Foster Care Information and Application
Adoption Information and Application

The mission of the Columbus Animal Care Services Department is to protect and enhance the safety, health, and welfare of the animals and residents in our community.

Guideposts and values to achieve our mission

  • Education and promotion of responsible pet ownership and wildlife management
  • Continued improvement of the save rate of animals in the shelter through increasing
    • Adoptions
    • Rescue and shelter partnerships
    • Spay/neuter initiatives and collaborations
  • Ongoing facilitation and coordination of Animal Related Emergency Preparedness and Training

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The goal of actions the City will be taking include keeping Essential City Services running, protecting City Staff and following the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Indiana State Health Department and our local medical professionals. However, we will be limiting the number of staff in our facilities, and request the public call or email prior to coming into a building.

Animal Care offices will be locked but individuals can make appointments by contacting staff at Animal Care Officers will respond to emergency situations and staff will continue the feeding and care of animals.

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City of Columbus Animal Care Services along with Animal Outreach of Shelby County, are partnering together to get over 50 expected adoptable cats and kittens into loving homes.

The Kitty Palooza multi-agency adoption event will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 12:00-5:00 pm at Fair Oaks Mall (former Deb’s location near Bath & Body Works), located at 2380 25th Street, Columbus, IN.

All cats will have a reduced adoption fee of $40, which includes spaying or neutering, up-to-date on shots (as age-appropriate), and microchipping prior to adoption.

Each individual organization will have its own application process. Interested adopters who rent are encouraged to bring renter’s agreements or contracts to indicate they are allowed pets if a landlord is unable to be contacted.

If someone thinks they will likely adopt, potential adopters are asked to please bring a cat carrier as cardboard cat carriers may be limited.

Please note that Masks will be required in the storefront.

For more information, visit or contact  or

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SNSI provides low-cost surgery certificates to limited-income individuals and free surgery certificates to 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare groups and municipal shelters, including Columbus Animal Care Services. A statewide network of veterinarians graciously discount their services for our clients, and SNSI pays the remaining cost. Since their inception in 1977, SNSI has helped spay/neuter more than 130,000 pets in Indiana.

Click the Pet Friendly Plate image to learn how you can purchase a Pet Friendly License Plate to support SNSI’s efforts.