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Humane Society-Calumet Area Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To lead the community in the humane treatment of animals.

Programs: The organization also supports the reduction of unwanted animals by promoting the spay/neuter program. The organization provides community services such as visiting area nursing homes, education in the school system, and speaking engagements. The organization does receive some revenue from the sale of pets and pet supplies.

Community Stories

61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kristen82

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteers at the Humane Society for almost 8 years and during that time have truly come to appreciate what an incredible place it is. Medical care, enrichment, and assistance to dogs who are truly in need, even dogs pulled from other area shelters. We are so fortunate to have a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who are incredibly caring and continuously go above and beyond for the animals. I am humbled to be a small part of this organization.

Jessa P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love HSCA! We adopted our first pup from there a few months ago and the process was simple. They do such an amazing job keeping us updated and engaging us to post pics of our alumni pup on their Facebook page. This organization is filled with great people doing great things to change the lives of innocent animals during their time of need!

Paula96

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Chica a little over a year ago, 6 months after losing my 16 year old mini doxie. The staff and volunteers were wonderful and professional. It took me a few visits to decide to adopt Chica, since she was quite opinionated, but with the support of staff and volunteers, we got her home and she became much more friendly and affectionate. I have become friends with some of the volunteers (in person and on Facebook!) and they are still providing assistance and support. This is a great organization which does wonderful work, and deserves our support.

Roberta S.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering at HSCA for 10 years. As I have visited other shelters I have come to realize that we are lucky in that we have far more resources than a lot of facilities and I think that is a benefit for the animals. The staff at the shelter is like a family to me and I know how difficult their jobs truly are. They are passionate about what they do and it shows. The animals are treated with love and kindness, they are like our babies and sometimes it is hard to let them be adopted. I have seen this organization grow over the years and look forward to many more years of helping in their mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog Mavis (formerly known as Virginia) from HSCA last December, shortly after losing my dog of 15 years. The staff was really understanding and helpful when I came in at first, missing my girl and just wanting to be around dogs for a little while. They let me take my time in the bonding rooms with several dogs, even before I was actually ready to adopt. They do great work for the animals and have really fun, creative fundraising events. I am planning to adopt a second dog from them soon!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Humane Society Calumet Area for the past six plus years, I have spent literally thousands of happy hours there. If you want to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals, HSCA will give you ample opportunity to do so.

Tim_91

Donor

Rating: 5

The Humane Society does a wonderful job of placing homeless pets in their forever homes and caring for all animals in general.

Heather284

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humane Society Calumet Area is by far one of the best shelters around! First and foremost it is a no kill shelter which is the only way shelters should be in my opinion, the staff goes above and beyond in everything they do!! I have been a volunteer with the HSCA for a few years and I love everything they stand for & do what I can to help out w/ anything that will benefit this amazing shelter!!! I'm also a monthly cage sponsor (1 dog/1 cat) I even shop amazon smile when buying from Amazon so the proceeds benefit this shelter!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE Humane Society Calumet Area. I walk dogs, foster kittens, help with adoptions at the adoption center and help with events outside the shelter. The staff and volunteers are like family to me. We all share in the love of all the pets that walk through the doors of the shelter and we share in the shedding of joyful tears and happiness when our pets find their forever families and walk out of the shelter doors. All staff and volunteers love the HSCA pets unconditionally and they are treated with love and respect while they wait for their forever families to take them home. HSCA is a great resource in Northwest Indiana and the surrounding communities.

Julia75

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with, adopted from, and worked alongside this organization for years. By far some of the most wonderful, caring people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. The facility is clean, bright, and well-maintained, and the resident adoptables are well-cared for and socialized as they wait for their forever homes. We love the HSCA!

Bob_113

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted the world's two greatest cats from HSCA 14 years ago and again 9 years ago. To pay them back I started volunteering there this past Summer. They are truly wonderful people who do great work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 4 dogs from HSCA, Frootloop, Mandy, Missy (RIP) & Floyd, and I couldn't be happier. The folks at the Society do their best to make sure that each one fits in with my "pack," as adopting a dog is a lifelong commitment. I love each and everyone of them.

Kathy278

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with this shelter since 1981 when I adopted my first dog. Now retired and volunteering there, I see the inner workings of the organization and I wouldn't be anywhere else. Even though there are dozens of animals there, each is treat as an individual that gets lots of love, enrichment, and care. Good job, HSCA!

