Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
We welcome volunteers, foster parents, and donors.
We provide a weekly pet food bank to local families having a rough time providing for their animals financially.
We provide Pet-Assisted Therapy at local nursing homes and assisted living centers with gentle-tempered dogs who are up for adoption.
We run a Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic out of the shelter which has completed more than 38,000 surgeries since it began in 2007. Additionally, we hold a Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic on Saturday mornings at the shelter for local families to get their pets vaccinated.
We also offer a Safe Pets Program, which provides a safe haven to pets of local families who are victims of domestic violence, working with a local shelter, and have no place for their pets to go in a tough situation.
We are currently offering two special programs to encourage local families to spay and neuter their pets. The first is the Pit Stop Program, which provides funding for any resident of Vanderburgh County to get their pitbull spayed or neutered at no cost. Secondly, we offer the Cat Snip in Your Zip program (current zip code is 47710.) This is a grant we received from PetSmart Charities that allows us to spay and neuter cats & kittens that belong to citizens residing in the 47710 zip code (where our shelter is located.)
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.
The Mission of the VHS
The Vanderburgh Humane Society, Inc. is committed to the elimination of pet-overpopulation in our community, the prevention of animal cruelty & neglect, and the promotion of the human-animal bond.
Please visit between the hours of 12:00 noon CST and 6:00 pm CST Tuesday through Saturday to adopt an animal. We are open 1 additional hour on Fridays, until 7:00 pm CST.
Fees for adult cats are $30.
Fees for kittens & declawed cats are $50.
Fees for adult large-breed dogs (over 6 months) are $100.
Fees for puppies (under 6 months of age) and small-breed dogs are $120.
Dog and cat adoption fees include the animal's spay or neuter, nationally-registered microchip, their age-appropriate vaccinations, a sample bag of food to take home, a free checkup at a local full-service vet clinic, and 30 days of free pet health insurance.
Fees for rabbits are $30, which includes their spay/neuter and a cardboard carrier to take them home in. Fees for other animals (including ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, birds, rats, reptiles, amphibians, and mice) vary depending on the animal.
For more information on our adoption process, please visit www.vhslifesaver.org/adoptions.php . We adhere to a strict application process regarding any adoption of any animal, including but not limited to home checks. We take cash, debit, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover for payment of adoption fees.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.