonderful it is to adopt an adult instead of a puppy or kitten. Many people feel that they would be adopting someone else's "problem", when adopting an adult pet. The truth is that the problems that brought most of these animals to our shelter have nothing to do with the pet, but are, in fact, entirely the problems of its former owner. "Divorce, death of guardian, illness in the family, new baby or one on the way, allergies, not enough time for the pet, change in residence, future spouse does not want pets, have too many at home, can't afford, grew too large, kids don't help with pet" are just a few of the many reasons given when well mannered, housebroke, gentle pets are surrendered. Also, every week, many wonderful cats and dogs end up at the shelter as strays simply because they were off their owners' properties without proper ID TAGS. We hear dozens of reasons why a pet that normally stays at home or that normally has on ID TAGS did not this time. Some people don't even bother to look for their pet that has been a gentle, loving, faithful friend and companion. Please consider adding one of our adult pets to your family today. Ask us about the many advantages of adopting a mature pet.



THREE DAYS! This is how long your lost pet is guaranteed a spot in the shelter. After that, if it is deemed adoptable,we will place it in a new home. We try to give all healthy, gentle animals as long as possible, but as we are always full, we must re-home them quickly. Please be responsible. Make sure your pets have ID TAGS, ID Collars, or some form of ID on them at all times. Call the shelter IMMEDIATELY to report a lost pet. We will add it to our log and keep a record of it until you report it found. Please, let us know, if it does return home, so we can remove it from our log. Pets with ID Tags don't need to spend THREE DAYS at the shelter. They will not take up the space that would otherwise allow another animal a chance. Please, be a responsible guardian to your pet. Don't make it experience that "THREE DAYS". ID TAGS SAVE LIVES!


Please help us to find RESPONSIBLE, CARING GUARDIANS to ADOPT all of our homeless pets. If you are at all interested in a new pet, please consider one of our wonderful shelter animals. PLEASE SPREAD the WORD.
**All canines and felines adopted from our shelter must be spayed or neutered within the designated time frame which is stated in the adoption contract.

Please consider becoming a VOLUNTEER for the Starke County Humane Society. There are many ways that you can assist the animals within the shelter, and they don't all require spending time at the shelter. If interested in becoming a volunteer, please Email: SCHS for more details or stop by the shelter today.

Please, keep your pets on heartworm preventative year round. Heartworms are deadly parasites transmitted by mosquitoes. Although treatment is available, it is expensive and there are no guarantees that your pet will survive. Often, damage to organs has occurred before treatment even begins. Please, be a responsible guardian by helping your wonderful pet to stay healthy. Use heartworm preventative year round.


We are always seeking donations to help with the costs of upkeep and improvements to our shelter. If you would like to help, please send a check payable to the Starke County Humane Society
Starke County Humane Society
0104 W SR 10
North Judson, IN 46366
OR Stop by and drop off your donation directly. Our homeless pets would love to meet you. Your perfect pet may be waiting for you today.

Our SHELTER IS OVERFLOWING WITH WONDERFUL, GENTLE, AND KIND ANIMALS. There is a never ending influx of animals that will never slow down until all people commit to solving this problem by being responsible pet owners. Please spay and/or neuter all pets. Leave breeding to knowledgeable, responsible breeders who do their research. The only reason to breed is to better the breed using breed standards as a guide. Mixing breeds to create "designer dogs" is extremely irresponsible. Shelters are full of mixed breeds, and pure breds that need homes today. Also, please make certain that your animals have updated ID information on them at all times. PLEASE consider adopting a mature pet. Most are extremely eager to please and quickly adapt to your routines. They are just as loving as the babies and require much less effort on your part. Open your hearts and you will be rewarded with the love and affection of these wonderful pets.

Please click here to View Our Pet List


If you are, or anyone you know is, considering a new pet, please stop in or tell them about us. We NEED RESPONSIBLE guardians for all of our wonderful animals everyday. Thank you!

We often have PUPPIES and KITTENS!
We ALWAYS have
AMAZING adult dogs and WONDERFUL adult cats available!
(Contrary to the old adage: You definitely can teach an old dog (or cat) new tricks!)
Please help us find responsible pet lovers for all our homeless animals!


Did you know that our Animal Shelter doesn't receive any town, county or state funding ?
We rely on our Adoption fees, check-in fees and donations to stay open and provide care for thousands of homeless animals every year. Please donate to help support our mission in caring for these wonderful pets. A donation button is at the top of our page. THANK YOU !!!!!

Help reduce the population of unwanted animals the BEST WAY!
Please, have your pet neutered or spayed TODAY.

