The Indiana County Humane Society is a non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to preventing cruelty and suffering to all animals, providing safe haven and compassion to the animals in our care, placing unwanted animals in permanent, responsible homes, investigating and prosecuting cases of animal cruelty, measurably reducing companion animal overpopulation, and taking a leadership role in promoting humane values for the benefit of all animals.
The adoption application process may take up to 48 hours for review and verification of the application information, but is usually much quicker. The process consists of filling out an adoption application, making an appropriate animal selection, and verifying the application information. Once the application is approved, then the adopter is contacted and arrangements are made to complete the adoption contract, sterilization agreement, and take their new pet home. To download a printable adoption form, visit our website: http://www.incohumanesociety.com
If the animal is deemed to be chronicly sick by a veterinarian, it may be returned to the ICHS within 10 days without charge. However, adopters must have complied with all the terms and conditions of their adoption contract. All animals must be spayed/neutered if not already done when adopted. The ICHS does have the legal right to reclaim the animal if surgery is not completed within the required time limit. Adopters may not sell, give, or transfer the animal to anyone else or any other society or allow the animal to be used for any experimental purposes.
Each year over 2500 animals are brought to the ICHS shelter, and each year hundreds of them are placed in loving homes. Our shelter personnel are dedicated to finding the pet best suited to the personality and lifestyle of each adopter.
Remember, perfect pets are not born, responsible owners create them. If you are considering adopting an animal from ICHS, we ask that you give your decision serious thought. Ask questions, volunteer your time at the shelter, read books on animal care and training, but most of all, understand what you are getting into. It takes patience, proper training, and a solid commitment to create a successful relationship between a pet and its' owner. The ICHS believes that if you give a pet as much consideration as any other member of your family, you will be rewarded with a lifetime of love and loyalty.
CRITERIA FOR ADOPTION
**Be 21 years of age or older and have a photo ID showing their present address
**Have the consent of all adults living in the household **Have the knowledge and consent of their landlord, if a renter
**Understand that animals are to be kept as an indoor, household companion and integrated into the family
**Be physically, emotionally, and financially able to care for the animal selected and take responsibility for all animal care and veterinary bills
**Must have a positive pet care history .
**Understand and agree that the animal will be spayed or neutered
**Understand that the ICHS does not guarantee the health or temperament of ANY adopted animal
**Understand that they are making a commitment for the lifetime of the animal.
Shelter animals receive a routine preventative vaccine to protect them while in the shelter. However, the ICHS requires that you take your pet to a vet for an examination and receive all official tests and innoculations as recommended by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine. The rabies vaccine is the responsibility of the adopter, and required by state law. A dog license is required for all canines adopted by Indiana County residents prior to leaving the shelter (a regular license fee is $8.50). Adoption fees are $125 for dogs and $80 for cats. This includes their first vaccinations, AVID microchip, and spay/neuter surgery through our vets.
Animals that cannot be placed for adoption due to sickness, injury, age, or some other special need are now available for foster care placement. All foster care volunteers complete a foster care application and specify the type of animal they wish to foster, and will be contacted when an animal becomes available for fostering. To learn more about becoming a foster care volunteer, please stop by the shelter or call 724-465-7387/3977 during business hours. Our shelter staff will be happy to assist you. JUST DO IT--BECOME A FOSTER CARE VOLUNTEER TODAY!
The ICHS relies heavily on volunteers to help achieve our mission. Donating time at our shelter can be as rewarding for the volunteer as it is for the animals. Anyone who would like to volunteer at the shelter must complete a volunteer application and sign a waiver of liability. Applications may be obtained in person at the Shelter.
Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
Dog Walking, Dog Obedience Training, Cat Socialization, Photographers, Publicity, Humane Educators, Animal Care and Cleaning, Bathing and Grooming Animals, Adoption Counselors, Office Assistants, Fundraising, Writers for the Newsletter, Running errands for supplies, animals to groomers/vets, putting up posters, etc.
JOIN US! Make a commitment to helping animals and receive your subscription to our newsletter, "The Pet Gazette". Annual membership is currently under some changes. If you are interested please send your name, address, and phone number, along with your tax deductible donation payable to: ICHS, 65 Haven Drive, Indiana, PA 15701. YOUR SUPPORT SAVES LIVES!
COME VISIT US!
The ICHS shelter is located at 65 Haven Drive, Indiana, PA 15701. Shelter hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. & Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p. m. The shelter is closed on Mondays and Holidays.
From Greensburg: Route 119 North/22 East towards Blairsville. The Indiana Exit is one exit beyond Blairsville. Take Route 119 North to Indiana. Take Wayne Avenue Exit.
From Johnstown: Route 219 North towards Ebensburg. Take Route 422 West to Indiana. Take Wayne Avenue Exit.
From Kittanning: Route 422 East to Indiana. Follow Route 422 East passing by Philadelphia Street Exit. Take Blairsville Exit to Wayne Avenue Exit.
From Monroeville: Route 22 East towards Blairsville. The Indiana Exit is one exit beyond Blairsville. Take Route 119 North to Indiana. Take Wayne Avenue Exit.
**DIRECTIONS FROM WAYNE AVENUE TO ICHS SHELTER:** Come to Traffic Light with Holiday Inn on right. Travel .9 miles to Traffic Light with Hoss's Restaurant on left. Make left onto Rose Street. Travel .6 miles. Make left onto Saltsburg Avenue. Make a sharp left onto Haven Drive. Indian Haven Nursing Center is on right. We are located in the bottom of the Big White Barn on left.