After having to close their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vanderburgh Humane Society are re-opening. They are taking precautions however and will be open by appointment only from Tuesday-Saturday. They ask if you are interested in adopting a pet, to check out their adoptable animals online.

The procedure for adopting a pet is a bit different for the time being as they re-open and work to keep everyone safe.  Per their Coronavirus procedure info on the VHS website here's what you should do if you're interested in a pet.

  • First, fill out an Adoption Application online for the animal you are most interested in. (Under the main menu, hover over "Adopt" and click the page of the animal you're interested in -- Dogs, Cats, or Rabbits.) This does NOT lock you in to that animal if they end up not being a good fit once you meet them... it just gives us some general information about your household so we can help you find a good fit. It also gives us an idea which animals could be adopted soon. If you choose another animal once you get here, you do not have to fill out another application.

  • After your online application is approved, our Adoptions team will contact you to set up an appointment. Please be patient -- this could take a few days. This is longer than it would normally take, but these are new circumstances for all of us and we care about your safety and our team's safety.

  • You must wear a mask to enter our facility. We also ask that you bring as few people as possible... a limit of 2 people per household is recommended.

  • We are implementing extra cleaning protocols to keep our lobby and restrooms as clean as possible. We have installed cough guards at our counters, and as always, hand sanitizer is available throughout the building.

  • When you arrive for your appointment, we will let you visit with the animal you applied for first, and then see others as needed. We are only scheduling a few appointments at a time, and we are doing so strategically so that there is not more than one family in any given area at a time including the Cageless Cat Lounge.

  • Once you choose an animal, we will complete the adoption and you can take the animal home the same day as long as they are spayed or neutered already, and the vast majority of them are.

  • We ask that you bring your smartphone with you, because we are able to do contactless checkout with a debit/credit card simply by sending a text to your phone! If at all possible, please do not bring cash.

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