Porter County Animal Shelter

Valparaiso, Indiana

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About Porter County Animal Shelter

Porter County Animal Shelter’s mission is to reduce animal homelessness and pet overpopulation. As a no-kill shelter, they look to rehabilitate and treat every animal in their care and to prevent abandonment though several community-focused services. Their aim is to let new adopters, pet owners, and citizens know that the end to animal cruelty starts at home.

With a brand new facility that opened its doors in June 2017, Porter County Animal Shelter’s adoption programs help fight irresponsible breeding. Spaying/neutering at the shelter prevents numerous diseases while helping to control rampant breeding that results in overpopulation

Adoption saves lives and gives both animals and humans a chance to find joy. Animal companionship has been proven to help fight several illnesses such as high blood pressure, depression, PTSD, and heart disease by increasing both your daily exercise and SPD (that's smiles per day).

Contact Info

3355 Bertholet Blvd
(219) 465-3550
Not provided
Website: portercountyanimalshelter.org

Hours of Operation

Tue - Fri: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon: Closed

Adoption Process

Looking to adopt from Porter County Animal Shelter? Here’s what you should do:

  1. Start by selecting a pet and completing the adoption application.
  2. Approved applications will be held for up to 6 months but animals won’t be held indefinitely, so it’s highly recommended that you stay on track with the process to adopt the particular pet you're interested in.
  3. Before your application is approved, you can visit the shelter for a meet-and-greet with your future pet! Bring your family and other animals so they can all bond with the new pet and participate in this important moment.
  4. If you want to stay on-track with the adoption, Port County Animal Shelter will continue to process your paperwork, which can take up to 3 days to review thoroughly. Though frustrating when all you want to do is get that lovable furball home, this is an important step for both your happiness and the animal's welfare.
  5. If approved, it's time to sign the adoption agreement, pay the fee, and take your new pet home.

One week after the adoption, you need to take your new pet wellness check and provide the shelter with the results.

As part of the adoption process, Porter County Animal Shelter reserves the right to visit your pet’s new residence to check the conditions and treatment it may be receiving.

Adoption applications are located here:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Other Animals

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Porter County Animal Shelter are as follows:

  • Dogs: $100
  • Cats: $50
  • Other Animals: $25
  • Seniors for Seniors: Waived
  • Pets for Vets: Waived

Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, flea control, and a general physical examination.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Porter County Animal Shelter
directly using the contact info above.

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