1) An unspayed female dog, her mate, all of their puppies, and their puppies' puppies, if none are ever neutered or spayed, add up to:

  • a. 16 dogs in one year
  • b. 128 dogs in 2 years
  • c. 512 dogs in 3 years
  • d. 2,048 dogs in 4 years
  • e. 67,000 dogs in 6 years
  • f. All of the above

    The disturbingly correct answer is f. All of the above. Please, spay and neuter all of your pets.

    2) A female cat has four kittens. Each kitten matures and has four kittens. Each of those kittens matures and has four kittens. All of the kittens have a second litter, then a third .... Are you getting the picture? Please spay and neuter all of you pets to reduce the population of unwanted animals.


    We Strive to:


    For over 20 years our members and staff have been aiding more than 40,000 lost, neglected, or homeless animals. Consequently, our shelter is always in need of some remodeling and repairs. We are very grateful for all monetary donations, however, if you can not help monetarily, perhaps you can help by donating building supplies or labor. (All donations are tax deductible.) We, also, have several ongoing fund-raisers in which you may wish to participate. We are extremely grateful for any help.

    Some ways that you can assist us in providing the animals with a chance to get back home or a chance to find a loving, responsible guardian:

    Donations Come in Many Forms

    We appreciate all donations- large and small. All donations are tax deductible. We maintain a wish list including, but not limited to the following:

    *If you buy us a gift card with your cash-back credit card, we can use the card and you get cash back.*
    While we appreciate all donations, monetary donations allow us to buy needed items, help to pay our utility bills, and help to pay our annual medical supply bill of over $10,000. Without your generous support, we could not continue our efforts to assist lost, unwanted, and homeless animals. Thank you.

    You can support the Starke County Humane Society with a percentage of your transactions from over 640 stores. It's free. It's easy! Visit

    Donate from 10 - 100% of your eBay proceeds to the Starke County Humane Society. List your items with eBay Giving Works choosing us as your charity.

    Help the Starke County Humane Society to continue our efforts by making a donation through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. Check out the different ways to give or make a donation at


    We are always trying to raise money to keep our animal shelter operating. We appreciate your participation in our fundraising activities. We are also thankful to those of you who help in so many ways. Please watch this website and our Facebook page for information about fundraisers.

    EVENT Reminder:

    Please check our Facebook page to see upcoming events.

    Nelson's Port-a-Pit Chicken Fundraiser occurs Every Year on the Saturday before Easter. We sell tickets in advance for 1/2 chickens or you can buy half chicken on Port-a-Pit Day.
    Chicken is cooked at the Five Star Parking Lot in Knox.
    Pick-up site designated on Ticket: Five Star Parking Lot - Knox or Burger King Parking Lot - North Judson. Tickets available in advance at shelter or from SCHS Board Members and Volunteers.
    Call 574-896-5060 for more information.

    Purrfect Pet Portraits by Woof Studios
    WOOF STUDIOS will be at the shelter to photograph your pets (and you, if you'd like) - Spring & Fall Appointments Available:
    New Green Screen Photography allows you to choose from hundreds of backgrounds to be added after your pets are photographed.
    Please call the shelter at (574) 896-5060 to set up an appointment or for more information. A portion of the sitting fee will be donated to our shelter by Woof Studios.

    SCHS hosts Pet Parade in the Shade at the Mint Fest in North Judson
    Before the big parade, participate or watch the pet parade: Sunday, Father's Day- Register at Town Park: - free: All pets welcome! Check our Facebook page for details.. Bring your lawn chairs and coolers. Prizes awarded for: Biggest, smallest, cutest, ugliest, most unusual, best costume, and Grand Champion.

    SCHS hosts the Pet Parade at Harvest Festival in Knox - Check our Facebook page for details or Call 574-896-5060 for more information.

    Our Animal Shelter will be closed for Labor Day--Monday. Regular hours will resume Tuesday.

    Woof Studios will be at the shelter to photograph your pets alone or with family. Spring & Fall Appointments available. - A portion of the sitting fee will be donated to the shelter by Woof Studios. Call (574) 896-5060 to schedule an appointment for photos.

    RABIES CLINIC: Fall, 10am-2pm (No shots before 10am) Call for date.
    Low cost prices have not been set for this year. To get Booster or Heartworm test, Pet must get Rabies Shot or a valid rabies certificate must be presented. Call 574-896-5060 for more information.

    Annual Open House at the Starke County Humane Society Animal Shelter - Every December we pick one Sunday for our open house: Call 574-896-5060 for DATE, (11am - 3pm). Everyone is welcome to join us in celebrating another year of working to accomplish our mission. Punch & light refreshments will be served. Meet old friends and new. Don't forget to take a look at the current residents. You just might spot your new best friend.

    Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Closed New Year's Eve and New Years Day.


