What a wonderful pack of doggos all looking for fur-ever homes! Come check out these cuties during adoption hours Monday-Saturday 12pm-5:30pm.
Here is just a short video of one of our adoptable animals! It’s easy to see how Petunia has won a place in adoption specialist Sarah’s heart as well as many other staff members. Her adoption fee is $100.00 with an approved application. Of course you have to live in an area that allows pet pigs. 🐷
Everyone please meet Dexter! Dexter is a 2 year old, husky mix that was surrendered at the shelter because his family couldn’t care for him any longer. Dexter is very smart and has learned a lot with our staff already. He knows sit, shake, roll over and play dead. He is also still learning spin! If you’d like to meet this sweet boy and see all his tricks come to the shelter today!

Thank you to a dear friend of the shelter, we will be picking out our new refrigerator tomorrow!

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Humane Society of St. Joseph County

Oh no! Our fridge is on the fritz & we need a new one. Can you help? Please click the link below to donate. Thanks!

Oh no! Our fridge is on the fritz & we need a new one. Can you help? Please click the link below to donate. Thanks!

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Keep current with HSSJC events and read educational and entertaining stories in our Spring 2018 Humane Herald Newsletter! Click the link below for Issue 20 of the Humane Herald.…/12og5fctnEs25tDPti6P8EO_1J…/view…

Wow! We were blown away by all of the very cute submissions to our National Love Your Pet Day cute pet picture contest! Due to having so many cute pictures submitted we decided to award three winners. Cutest Dog goes to Jennifer Mazur-McCombs' pet Sebastian! Cutest Cat goes to Amy Santolino Ledenbach's felines! Last but not least Cutest Pocket Pet goes to Sarah Elizabeth Zimmerman's cuddly rabbit. If your name is listed above, please stop by our office to pick up your $15 HS Boutique Gift Certificate (please bring your ID).

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This is just an appreciation post for our dedicated staff. Not only did they work a full shift caring for over 300 pets and our community members but several staff and a few awesome volunteers stayed an additional two hours to discuss ways we can improve the shelter. I'm so proud of their efforts and the compassion they show the animals we care for. Thank you!- Genny #HSSJCstaffRocks #WeAreTheChange #ItTakesAVillage

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Animal Control Officers (ACOs) must have strong written and verbal communication skills, be self motivated but a team player and take initiative. ACOs should be task and detail oriented with excellent organizational skills. ACOs must be able and willing to work with domestic and wild animals including but not limited to dogs, cats, pocket pets, horses, livestock, raccoons, skunks, waterfowl and birds of prey. ACOs must be willing to rotate evening on-call hours, weekends, and holidays with other team members. ACOs must also be willing to supervise shelter staff, clean kennels and cat cages and perform other duties as set forth by Shelter Leadership.

This is a full-time position. Wages are based upon experience and education. This position offers paid time off and holiday pay after employment requirements are met as set forth in the Employee Manual.
Animal Control Officer

Reports To: Chief Humane Officer and/or Executive Director

Basic Function:
With supervision, maintain a safe and secure community environment through enforcement of animal control codes and ordinances, education and community resources.

Applicant Requirements:
• High school diploma or GED equivalent
• A valid driver’s license
• A clean driving record
• A clean criminal background
• Law enforcement, military, or animal care and control background preferred
• Exceptional work ethic with excellent interpersonal, organizational, and planning skills. Ability to exercise independent judgment as appropriate and to work independently and in a team setting.
• Demonstrated exemplary communication skills to include knowledge of interviewing techniques, public speaking, skill in writing and editing and ability to express thought orally in a clear manner. Will be required to communicate effectively with the public, Board of Directors, HSSJC administrative staff, veterinary, animal care and behavioral professionals, government officials, college students and faculty, members and donors etc. Must be able to work with various personalities, ethnicities, social and age groups, and maintain tact and professionalism at all times.

Field Duties:
1. Patrol streets and respond to captured domestic animals and/or wild animals and transport animals to the Shelter
2. Operate Shelter vehicle safely and act according to City and State laws while carrying out duties
3. Respond to complaints regarding stray or lost animals (domestic/pet, wild, or farm livestock), assist citizens with sick/injured wildlife (including traps) and venomous or dangerous animals such as snakes
4. Intake and triage incoming animals including basic health evaluations and vaccinations
5. Investigate complaints regarding vicious or dangerous animals and animal bites.
6. Counsel neighbors and community members to solve public nuisance situations
7. Promote wholesome care and compassion for community animals and public safety through education and ordinance enforcement
8. Work with local police departments to ensure Officer safety and compliance of state and local laws
9. Impound or quarantine animals when necessary and advise animal owner of applicable laws
10. Operate and communicate via Shelter smart phone
11. Maintain equipment and Shelter vehicles
12. Enforce City & County animal control ordinances and state laws through the issuance of Animal Welfare Alerts and/or citations. Appear in Animal Control Commission hearings to testify regarding violations and/or investigations
13. Investigate questionable animal deaths or cruelty to animal complaints
14. Rotate night-calls with other Animal Control Officers and perform emergency animal control services between 5:30pm-8:30am
15. Rotate weekend and holiday hours with other Animal Control Officers