Donor

Rating: 5

These people are amazing!!!!! I adopted all of my pets through them over the last 20 plus years. They do amazing work and make sure all the animals are placed in good loving homes. I am a supporter of them and the work they perform. These are the 2 most recent additions to my family that were adopted over 4 years ago. Thank you for being there for these and all the fur babies!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I Adopted all of my fur-babies from them. I first adopted Nikki who was Shepard mix. I adopted her at the age of 9 months when they were located in Hammond, IN. I lost her due to cancer at the age of 17. She was my best friend. I then adopted a cat who is also the love of my life then I adopted a Collie mix. These 2 I adopted 3 years ago and they are best of friends. This place cares, truly cares! They make sure all animals go into loving homes and are going to be well taken care of for the rest of there life. I will always donate and adopt from them!

Former staff

Rating: 5

Humane Society Calumet Area is a wonderful shelter. They have an amazing no kill rehabilitation policy. The shelter is doing INCREDIBLE things for pets in lower income communities. This is a wonderful group of people working extremely hard to proactively save the lives of homeless pets.

Client Served

Rating: 4

They are Amazing and advocate for homeless pets! They are always active in the community, setting up charity events to help each and every animal that come in their doors! Their staff is always friendly and willing to answer questions!

Ashley140

Donor

Rating: 5

I follow them on Facebook and love all they do for the animals!!!

Sarah273

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our black lab, cocker spaniel mix Aztec from HSCA in 2006. He is now 10 or 11 and most definitely is my best friend. I'm grateful to the organization for caring so much about animals in need. I've been to multiple events/fundraisers they've hosted and am always impressed. I love stopping in to chat with the friendly volunteers and staff, and to hear about new, happy adoption stories. Thank you for everything you do, HSCA!

Brenda89

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a wonderful dog at one of the Humane Societies "clear the Shelter " events and he is the most wonderful dog ever. Everyone at the Humane Society were very nice and extremely helpful and I love that it is a "No Kill" facility. Please go there to get your next pet. Too many animals available for adoption.

Mary383

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat 12 years ago and he was the best buddy I could ever have asked for. I recently had to say goodbye to him due to cancer. I would go back to HSCA in a heartbeat to adopt! Great place! Thank you!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the one Charity I routinely support. They work hard both staff and volunteers. I can't believe how dedicated the volunteers are to their duties. Walking the Dogs in the rain and snow can't be too much fun but you would never know it by watching them and even talking with them. I routinely drop off my newspapers and shredding once a week along with plastic grocery bags that they use to pick up after the dogs.
Their resale shop is an especially nice place to check out. I find the donations they receive to be of a much high quality than I first expected.
I just wish more people in the community would at least take the time to bring their newspapers over to the containers. It takes no time at all if you are out and about. This facility is a no-kill shelter and needs all the help our community could provide.
Humane Society-Calumet Area Inc truly cares about the animals.

Mary284

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog Lucy back in 2007 and found out how ''great'' this place is. I also saw how hard they work to take care of all the animals needs. They work tirelessly and do their best to make sure that each animal goes into the right home. The staff and volunteers work very hard to keep the animals happy . Since adopting my dog I became a volunteer there. This is my way of saying "Thank You'' for the greatest gift in my life ( LUCY) my dog . I help out in any way I can. This is a great organization !!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog from there 7 years ago and could not believe how hard they work to find the right homes for the animals there.I became a volunteer after a while and became involved in helping all I could.The people there really take care of these animals and work exceptionally hard to earn the money to help these animals. I can honestly say I am proud to be a volunteer there.The shelter is a non -profit organization. Three people that I know have adopted from there and they are happy with the care their animals received while there Great place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome place! Adopted our dog from here last year. They made sure she was healthy and a good match for our household. Were very honest about the issues she might have. (She was a little touchy about being touched on her tummy and feet). They explained the way to approach that issue, and she is now happy to flip upside down for a tummy rub. Highly recommend them when looking for your next family member

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of Calumet Area is a great organization that promotes responsible pet ownership to the community. I appreciate everything they do for the pets that care for.

Jules5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our cat Timex in 2008. He has been my shadow ever since. HSCA made us understand that they loved him and that they wanted the best fit for both family and pet. Great loving hearts here.

