If you have determined that your pet is being housed at the Porter County Animal Shelter, you can reclaim your pet from the Shelter during normal business hours. Please carefully read ALL of the sections below before you come to the Shelter.
What You Will Need To Reclaim Your Pet
The animal reclaim fee is based upon the number of times you have had to reclaim your animal within a twelve month period, and whether it is spayed or neutered (altered). It is your responsibility to provide proof that the animal you are reclaiming has been spayed or neutered. If you are unable to provide proof, you will be required to pay the fee for intact animals. The animal reclaim fees are as follows:
$50 Reclaim fee for altered animal first offense;
$75 Reclaim fee for intact animal first offense;
$75 Reclaim fee for altered animal second offense;
$100 Reclaim fee for intact animal second offense;
$100 Reclaim fee for altered animal third and subsequent offenses; and
$125 Reclaim fee for intact animal third and subsequent offenses.
(Additional Fees May Apply)
Additional Reclaim Requirements
An animal that has been previously impounded and is now being reclaimed for the third or subsequent time within a twelve (12) month period is required to be:
Implanted with a microchip at the owner’s expense for the purpose of future identification and recovery; and
Spayed or neutered by a licensed veterinarian at the owner's expense prior to the Porter County Animal Shelter relinquishing the animal to the owner. If owner is unable to pay the full costs associated with spaying or neutering the animal, the Porter County Animal Shelter Director may enter into a payment agreement with the owner, or the owner may sign over ownership rights to the Porter County Animal Shelter.
Denial Of Reclaim
Release of the impounded animal to its owner may be denied by the Porter County Animal Control and/or the Porter County Animal Shelter Director if it is determined the animal is vicious or dangerous, diseased, a danger to public health and safety of the citizens of Porter County or for any other good and sufficient reason at the discretion of Porter County Animal Control and/or the Porter County Animal Shelter Director. CLICK HERE for more information about denial of reclaim and bond procedure.