Almost Home Humane Society (AHHS) inspires a more humane community by educating, providing resources and collaborating to improve the lives of animals and their families.
Almost Home Humane Society is Tippecanoe County’s leading animal care and resource organization.
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WHO WE ARE
Almost Home Humane Society was formed as the Tippecanoe County Humane Association in 1939 and since that time has been dedicated to the care of pets in our community. Today, Almost Home serves more than 3,000 pets each year through its programs.
AHHS is a private, non-profit organization and is not directly affiliated with any national organizations or coalitions. Almost Home is contracted with the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette to accept all stray animals found within the city limits of either city. AHHS accepts owner surrendered pets and pets transferred from other animal welfare organizations as shelter capacity allows and only by scheduled appointment.
In 2017, Almost Home saved 92.7% of the pets that needed its help. This is calculated according to the Asilomar Standard, which reflects options for animals including adoption, transfer and return to owner. The data provides a breakdown of the health and adoption status of every animal in our care.
Almost Home’s lifesaving rate (93%) is consistently several times above the national average of 60%, and above the 90% standard to qualify for the label of “no-kill” shelter. This number represents the precentage of pets served by AHHS with a positive outcome such as adoption, transfer, or return to owner. Reasons an animal might leave the shelter other than adoption include being transferred to another (sometimes breed-specific) rescue or a lost pet being returned to its owner.
AHHS is especially proud of this number because it has no control over the health or temperament of the pets that it receives as strays. In 2017, Almost Home spent more than $40,000 to treat those pets that arrived sick or injured and is determined to give every pet a second chance at a forever home.
Almost Home never euthanizes a pet due to space or time considerations. However, AHHS must euthanize some pets each year that are either too ill/injured to be saved or that would pose a risk to public safety.
Stray pets are brought to Almost Home and held for 5 full days awaiting reunion with their owner
Pets transferred in arrive at Almost Home from other shelters or rescues.
Returns are animals brought back to Almost Home within 30 days of adoption
O/G Surrender refers to pets given to Almost Home by their current owner or guardian
TNR = Trapped, Neutered, and Released and typically refers to cats only
SNAP = Spay/Neuter Assistance Program and is available to residents of Tippecanoe County on government assistance