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

Donation Request List 

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2019 Holiday Open House

Columbus Animal Care Services (CACS) will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 15 from 1:00-4:00 pm at their facility at 2730 Arnold Drive at the Columbus Airpark. Attendees can enjoy refreshments, meet animals available for adoption and drop off donations of money or needed items.

Donation items needed include pet food (especially kitten and cat food), kitten milk replacer and feeding bottles, cat litter, paper towels, hand sanitizer and Dawn dishwashing liquid.  Complete needs list can be found here.

Other volunteer services needed include walking the dogs at the shelter, socializing with the cats at the shelter, cleaning up after the pets and driving pets to veterinarian appointments.

Animal Care Services also depends on the generosity of volunteers for monetary donations as well. Operated by city tax dollars and through fines/fees and monetary donations to cover basic services including wages, utilities and maintenance of both the facility and vehicles, funds for adoption and medical expenses for pets must come from private donations.  Donations made to CACS are considered tax-deductible.

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Upcoming Fundraisers

Support Columbus Animal Care Services by participating in one of our upcoming fundraising events.

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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.