Thinking About Getting a Dog? Adopt, Don’t Shop!

Fishers, Indiana: August 1, 2009Are you considering getting a dog for your family or yourself? If so, you should consider adopting from the Humane Society or other "rescue" agency rather than buying from a pet store. Many pet stores get their dogs from puppy mills. Only 20% of pet dogs are adopted, yet millions fill shelters every year, and many of those are euthanized if not adopted.

Adopt Spikey

“I’m a handsome, young 8-month-old Labrador Retriever mix. I LOVE to play and get all squishy and affectionate when petted. I also love the company of other dogs. Please visit me today – I’d love to be part of your family!”

Click to see Spikey and more dogs available for adoption at the Humane Society of Indianapolis. (opens in new window)See Spikey and more dogs available for adoption at the Humane Society of Indianapolis (opens in new window)

The Humane Society of Indianapolis (HSI) is the leading voice for the welfare of animals and improving their quality of life.  Serving Indianapolis and the surrounding counties since 1905, HSI treats all Central Indiana animals with dignity and respect; to live free from cruelty, harm and neglect. HSI provides vital services to animals and people alike through sheltering and adopting animals, providing positive reinforcement behavior training for both adoptable animals and owned animals through public training classes, and outreach through their community and shelter programs.

The Humane Society of Indianapolis receives animals from individuals who are no longer able to care for their pet. Animals remain available for adoption as long as their good health and behavior continue. All animals that are available for adoption have passed an evaluation based on their known history, health, and behavior. The adoption process can
take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours depending on the information needed from you and the number of pets going home at the same time. Adoption prices range from $75 to $150 depending on species, breed and age. The "Pets for People" program offers companion pets to individuals 60 years of age and older at a reduced adoption fee. Seniors receive a discount of $50 off the adoption fee.

All HSI adoptions include:

  • Health check
  • Spay or Neuter
  • First round of Distemper / Parvo vaccine for dogs (DA2P-PV)
  • Bordetella vaccine for dogs
  • Canine Heartworm screening for dogs six months or older
  • First deworming
  • Flea treatment
  • Certificate for INITIAL vet visit
  • Microchip identification & registration
  • Pet Behavior Resources
  • Pet training discount
  • 30 days of ShelterCare Pet Insurance

The Humane Society of Indianapolis is located at 7929 North Michigan Road in Indianapolis. For more information, including photos and descriptions of dogs currently available, visit their website,, or call 317-872-5650. Dogs are also available for adoption in Central Indiana through the Humane Society of Hamilton County,

For information about the role Humane Society plays in protecting our pets, or to adopt a pet outside of the Indianapolis area, visit the Humane Society of the United States web site, visit
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