Dana58

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had a great experience when we adopted our Betty 11 years ago. Staff was wonderful and Betty was a great dog!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The HSCA has always been a strong presence in the community it serves as well as the surrounding cities in both Indiana and Illinois. They offer services that include canine training as well as human training for the first time dog owner. People are encouraged to come to the cattery and relax while reading to a cat or just cuddling with a feline friend. Fundraisers are held to support the shelter while bringing people together to share ideas and information regarding rescue, adoption and care. I could go on but I think that all of the work that HSCA does is designed to support every aspect of an animal's well being....and they do it with love and compassion.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since I was a kid my family has always adopted from here. They people there are seriously amazing. They go above and beyond to help animals get adopted and make sure they go to good homes. Now that I live on my own and ha e my own house I wanted to get my own pet. Normally they want you to be 21 to adopt cuz most people at 18 still live at home and aren't stable enough to keep a dog. Me being 19 at the time, I was sad I couldn't adopt but I went in anyway and cell in love with the dog I have now. They worked with me and let me adopt after proving I had my own house and what not. They didn't just give me a dog they gave me a best friend. I was at a low point before I got her and bcuz of them I'm beyond happy. My dog has an amazing home and amazing family now. The people that work there are some of the few good people left in the world. Come to work, don't get paid and they take money out of their own pockets to help support the animals there. 10000000 thank yous, to you guys. Keep up the good work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

About a year and a half ago, I started the process of adopting a dog. I was so impressed with their facilities and how much they work with the dogs! I am so grateful to the staff, as they are truly dedicated to helping animals. If it wasn't for them, I would have never found my sweet dog. She is the best companion I could ever ask for, and I will continue to support this organization. When I start looking for a sibling for my puppy, I will definitely return to this shelter!!! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great place! I always donate items here and I'm proud that it is in my neighborhood. I encourage anybody and everybody to check this place out and rescue a beautiful animal. I adopt rabbits from here and I've had the time of my life with them! Please visit and please bring some goodies for all of the animals! You won't regret it and the Humane Society will be forever grateful!

Debbie178

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Me and my children have participated for the past 5 years in various events the Humane Society has. We did Christmas for the animals and brought in treats and toys for the animals. We participate in raising money and doing the yearly Paws in the Park walk. This past month we participated in Tag Days and raised over $175.00. I also frequently check their Wish List and drop off donations needed by the shelter. I am very grateful for all the work they do to help animals. It's nice to know there's people that care about animals as much as I do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am new to volunteering at HSCA but I have been a donor for awhile. Seeing all the wonderful work that this facility does for the animals in the area is what made me want to volunteer & help be a part of caring for these beautiful animals. Everyone is so friendly & helpful & always have the best interests of the animals in mind. They do a great job of involving the public through their many events. And they also help to educate people about the importance of spaying/neutering & offer guidance with the proper care & training of your new rescue pet. This is a wonderful organization & I'm proud to be a small part of the amazing work they do everyday!

Debbie173

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

-I adopted a black/white lab/pit mix puppy in February 2015, Mom and Dad, Romeo ad Juliet was at the shelter also. It was a Great,Easy experience... They had a application to fill out, but it wasn't crazy over the top.....The people were nice and friendly, i got to meet the Mom, and I went home with the Best Little Girl ever.....Her name is Gypsi, and she is almost 9 months old now, very smart dog...and my Best friend....I would recommend the Humane Society, calumet area to anyone looking to give a dog/cat, a loving home....

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Parker (formerly Tabasco) when he was just nine weeks old from HSCA. That was nine years ago and I still tell friends looking to adopt to head over there. Great staff, clean facility, animals are well cared for. Thank you HSCA for introducing me to my best friend!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at HSCA for 11 years now. The animals are loved and well taken care of. If they weren't, I wouldn't still be there! Of course, I now have my own zoo at home (an "occupational hazard"), but I still go to HSCA to help as often as I can. The animals need us, and we need them. Please come and help us by volunteering, or help the animals by adopting or donating.