Administrative Duties:
1. Serve the needs of customers through phone calls, electronic communication, and in person
2. Operate and enter information into shelter database to collect animal and person data correctly
3. Perform paperwork to complete intake (surrenders, stray, etc.)
4. Maintain records and files on animal bites, citizen complaints, and other paperwork as required. Prepare written reports and computer reports on complaints, investigations, and administrative matters
5. Attend offsite events, not limited to adoption events, festivals, and educational offerings
6. Provide tours and educational opportunities at the Shelter

Kennel Duties:
1. Maintain and clean kennels, cages, outdoor run areas, and other rooms in use for animal care at the Shelter and Adoption Center
2. Provide necessary food, water, and shelter to impounded animals
3. Monitor and report signs of illness or injury in animals to medical staff

Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor. Position requires wearing a uniform.

Mishawaka, Indiana · Full-time · $12 / hour
Humane Society of St. Joseph County RVTs are responsible for providing humane medical care for the animals, including following prescribed treatment plans to sick, injured, and ill animals, performing basic medical evaluations of new incoming animals, feeding and caring for special needs animals, and working with the shelter veterinarian to provide high quality care for shelter animals. The medical staff also assists with routine blood draws, medical testing, and euthanasia services. The ideal candidate is compassionate, professional, friendly and willing to physically work hard in a fast paced environment. Applicants with previous animal care experience is required for this position.

Applicant Requirements:
• Hold and maintain Registered Vet Tech status for the state of Indiana
• Must be comfortable and able to work with and restrain all sizes and breeds of dogs
• Must be comfortable and able to work with and restrain felines, pocket pets, livestock, and wildlife
• Must have own reliable transportation
• Open and flexible schedule including weekends and holidays
• Reliable, Punctual, and Dependable Team Player
• Be able to stand for long periods of time
• Must be able to lift 50lbs
• Attention to detail & excellent record keeping skills
• Animal handling and care experience required
• Wage based on experience
Medical Duties:
• Works closely with the RVT and shelter veterinarian to perform daily duties
• Perform basic triage exams, post-surgical exams, and pre-adoption exams
• Works closely with the shelter veterinarian to alert when animals are ill or in need of medical attention and to follow through with prescribed treatments
• Responsible for dispensing prescribed medication and treatment to all shelter pets on a daily basis
• Follows all protocols for dispensing medication and medical treatment to the animals
• Provides assistance to surgical staff to perform routine spay/neuter surgeries and other procedures
• Maintains proper records for all medication and treatments given

Kennel Duties:
• Works alongside a team of kennel attendants to clean and maintain kennel and cattery areas of the Shelter, in such a manner as to provide a healthy, clean, odor free and low stress environment for the animals
• Following all safety and cleaning protocols
• Feeds and provides daily care and exercise for special needs animals
• Bathing shelter animals
• Maintains records of shelter animals
• Washing dishes and maintaining clean and orderly Treatment and Triage rooms
• Disinfecting and cleaning of animal crates, carriers, and other shelter supplies
Mishawaka, Indiana · Full-time · $14 / hour

During the entire month of March every adoption will come with 1 pick from our pot of luck! Prizes will range from $5.00 off a purchase from our boutique to 1/2 off your adoption fee!
Are you feeling lucky?


Today is National Love Your Pet Day! We're going to have a fun picture contest to celebrate this day! Please submit one picture only of your cute pet in the comments. We will accept submissions until 8:30am on 2/21. Once all photos have been reviewed our staff will vote on the CUTEST picture. The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to our gift shop!

Below is one of our adorable shelter pet, Todd. Todd is available for adoption and patiently waiting to join a cozy home.

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St. Pitty's Day Adoption Event!
All adult Pitbull & Pitbull mix adoption fees $17 March 12-17th!

To take part in this adoption promotion you must have an approved adoption application and satisfy any restrictions placed on the canine you’ve selected. Adoption holds are placed on animals on a first come/first serve basis. This special is only valid for Pitbull/Pitbull mix canines over 6 months old during March 12-17, 2018.

Happy 7th Birthday Cadence! Thank you for the donations you collected for the shelter pets!

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We are looking for enrichment ideas for our dogs. What fun toy does your dog love? Post a picture to show us!

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A special message from Lori & Charlie. Charlie is still looking for his fur-ever family! Contact us to find out how you could give this love bug a home.

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Lori Gordon

Message from Charlie. Please share Charlie’s Journey at Kasten’s Dog Training and we are still looking for his Forever Home. Please help #goodboycharliesjourney #adoptdontshop #pitbullsofinstagram

Looking for somebody to love? Check out the Humane Society of Elkhart County's $5 Cat Adoption event taking place Feb 24th!

Sat 10:00 AM ESTHumane Society of Elkhart CountyBristol, IN
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