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 adopters, volunteers, foster parents, and donors from anywhere!
We run a Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic out of the shelter which has completed more than 52,000 surgeries since it began in 2007. We also perform surgeries for adoptable pets in the care of 15 other agencies in 3 states. Additionally, we hold a Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic on Saturday mornings at the shelter for local families to get their pets vaccinated.
Our Clinic does not have residency requirements. Anyone who can make the drive to our facility is welcome from anywhere!
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.
Leading our community to eliminate pet overpopulation through Spay/Neuter, Adoption, and Humane Education. Alter. Adopt. Adore.
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 dangerous situation.
Our Pit Stop Program provides funding for any resident of Vanderburgh County to get their pit bull-type dog spayed or neutered at no cost. Only a $10 rabies shot is required if the pet is not current.
We provide bi-weekly Emergency Pet Food Assistance to local families having a rough time providing for their pets.
Our Pet-Assisted Therapy program brings volunteers to local nursing homes and assisted living centers with gentle-tempered dogs who are up for adoption.
Please visit between the hours of 12:00 noon CST and 6:00 pm CST Tuesday through Saturday to adopt an animal, no appointment needed!
Our animals have adoption fees that help pay for a small portion of the cost of their care while they are here. The fees are as follows:
Adult cats (6 months & up): $30
Kittens <6 months and declawed cats: $50
Large breed dogs: $100
Small breed dogs & puppies <6 months: $120
Dog and cat adoption fees include the animal's spay or neuter, nationally-registered microchip, age-appropriate vaccinations, a discounted checkup at a local full-service vet clinic, and 30 days of free pet health insurance.
Fees for other animals:
Rabbits: $30 (includes spay/neuter and cardboard carrier)
Guinea pigs: $15 each
Hamsters, rats, & gerbils: $5
Reptiles, birds, barnyard, & other species: Fees vary
For more information on our adoption process, please visit www.vhslifesaver.org/adoptions.php . We adhere to an application process regarding any adoption of any animal. We accept cash, debit, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover for payment of adoption fees or donations.
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.