How to Adopt

Steps to Adopt a Pet from MHS

1 SELECT A PET

You may preview available pets by selecting from the “Dogs”, “Cats” or “Critters” buttons in the banner at the top of this page, but we do want you to meet in person before filling out your application! Note that these listings are updated twice each week — call the shelter to confirm availability, 219-872-4499.

2 ASK QUESTIONS

Our staff spend hours each day with our pets, so they can answer many behavior and personality questions. Feel free to ask for guidance when selecting a pet.

3 APPLY

Once you know which pet you want, fill out an adoption application in person at the shelter. Please be as thorough as you can be – each question helps us determine if you’ll be a good match with the specific pet you choose.

4 CALL THE NEXT DAY

We take overnight to review your application. Please call us the next day to find out if we have questions or if you are approved. Once you are approved, we may need these additional steps:

a. MEET AND GREET. In some cases we will require you to bring your current dog(s) to the shelter to meet the new dog. But even if we don’t require it, feel free to ask if you would like to see them together before completing your adoption.

b. SPAY/NEUTER. All of our dogs, cats and rabbits are spayed or neutered before going home. If the pet you are adopting has not yet undergone surgery we will arrange it within a few days of the adoption. Your pet must stay at the shelter until this is completed.

5 COMPLETE YOUR ADOPTION CONTRACT

Once you are approved, complete your contract and pay the fee. If your new pet is already spayed or neutered, you can take him or her home!

6 PICK UP YOUR PET

If your new pet has not yet been spayed or neutered, it will stay at the shelter until we have completed surgery (to be scheduled as soon as possible).

Adoption Fees

Dog and puppy adoptions are $145, which includes

  • spay/neuter completed
  • DA2PP vaccine (Distemper, Adenovirus type 2, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus)  *You may need to get a booster for your puppy or dog.  Consult your veterinarian.*
  • flea/tick treatment
  • heartworm testing
  • microchip

Brandt’s Pet Emporium Dog Adoption Package (take your adoption folder to Brandt’s) and receive:

  • FREE 5lb. Fromm Gold Dog Food
  • FREE 8oz. Fromm Dog Treats
  • FREE 32oz. Natures Miracle Enzyme Cleaner
  • 1 – One-time 20% Discount on pet supplies (excluding food)
  • 1 – Coupon for up to $10 OFF your next bag of Fromm

Cat and kitten adoptions are $95, which includes

  • spay/neuter
  • microchip (beginning 1/1/17)
  • RCPC vaccine (Rhinotrachetis-Calici-panleukopenia-Chlamydia Psittaci)  *You may need to get a booster for your kitten or cat.  Consult your veterinarian.*
  • flea/tick/ear mites treatment
  • Feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency virus testing

Brandt’s Pet Emporium Cat Adoption Package (take your adoption folder to Brandt’s) and receive:

  • FREE 2.5-5lb. Fromm Gold Cat Food at Brandt’s
  • 2 – FREE 5.5oz. Fromm Cat Cans at Brandt’s
  • FREE 32oz. Natures Miracle Enzyme Cleaner at Brandt’s
  • 1 – One-time 20% Discount on pet supplies (excluding food) at Brandt’s
  • 1 – Coupon for up to $10 OFF your next bag of Fromm