About Us


The Dekalb Humane Society filed its Certificate of Incorporation on December 23, 1975, and was granted 501(c)(3) status in March of 1976. The principal office and adoption facilities are located at 5221 U.S. Hwy 6 in Butler, IN.


Mission Statement

The mission of the DeKalb Humane Society is to provide animal welfare activities and services primarily in DeKalb County, IN. These activities and services include animal acquisition, evaluation, veterinary care, fostering and housing, rehab and training, and adoption into an appropriate home or setting. Adoption includes screening of potential adopters and follow-up evaluations of placements. The DeKalb Humane Society seeks to raise awareness of, and respond to, animal neglect and abuse situations, as well as educate the public regarding responsible animal ownership and animal welfare issues.

DeKalb Humane Society Bylaws – Revised 02/08/2018


February 22, 2018 Statement from the board on the bylaw revisions:

The DeKalb Humane Society board revised the dated 2010 by-laws of the society.  Multiple changes were made, including membership of the society.

After review and consultation with LaGrange, Noble, Steuben County boards, and legal counsel, we have agreed that having an appointed board would bring stability and consistency to the shelter operation and be consistent with surrounding county shelters, whom all manage via appointed boards.

Our commitment has been and will remain to be a “no kill shelter”.  Adoption fees are charged to cover expenses from caring for the animals. We are not associated, nor plan to ever become associated, with puppy mills.

The board will remain committed to guiding the humane society in a new and positive direction and prepare for future shelter needs.

The shelter staff is committed to serving visitors at the shelter with courtesy and respect. We welcome visitors and questions from the community and encourage volunteers to be a part of the shelter operation.