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If you are looking for a particular breed of dog, we recommend doing a breed-specific internet search.  For example, “Lab Rescue Indiana” or “Boxer Rescue Indiana”. is also a FANTASTIC resource and allows searching by breed, age, sex or size.

However, if you are ok with including a wide variety of breeds in your search for you next furry friend, here are a few rescues in Indiana.

  • Southern Indiana Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer group of caring individuals dedicated to saving companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy. Until they find their forever home, all their pets live in foster homes where they receive full vetting including spay/neutering, microchipping, worming, flea, tick, and heartworm prevention; as well as rehabilitation, and socialization until they are adopted into their forever home. They also educate the public about pet overpopulation, and responsible and humane pet care.
  • Heartland Small Animal Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)3 rescue based in South Bend, Indiana. They focus their rescue efforts on companion animals that are scheduled for euthanasia in local shelters.
  • Southside Animal Shelter is unlike most shelters in that they remain committed to the philosophy of not using euthanasia to control population. Once an animal is accepted at Southside Animal Shelter, there is no limit to the amount of time that animal can spend at the shelter. Once the shelter is full, however, no new animals can be accepted, thus preventing the current residents from being euthanized to make room for newcomers.
  • Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) – The mission of ARFis to provide shelter, medical care, and love to abused, abandoned, neglected, and unwanted animals until permanent homes can be found. Through educational efforts, public awareness, and community involvement, ARF seeks to relieve animal suffering; to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect and overpopulation; to eliminate euthanasia as a way of animal control, thereby creating a “no-kill” community in which both animals and humans benefit from the goodness of each other.

Most rescues/shelters, by law, cannot take in wild animals.

Visit to find an approved wildlife rehabber near you.

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