    We have various fundraising events throughout the year. Check out our Facebook page at

    If you have fundraising ideas for our animal shelter, please email us at
    NOTE CHANGE: We do Santa Pictures with pets before Christmas, call us at 574-896-5060 or check our Facebook page for details)


    The Starke County Humane Society was founded in 1980 and opened its shelter doors on December 10, 1990. The shelter is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that depends on the generous donations and support of animal lovers to operate. We receive no funding through tax dollars (NO COUNTY FUNDING).

    We accept animals from Knox Animal Control, Pulaski County Animal Control, Starke County Animal Control, and any private citizen who wishes to surrender an animal. A donation is requested and appreciated, but not required. The Starke County Humane Society accepts all animals! Occasionally, we will request that an owner surrender be postponed if possible, because of lack of space within the shelter. This will allow the animal a chance to be adopted. By law, owner surrendered animals do not have to be put up for adoption or held for any amount of time. This is why we ask owners to call and check to make sure that we have space before surrendering an animal. We want to give all healthy, gentle animals a chance to be adopted.

    We do our best to find homes for as many animals as we can. Sadly, we often must face the reality that there are simply more wonderful, loving animals than there are loving, wonderful people willing to care for them. Perhaps, the saddest thing is knowing that many of these animals once had a home and for some reason (usually the fault of the owner) ended up at our shelter. Please help to reduce the euthanasia rate at all shelters by doing the following:

    • Have ID Collar or Collar and ID TAGS with current information on pets at all times.
    • Keep your pets under your supervision or safely confined at all times.
    • Spay or Neuter all pets. Make sure family and friends do the same.
    • Donate to a Spay/Neuter fund, or go with someone and pay the vet directly for these services.
    • Keep rabies shots current for all pets.
    • Before getting a pet, consider the time involved in training and maintaining that pet, space and amount of exercise required, and expenses (food, heartworm preventative, shots, flea & tick control, fence, leashes, shelter, etc.)
    • If you are able to make a lifetime commitment to a pet, please, adopt a shelter pet.
    • Make arrangements for the future care of your pet in the event of a divorce, your death, or an illness that would prevent you from caring for your pet.

    It is our hope that we may see the day when all healthy, nonaggressive animals can have responsible guardians and live in loving, caring homes for all the days of their lives.

    Adopting a Friend

    The SCHS houses over 2000 animals per year. Primarily dogs & cats are brought to us. However, we will not turn away any animal in need. We have taken rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, turtles, pigs, ponies, a horse, a mini-mule, chickens, and many other kinds of birds. Stray animals are held 3 days then assessed for adoption. We will give all healthy, gentle animals a chance to be adopted, if space allows. If deemed adoptable and are over 6 months old, dogs are screened for heartworms. Cats can be screened for feline leukemia upon request. If the test is negative, the animal is given the chance to join a loving family.

    We accept cash or personal check. We accept credit/debit cards.
    We require a valid driver's license (or state issued ID card) to be presented at time of adoption.
    Adopters must be 18 years of age or older.
    Adoption fees start at $75 for dogs , $50 for kittens & $ 40.00 for cats which include a booster shot, worming, and, if needed, a spay/neuter certificate good for $30 off the cost of the procedure. ***We require all adult cats and dogs to be spayed or neutered within 30 days of adoption, and all kittens and puppies to be spayed or neutered by 6 months of age***. Heart worm tests for dogs and feline leukemia tests will result in an additional fee of $15 per test. This fee is usually less than your vet will charge, and in some cases, it is your choice to have the tests done at the shelter or by your vet. Some animals receive rabies shots while in our care. This will result in an additional $15 charge at time of adoption of these particular pets. Canine & feline adoptions, also, include a free month of Pet Health Insurance provided by PetFirst Pet Insurance. Adoption fees are non-refundable. NO CASH REFUNDS are given for any reason. However, in rare situations, we will replace or exchange a pet. These situations must be approved by the shelter director and/or Board of Directors.

    If you are seeking a certain breed of pet, we maintain a "Want List". You may add you name to a list for a specific breed, and we will try to give you a call if what you are looking for becomes available. While we try to give people a call as soon as possible, having your name on the list does not insure that you will be called immediately. We simply do not have enough help to do this. The best way to know what is at the shelter is to visit or view our web site's pet list daily.
    We, also, encourage you to visit the web sites of breed rescue organizations. Many of the animals available from rescue groups were pulled from animal shelters around the country.



    Starke County Humane Society
    0104 W SR 10
    North Judson, IN 46366
    Public Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am-4pm CST
    (574) 896-5060

    **Please call the shelter to inquire about animals. Email is not checked daily, because of lack of staff.


    Starke County Humane Society