Pet RefugeWhere new beginnings have happy endings


Telephone: 574 231 1122 | 4626 Burnett Drive, South Bend, IN 46614

Who Are We



Pet Refuge is a not-for-profit "no-kill" animal shelter established in April 1978.  Pet Refuge is run by volunteers for the placement of unwanted and abandoned pets into responsible permanent homes.  We are totally dependent upon monetary and material donations from people like you in the community.  There is a waiting list to intake all animals that come into our shelter.  We recommend that while you have your cat or dog on our waiting list, you also try other options in trying to place them such as run an ad in the newspaper (please do not advertise for free).  Also, check with family, friends, co-workers etc., to see if they can help you out.  Screen potential interested parties for your pet and ask for references including a vet reference.  Pet Refuge will try to help as many cats and dogs as possible; however,  pet overpopulation is a problem in our community.    



What We Do


  • Maintenance of an office in South Bend (telephone 231-1122) to coordinate prospective owners with available pets.


  • Requirement that every adoptive pet owner sign our adoption agreement promising the best possible care of the animal, including necessary shots, medical care, and return of the animal to Pet Refuge should problems develop.


  • Adopt-A-Pet Days are held every Wednesday and Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon for both cats and dogs.


  • Maintenance of a number of foster homes and a shelter where unwanted and abandoned pets are cared for until permanent homes can be found.


  • Initial immunizations given to our dogs and cats.


  • Spaying/Neutering of all adult cats and dogs in our foster homes and shelter before adoption.


  • Leukemia and FIV test for cats and heartworm test for dogs.



Our Mission


  • To protect the health, welfare and provide the best possible placement for every animal placed in the care of our organization.



  • Recognition of the value of each animal life, and therefore, no euthanization of any animal unless determined by a veterinarian to be the most merciful treatment.


  • Spaying and neutering of every animal to help control pet overpopulation.  Check out our ABC Clinic.  Phone: 574-291-SPAY (574-291-7729)



  • Educating the public as to pet care and welfare.

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