About Our Shelter...
The Vanderburgh Humane Society, Inc. (VHS), a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1957 to provide protection for homeless animals, intervention for animals in abusive environments, and community education to encourage prevention of animal abuse and pet overpopulation. The VHS receives no tax-based funding whatsoever. Therefore, it depends on the generosity of the corporate community and the public at large to continue, and hopefully expand, the much needed services it offers.
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.
Come Meet Our Pets...
While we hold and/or attend several events throughout the year that sometimes involve us bringing animals with us, we only do adoptions onsite at the shelter.
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 Adoption Process...
VHS Adoption hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00-6:00 pm Central Standard Time.
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.