Liz_54

Client Served

Rating: 5

After losing our Black Lab(Jakob), our Dalmatian mix(Lucky) went into a depression-he had never been alone before, so on his way home from work, my husband stopped by the Humane Society Calumet Area shelter and instantly fell in love with our Hound (Ozzie) and set up to adopt him-we only had to bring Lucky in to "Meet & Greet" before we brought him home....while there my husband mentioned that he had originally come in to see if he could find a Lab & it just so happened that a Lab (Otis) puppy's adoption had fallen thru, so we met him(of course I feel in love), he met Lucky, who immediately accepted him and within 1 week we had added 8 new feet to our home! As it turned out, Otis was a rescue from a Petland store in the area& would have been put down if it wasn't for the wonderful people of this Humane Society, and we have taken our boys back to visit the wonderful people to say Thank You for caring!

Barb35

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our first cat as a kitten in September of 2011. Best experience we could have ever asked for. When we moved to a bigger house we made the decision to adopt a second cat. We adopted an older cat April 2014. Another great adoption. My family are all proud supporters of the Humane Society and would highly recommend adoption from this facility.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've seen first hand the amazing work of HSCA not only working for an animal clinic in the community but a donor well. When I found a stray I couldn't keep, they were so helpful in taking him in and caring for him.
Great staff, great facility, great work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter turned twelve this year and was interested in becoming a volunteer at the Humane Society. They have so many opportunities for the children to get involved. We are able to volunteer together and spend quality time doing what we love.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with the Humane Society Calumet Area for 20- years. When I started working with them the building on Columbia Avenue in Hammond was barely standing. There was room for very few dogs and even fewer cats. The miracle which has been created at HSCA today is almost unbelievable. There have been times when there has been as many as 450 animals housed in the facility on 45th Avenue in Munster. Each and every animal is tested, treated, fed and given loving care until they can find their "forever home". This is due to an amazing staff, employees, outstanding volunteers and donors. The volunteers at HSCA are the most dedicated, hard working, patience, loving people you will ever find. The most important people who keep the shelter going are the donors and the volunteers. Without those two groups of people, the advancements of adding an Intake Center, then a clinic, PAWS move to bigger quarters, then joining in with other rescue groups to aid in animal welfare across the region would not have been possible. I feel HSCA is and will continue to be at the forefront of animal care in the Calumet Area for years to come.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I decided to adopt my first dog from Humane Society Calumet Area back in 2008, after going to multiple shelters before. I didn't feel comfortable with any of the other shelters, and didn't feel like they actually cared about matching me up with an appropriate dog. After looking through and finding the dog I wanted, they worked with me to make sure she was right for me and I was right for her. I could tell they really cared about not only me, but the forever-home that the dog would end up with. I would recommend them to anyone else, as I have had such a great experience and ever since I adopted my dog in 2008, she has been my best furry friend since. Thank you Humane Society Calumet!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to visit Humane Society - Calumet Area and see the amazing work they are doing first hand. With a group of such innovative, compassionate, and energetic staff members, they are making such a positive difference for animals in Indiana.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Humane Society Calumet Area is one of the best shelters in Indiana. Animals who end up there are lucky to land at an organization with such a caring, compassionate and progressive staff. They are true leaders in the field and simply do a phenomenal job for the animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 animals from this shelter. They have an amazing volunteer program and are always open to suggestions. They are truly helping the community and strive to help people in need. From their food bank to low cost vaccines. I can only hope to see this facility grow and change how the community views shelter animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a no-kill shelter that is very professional, clean and attentive to the animal (no matter what the small animal is). I volunteer there occasionally and find the above to be true. We are most fortunate to have this organization in our town. They try their best to promote animals through many fund raising events, newspaper articles, and other forms of advertising. My husband is a dog walker and he re- inforces the above information.

1 DJLORi

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Upon my first visit in 2011 to volunteer for this non-profit organization, I also ended up adopting a senior Boxer with extreme health issues within 2 weeks of putting in my application :) But to focus on the reason for this review, this organization is a fine organization that works hard to help animals for adoption, foster care and much more. I, myself, volunteer and provide many donations of different kinds when I can due to my busy schedule, and I always see how they really care for the animals, as a whole. The staff is caring, compassionate and friendly, and I would recommend this establishment 100% :)

