Lost & Found
If you have lost a pet please contact Almost Home immediately to complete a lost report. AHHS also strongly recommends visiting the shelter in person to look through our stray holding area and sending a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. You are the best person to identify your pet and we recommend visiting frequently while your pet is missing. Almost Home also strongly recommends sending a photo of your missing pet to Lost and Found Pets of Greater Lafayette on Facebook.
If you have a found a pet you have several options. First, if you plan to keep the pet while you search for an owner you must leave a found report (email the pets information to email@example.com or call 765-474-5222) with AHHS and our staff would be happy to scan the pet for a microchip. All found pets that are remaining with the finder will be pictured on the AHHS website. A photo of the found pet may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have a camera or are unable to send the photo, Animal Control will visit you to take a photo of the pet.
If you do not bring the pet to AHHS for a microchip scan, please send all of the following information to email@example.com: date pet was found, exact location found, description of pet (fur color, eye color, markings, male/female) and any identification the pet was wearing (collar, harness, chain, etc.) and a photo of the pet.
We also recommend sending a photo of the found pet to Lost and Found Pets of Greater Lafayette on Facebook. It is a City of Lafayette ordinance that all found pets be reported to Almost Home within 48 hours. A found pet does not legally belong to the finder until after it has been in the finder's possession for more than 30 days per the City of Lafayette ordinance.
If you would like to leave a stray pet with us you may bring the pet to AHHS (1705 S. 2nd St.) or call Animal Control to pick up the pet (Lafayette: 765-807-1200 & West Lafayette: 765-775-5200). Almost Home will accept any stray pet found within the city limits of Lafayette or West Lafayette. If you found a pet outside of the city limits but within Tippecanoe County please call 765-423-9321.
If you have lost or found a pet outside of Tippecanoe County please contact your local sheriff's department.
What should I do if I find a cat and/or kittens outside?
Almost Home Humane Society is proud of the fact that our citizens care so deeply about the welfare of pets in our community and we are happy that many people’s first instinct is to always bring a pet they have found to AHHS for shelter. However, there are a few instances where we recommend leaving the pets right where you’ve found them.
- Have you found a cat outdoors that has a “tipped” left ear? If you find a cat that has had the top portion of its left ear removed (tipped) that is a sign that the cat is part of a Community Cat Caregiver’s Colony. The ear tip signifies that the cat is already spayed or neutered and is part of a colony. It is best to leave these cats where they are found because they are being cared for with other cats in the area. Feral/community cats are not considered “pet” cats by the city ordinances and it is recognized that they are best suited for an outdoor lifestyle.
- I’ve found a litter of kittens, should I bring them to you? When we find a litter of kittens, our good-hearted instincts tell us to rush to the aid of these fragile felines. Thankfully, human intervention is typically not required, so please do not “kit-nap” the kittens. In fact, the best thing you can do is leave the kittens alone. Mom will likely return shortly, and it’s critical that the kittens remain in her care as she offers the best chance for survival. If you are extremely certain that the kittens are orphaned, you can then step in and help. Even though AHHS, is always willing to help kittens in need, kittens with mom have a much better rate of survival whether in the wild or in a foster home so please try to capture both mom and kittens if they are in danger. Want to help these tiny felines that you’ve found? Help Almost Home by becoming a foster parent for the litter. You will get all of the supplies from AHHS to care for the kittens in your home until it is 8 weeks of age.
- My neighborhood is overrun with cats, what can I do? Community cats are present in most neighborhoods in our area and the best plan of action for these cats is to spay or neuter them and let them remain in the areas where they are comfortable and at home. You can learn about becoming a TNR Community Cat Caregiver by calling 765-474-5222. Help us fight pet overpopulation in our community by assisting AHHS with trapping these cats and getting them fixed.
AHHS is able to house a small number of pets through its emergency housing program. If you are temporarily unable to care for your pets due to homelessness, domestic situations or an emergency such as a house fire, please call 765-474-5222 to inquire about the emergency housing program. This program has a limit of 30 days to allow AHHS to help as many pets as possible each year with its limited space and resources.
