Bartholomew County Humane Society
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4415 E 200 S, Columbus, Indiana 47201
(812) 372-6063

Hours of Operation



Who We Are
Our Mission
  • Provide humane support, care, shelter, and medical attention to abandoned and homeless animals
  • Place adoptable animals in quality permanent homes
  • Network with regionals shelters to place animals
  • Promote education for responsible pet ownership
  • Help enforce animal control laws
We are a small shelter in Columbus, Indiana serving the Bartholomew County area.
BCHS was established in 1966 as a memorial for a local child.
We have a staff of seven dedicated workers and several volunteers caring for approximately 1000 animals annually.
Our active board of directors represents a cross section of the community.

Daily Needs
Frequent Needs
  • Clay cat litter
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Heavy duty trash bags
  • Blankets & rugs
  • Copier paper
  • Dry dog food (Iams)
  • Dry cat food (Iams)
  • Baking soda
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Powdered dishwasher soap
  • 1st class postage stamps
  • Heavy pet bowls
  • Clip-on bowls
  • Tape (scotch, masking, duct)
  • Garden hose nozzles
  • Gift cards for Marsh, Jay C, Kroger
  • Scissors
  • Break-away cat collars
  • Ferret hammocks
  • Empty shoe boxes
  • Small and medium ceramic crock bowls
Q: ​What is the cost of adopting an animal?
As of May 2017, the adoption fee is $120 for a dog, and $110 for a cat.
Any animal at the shelter for over a year is free to adopt. There will only be a $20 application fee.

Q: Are there any special offers to reduce adoption cost?
There is a "Monthly Special" that reduces the cost of adoption.
The Monthly Special varies per month and often has a theme corresponding to holidays.
The theme for May is "Black and White" (Indy 500 checkered flag colors)
The theme for June is "Fathers" (Father's day)