We're responsible for animal welfare services in the City. Our shelter services include animal adoption, lost and found support, owner resources, and pet education. We serve the public in matters such as picking up stray dogs, investigating cruelty or neglect, responding to animals in distress, dog licensing, animal permitting, and upholding municipal code.
Visit our shelter to meet your new best friend! Dogs and cats are available for adoption at our shelter located at 521 Eclipse Place. We are open for adoption counseling and to meet our animals Monday-Friday from 11:00 am-6:00 pm and the first Saturday of the month from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Our adoption staff will help you find a pet that is a match for your home, lifestyle, and personality. You may fill out the SBACC Adoption Application ahead of time or at the shelter or stop in to speak to one of us first. Walk-ins are always welcome.
The shelter is open for lost and found services including lost tours, found/stray animal admission, and in-person reports during our business hours Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Lost and found reports can be taken by phone by dialing 311 or e-mailed to our staff at email@example.com.
Reuniting pets with owners is possible when action is taken right away, check out these proven tips for pet recovery.
My Pet is Missing
Pet recovery should always start with a physical search around the home or the last place a pet was seen. Ask your neighbors to search anywhere your pet might be missing on their property. If you cannot locate your pet after a quick search, contact our staff to provide the shelter a Lost Report. Remember, if your pet has a microchip, contact the company and report your pet as missing to activate their services.
Lost pet tours are conducted during shelter business hours and owners should visit us daily to look for their pet. Most Indiana shelters only have a 3-day holding period for owners to claim animals. It is important to keep in mind that pets are often scared when they are lost and scared animals often look different. A physical tour is the only way to verify an animal in our care may be yours.
I Found a Pet
Most stray animals are missing pets and at SBACC we want to help pets reunite with their families. Dogs found without owners should be leashed, taken to safety right away, and reported to SBACC. If you choose to hold on to the dog and look for the owners, you can bring the dog into SBACC to be scanned for a microchip and fill out a found report in person. If you are unable to hold on to a lost dog and look for their owners, the dog can be brought into the shelter during business hours or picked up by one of our officers.
South Bend is home to many community cats that you may see free-roaming. These outside cats do not need to come into the shelter unless they need medical care. Please contact us for more information on free-roaming cats.
I Saw a Loose/Stray Dog
Please call 311 to report a loose or stray dog that you are unable to approach and safety leash.
Animal Control Officers are unable to respond to reports of healthy loose cats or wildlife.
Animal Control Officers patrol neighborhoods from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday–Friday to assist animals in distress and uphold the Municipal Code. Officers are available to respond to dogs running loose or at-large, injured animals, animal bites, nuisance/cruelty/neglect complaints, deceased animals, and certain wildlife problems. Contact 311 to make a report or file a complaint.
All dogs and cats over 6 months of age must have a current pet license. Licenses must be renewed each year and require proof of rabies vaccines for each pet. Fees are discounted for animals that have been spayed or neutered.
Senior owners and service pets are eligible for fee waivers.
Please refer to the Pet License Application for additional information and to apply for a license.
Get Involved and Donate
Donate to SBACC
SBACC has a special fund set up to receive individual gifts, donations, and bequests that has been established by the City of South Bend. Donations to SBACC go directly to the shelter to assist in our operations and caring for our animals. All donations are tax-deductible under IRS Code 170(c)(1). You may donate by cash, check, or credit card by visiting the shelter, or you can use PayPal to give now.
We always welcome donated pet supplies during our regular business hours. You can also send items directly through a subscription service or online marketplace to our shelter address.
Because many shelter pets have sensitive stomachs we feed Purina Dog or Cat Chow. Please contact us for more information on donating pet supplies and to find out what items we are currently in of and are accepting.
SBACC is always looking for friendly, outgoing, and passionate volunteers. Our volunteers enhance the experience of the animals staying at the shelter by walking dogs, playing with cats, and keeping the shelter clean. They assist with adoption events, fundraising efforts, and greeting our visitors.
To volunteer at the shelter, you must be at least 18 years old. Families and those unable to volunteer at the shelter can get involved with SBACC through our foster program.
Please contact us to learn more and find out how to join the SBACC volunteer team.
- Best Friends Resource Center has information for owners on health, behavior, and training from veterinarians, animal care professionals and other experts.
- PetFinder has articles about pet care and stages of pet ownership (adoption, grief, rehoming).
- Indiana Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) helps eligible pet owners pay as low as $20 per surgery in SNSI’s statewide network.
521 Eclipse Place South Bend, IN 46628
Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Monday - Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
First Saturdays 11:00am to 3:00pm