Additional Resources for Pet Boarding:
All Cats Boarding (765-447-6400)
Fetch! Pet Care of Greater Lafayette (317-644-1465)
Pets & Vets as Partners (765-463-7877)
The Dog House of Lafayette (765-588-6008)
Petsburgh Pet Care (765-423-5500)
Critter Sitters of Lafayette (765-423-4199)
Paw Prints Animal Hospital (765-474-2454)
Cozy Cat (765-746-7494)
Dogwood Kennel (765-463-2611)
Honey Creek Kennel (219-984-9948)
KTA in Home Pet Care (765-564-4757)
Pooch Palace Resort & Training Center (765-421-6655)
Seneca Pet Care, LLC (765-589-8627)
Personal Pet Care Assistant (765-427-7021)
Fur N Feathers (765-426-0810)
Surrendering a Pet
Almost Home Humane Society is able to accept some owner surrendered pets, based upon the number of animals in the building and the pet’s likelihood to thrive in the shelter environment. We understand that surrendering your pet is an extremely difficult decision and we hope to make the process as smooth as possible, while also helping you explore all of your options for surrendering. AHHS will always accept any pet adopted from our organization, regardless of the reason for return. If your pet has been adopted from another rescue organization, please contact them first if you need to regime your pet.
If you are in the process of considering surrendering your pet, here are a few of things to consider first.
If there is a chance you may need to surrender your pet, always start as early as possible to explore all of the potential options.
Is there some type of assistance that could help you keep your pet?
AHHS would always prefer to keep families together with their pets and if we can assist you in keeping your family intact that is our top priority. Call us at 765-474-5222 if you are considering surrender and would like to discuss your options. If you have exhausted all of your options for placing your pet yourself and we are not able to help you resolve your issues, Almost Home can make you can appointment for surrender.
AHHS schedules surrenders to ensure that we have the space to add a pet to our population, give us time to talk with you about your pet and perform basic health and temperament exams.
What should you bring and/or expect at your surrender appointment?
Any medical records for your pet.
You will fill out a surrender survey for your pet to give us as much knowledge of your pet and its habits/preferences to help us make the best match possible in rehoming
If you are surrendering a dog, we will do a brief temperament and medical exam to determine if we think the shelter environment will be a good fit for your dog.
What medical tests do we perform?
At your intake appointment we will test your dog for heart worm.
What do we look for in temperament?
A dog that is able to adjust well to change. Extremely shy or fearful dogs typically do not do well
in a shelter environment.
Dogs that do well with strangers and people of all types, due to the frequent visitors to shelters
and changing of staff and volunteers.
Dogs that are “dog-friendly” and able to live in a home with other pets.
If you are surrendering a cat, we will evaluate its temperament and also give it a brief medical
exam which includes a feline leukemia test.
What happens if we can’t take your pet?
If we believe that your pet will do poorly in our adoption program, we will give you as many
alternative options as possible. There are many local rescue organizations that might be a better
fit for various situations (i.e. home-based rescues might be a better fit for a shy or nervous pet).
Almost Home believes a microchip is the best form of identification for your pet because it is permanent and cannot be lost like a tag or collar. If your contact information is up to date, a microchip is the quickest way for your pet to get back to you in the event that it is lost.
The chip is not a GPS device, rather each chip has a unique identification number that links to the information you have provided. When a veterinarian or animal welfare group finds a lost or missing pet, they use the scanner to read the pet’s chip. They then contact the 24PetWatch Lost Pet Recovery Team. Once reached, someone from the 24PetWatch team will contact the pet owner with the information provided upon registration and help reunite them with their pet. The 24PetWatch Lost Pet Recovery Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure not a moment is wasted reuniting you with your lost pet.
Almost Home partners with 24PetWatch to ensure that your pet has the best chance possible of being reunited with you if it becomes lost. For $20 Almost Home will microchip your pet and this fee includes the registration for the chip. AHHS will microchip your pet during any of our open business hours, Tuesday through Friday 12:00-6:00 and Saturday 12:00-4:00.
