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.

Foster Care Information and Application
Adoption Information and Application
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Upcoming Fundraisers

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

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Mardi Growl

Stay Tuned for Registration Information! Date to be announced for Spring 2020! 

The Mardi Growl, is an inaugural event co-sponsored by the newly formed Friends of Columbus Animal Care Services along with their partner agency, Columbus Animal Care Services (CACS). This festive dog parade will celebrate the bond between humans and their dogs in a fun, light-hearted way.  The parade begins at the Bartholomew County Library Plaza at 536 Fifth Street.  The parade route starts at the Library, then travels south on Lafayette to Fourth Street.  From Fourth Street, you walk across Washington & Brown Streets to Jackson Street.  At Jackson Street, you head north to Fifth Street where you then turn head back East to the library.  Judging for costume categories begins at the library after the parade.  Fun pet-related vendors, including food and music will continue the festive atmosphere at the library.

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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.