1 Elaine H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the Humane Society Calumet Area for 7 years. I currently work with our Humane Education Program which was established to teach the children of our area (through schools, scout troops and Critter Camp) the humane treatment of all animals. Through this program, children not only learn about humane treatment of animals but, also, humane treatment of each other. HSCA values every animal life. I work with the foster program caring for special-needs animals. My experience has shown me that the medical staff gives each of these dogs or cats the specialized care they need so that each of them can reach their full potential. There are no animals that leave HSCA not feeling loved and well cared for. The staff and volunteers are a team with the goal of making the shelter experience for each animal a positive one. I am very proud to be associated with the HSCA family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with the shelter for 4 years. I started as a volunteer because I wanted to help the animals. Not only did I help them I also made many friends there. I now help foster any animals they need help with from dogs to rabitts. I was talking to one of the emplyees there telling them how I would like to become a vet and they allowed me to help the vets in the clinc over the summer.This was defanitly one of the best experiences of my life! This isnt just a non kill animal shelter. We are a family all working together to help the animals have a better life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just adopted a new puppy from the society. This is the second one we have adopted from them. Great place to volunteer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The pets at Humane Society Calume Area are so well cared for. They have even opened a new spay-neuter clinic to help with the over-population problem in the United States. When you walk in there you really feel an atmosphere of caring and concern. I can't think of a better place to donate

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with HSCA for over four years and have found the best group of dedicated volunteers and staff. These people are dedicated to the animals first and go far above and beyond their job as an animal shelter. They are the only group in our area that offers comprehensive Humane Education programs and pet therapy to local nursing homes. I can't say enough good things about his place!

1 Kathleen28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most hard working and dedicated group of people I have ever worked with at a non profit organization. They are truly dedicated to the cause and raising awareness for adoption of these animals. I am so proud to be a part of this organization and encourage others to join us in saving these rescues. Pay forward!!!

1 Carole J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the Calumet Area is an excellent facility for animals who need care and shelter and food and affection from the many wonderful people who are part of that shelter. They do so many wonderful things with the animals in their care; always placing animals in their new homes with the utmost care. I am impressed with the professional way that the shelter is operated. The welfare of the animals comes first with them. The Humane Society of the Calumet Area is already No. 1 on the list of top rated non-profits in my opinion! Carole J.

1 Beth57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer because my daugher wanted to be a voluneer as soon as she was old enough. This shelter is AWESOME! The animals are treated with such wonderful care. The staff is extremely helpful. Cheryl does an amazing job. My daughter really enjoys socializing with the kittens in the bonding rooms. She loves spending time in the cat colony. I'm happy that I can be a part of bringing a pet and family together. Recently my son has become a volunteer as well. He enjoys socializing with the puppies. We have participated in several off-site adoption events. These events teach my children how important it is to be responsible pet owners.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for this Humane Society and am very proud to tell other people about it. I love the fact that it's a no-kill shelter and kept very clean for the animals. I love volunteering for this Humane Society and the people that work there are so caring. :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humane Society Calumet Area is an awesome place to volunteer at. It's a great way to spend your time and help out the animals. I have even met some great friends there. It's never a boring expirence and there is always something to be done. The great thing about this place is that it is a non-kill shelter; meaning all the animals will stay there until they get a home. The only bad thing I could possibly say about this place is that you just might end up taking someone home with you...but then, is that really a bad thing?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined HSCA as a volunteer after losing my best friend of 13 years - as hard as that is (we all know) -it led to one of the best decision I have ever made. The staff and volunteers are incredible (with a special shout out to Cheryl, the volunteer coordinator - the best). They partner with other shelters and organizations to better inform their own community served as well as the national community of people and their beloved pets. The world is a better place for all their efforts - truly.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a good place to volunteer that treated the animals with respect, was no-kill, and had friendly employees. When I saw Humane Society Calumet Area I thought it was the perfect place for me to donate my time. It truly was! The staff is super helpful and kind. The animals are kept clean and exercised often. They always have fun adoption events to attend. All in all, they truly put the animals' well being first. This is a great place to donate to and to volunteer with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humane Society Calumet Area is an awesome, no-kill facility that works on saving each pet by finding the perfect forever home. They don't shy away from animals with special needs. Mama Mia has had surgery on both of her back legs, Scooter (with his broken spine) has had physical therapy and now has his wheels, three legged Ginger is going for walks with her new Daddy, Reno help a child with cqncer get through her chemo, even though he has a badly deformed limb. These are just a few of the many stories with happy endings found at HSCA.