Pet Food Assistance
Almost Home operates a food bank for low-income families. Any individual in need of pet food can utilize the food bank one time each month. The food distributed is dependent on what is available from food donated to AHHS. Any food donated to AHHS that is not the brand that is fed to our Almost Home pets is contributed to the pet food pantry.
AHHS Spay Neuter Assistance Program
If you're currently receiving government assistance, you are eligible to participate in the Almost Home Spay Neuter Assistance Program. This program will provide your pet with a microchip, vaccinations and its spay or neuter surgery. For more information call 765-474-5222 or visit Almost Home at 1705 S. 2nd St. in Lafayette for more information.
- Canine Spay: $50
- Canine Neuter: $35
- Feline Spay: $35
- Feline Neuter: $15
North Central Indiana Spay & Neuter
Located in Battle Ground, North Central Indiana Spay & Neuter offers a variety of low-cost options for your pet. Call 765-497-3141 or visit www.pleasespay.org to learn more.
- Feline Spay or Neuter: $48
- Canine Spay: $115
- Canine Neuter: $90
- Feral Cat Spay/Neuter: $25
Spay Neuter Services of Indiana
If you noticed the pet-friendly license plates around town, you're seeing the plate that is supporting a low-cost spay neuter program throughout our state. To learn if you may be eligible for for a $20 spay or neuter for your pet (applicants must meet income requirements or be on government assistance) please contact Spay Neuter Services of Indiana at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.getthemfixed.org or 317-767-7771. There are SNSI participating clinics throughout Indiana and the Lafayette area.
4 Precious Paws
This clinic in Kokomo, IN is a great option for those of you in that area. 4 Precious Paws offers both low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, as well as low-cost vaccine clinics.
- Canine Spay & Neuter: $55-$90 (depending on sex and size)
- Feline Spay & Neuter: $52 & $42
- Feral/Barn/Stray Cat Spays & Neuter: $35
For more information visit www.4preciouspaws.org or call 765-450-6750.
FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
If you are closer to the Indianapolis area or able to make a trip, the FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic offers many different options for low-cost spay and neuter. These include:
- $20-Fix-a-Bull program to alter and vaccinate your pit bull or pit bull mix for $20
- Feline Spays & Neuter: $48
- Canine Spays & Neuters: $40-$100 (depending on size and spay or neuter)
- Community Cats: $30 (includes vaccinations and ear tipping)
To learn more about the FACE clinic please visit www.facespayneuter.org or call (317) 638-3223.
Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinic, Inc.
The Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinic, Inc. is located in Brownsburg, Indiana. Transport for local pets is provided the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from Pet Supplies Plus in Lafayette. Drop off is between 7:00-7:30 a.m. and pets are returned post-surgery at 6:00 p.m. and there is a $7 transport fee.
- Dogs 0-25 lbs. ($35 Male & $45 Female)
- Dogs 26-50 lbs. ($45 Male & $55 Female)
- Dogs 51-75 lbs. ($55 Male & $65 Female)
- Dogs 76-100 lbs. ($65 Male & $75 Female)
- Cats ($27 Male & $32 Femaie)
If your pet is not current on rabies vaccination, in heat or has fleas there may be additional fees.
Call 317-675-0072 for an appointment.
Low Cost Vaccinations
Proper medical care is a big part of keeping your pet happy and healthy. Almost Home offers an annual low-cost vaccine clinic in September. If that doesn’t fit with your pet’s vaccination needs, there are many other options available in the Greater Lafayette area.
Pet Supplies Plus—765-446-1600
Tractor Supply Company—765-447-9331
Second Saturday of each month—10:00-1:00
Third Saturday of each month—5:00-7:00
Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic—765-497-3141
End of Life Services
Almost Home will offer euthanasia by request for owned pets that are terminally ill. Requests euthanasias must be scheduled with the AHHS Medical Team by calling 765-474-5222 and the fee is $35. Pets may be taken home by the owner or kept at AHHS for group cremation for no extra charge. Private cremation is available from Pets Remembered for an additional fee ranging from $145 to $200 based on the size of the pet.