The Hancock County Humane Society is a no-kill*, non-profit animal shelter registered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. (We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive financial support from, the Humane Society of the United States.) This organization has been in existence since 1977 and has always been staffed entirely by volunteers and funded entirely on donations from the local community.
We strive to find permanent safe and loving adoptive homes for the pets in our care. We average 30-40 cats in our shelter and with foster volunteers. Our average intake of cats in a year, and adoptions of pets, is approximately 150. With the recent addition of a medical isolation suite to our facility, our volunteers in cooperation with local veterinarians are able to provide the daily care necessary to help more sick animals become healthy, adoptable pets. We work with other local shelters and last year rescued over 75 cats from facilities who are sometimes forced to euthanize animals due to illness or space limitations.
We also work to provide our community with resources for necessary animal care services so more residents can keep their pets and avoid surrendering them to a shelter. Our pet food pantry is nearing its first completed year in service. We provide resources to help reunite lost pets and their owners. (And our pets are adopted with microchips that can be transferred to their new forever family.) We help scouting groups with pet-related education and service projects, and connect pet owners with spay/neuter resources to help reduce the population of unwanted animals.
Many volunteers and donations are needed to make our continuing mission a success. Please help us save lives!
Our motto: "Kindness to Animals, Inevitably Leads to Kindness to People."
Adoption Procedure and Policy
Visits to meet our adoptable pets are scheduled by appointment. Two visits to the shelter are required to complete the adoption. The first would be to meet the pet you're interested in adopting and to fill out the adoption application form which must be reviewed and approved by an adoption counselor. This is to help determine if the adopter and pet are compatible. We hope you will agree the welfare of these pets is our first consideration in processing all adoptions. The adoption process of this shelter may be somewhat different from larger shelters. We do our best to make available healthy pets with appropriate temperaments and to place them in the home that would be most suitable for them. All adoption applications will be reviewed for approval by an adoption counselor who is also a board member. The adoption counselors have the right to accept or deny any application based on the information provided. An application for adoption must be made in person at our shelter. We wish to make the adoption experience a positive one for all adopters. For this reason it's important that we are assured the adopter is fully prepared for the responsibility involved in caring for a pet. Long-distance adoption applications must still be made in person and may require extra documentation. Please note this is a small shelter and we are not able to ship pets to new homes.
Adoption Fee for Cats & Kittens
Our adoption fee covers the cost of the pet's spay/neuter. Additionally, kittens and adult cats receive age appropriate vaccinations, flea treatments, deworming, treatment for earmites and other medication as necessary. We are now MICROCHIPPING all our pets too! Regular Adoption Fee (kittens or adult cats less than 5 years old): $100. Two can be adopted together for a total fee of $160. Senior citizens (55 or older) may adopt a pet for a special fee of $70. Adult cats 5 years or older: $70. Special-needs cats (including FIV- or FeLeuk-positive): $45. Cash and personal checks are accepted. Credit cards can be used but will add a small processing fee. Please notify us ahead of time if you wish to use a credit card so we can have the necessary equipment available.