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PetPalooza Information

PetPalooza Goes Virtual August 23 – 29!

City of Columbus Animal Care Services and Bartholomew County Humane Society, along with Animal Outreach of Shelby County and Brown County Humane Society, are partnering together to get their adoptable dogs, cats and kittens out of the shelters and into their forever homes.

The Pet Palooza multi-agency adoption event will be held Sunday, August 23-Saturday August 29, depending on partnering agency’s hours.  This year’s Palooza event, due to COVID-19 restrictions, will be a virtual event with interested adopters viewing animals online, following the link the participating agency’s website, filling out an application, and making an appointment to finish the adoption.

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.

advertisement for a Pet Friendly license plate program

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.