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In 2023 over 850 cats and dogs passed through the shelter doors and foster homes of Pet Refuge. From the smallest kittens to the largest dogs, this amazing volunteer team worked hard to find them good homes. Pet Refuge was formed in 1978, when a group of community members realized the need to support the stray animals of Michiana.

On Saturday, March 16, 2024, we will be hosting our annual gala. This event is our largest fundraiser in support of the cats and dogs we care for. This year’s gala is being held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Gillespie Event Center from 5-10 PM on Saturday, March 16, 2024. We have themed this event “Playing for Keeps”, and our dinner and auctions will be centered around a sports theme.

Pet Refuge is a volunteer-based nonprofit with over 275 volunteers supporting it. Volunteers care for the animals in our shelter 365 days a year. Our foster homes care for the younger and more frail animals as they heal and prepare for a new life. Pet Refuge takes in animals that are abused, abandoned, neglected, or can no longer be cared for by their owners. While in our care, these animals receive medical treatment, are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, and microchipped. All dogs are tested for heartworm and placed on heartworm preventative and cats are tested for feline leukemia and FIV. Our goal is to place happy, healthy pets with loving adoptive families.

We hope you join us and attend our gala on March 16th.

There will be activities, food, raffles, live and silent auctions for everyone to enjoy.

Meet our cats and dogs waiting for homes!


Kittens (under 1 year old): $100    |  Adult Cats (1-6 years old): $75  |  Senior & Special Needs: $50
Puppies (under 1 year old): $300    |  Adult Dogs (1-6 years old): $200  |  Senior Dogs (7+ years old): $75

Note: a 4% processing fee will be charged for Credit/Debit card transactions



Are you in need of dog or cat food?

We have a food program available to help.

Stop in our shelter  Monday–Friday from 10 am to 3 pm 

or call 574-231-1122 to learn more.

Head to the Dairy  Queen on South Michigan Street in South Bend (3907 S. Michigan) and get some treats. While you're there, get your favorite 4-footer a PUP CUP!!

They will love it and you will also be helping the dogs and cats of Pet Refuge. With each Pup Cup purchased a very generous donation is made to Pet Refuge. 

Do you shop at Kroger??

If you do, you can sign up for the Community Rewards Program and Pet Refuge will get a donation based on a percentage of your spending.  It's so easy and you can help us help our Dogs and Cats!!  Thanks!

Sign up here:

Thanks to your help, for the 1st quarter of 2023 we received $549.17 from Kroger! 

Did you know that we collect pop cans and beer cans as an ongoing fundraiser???  Place your bags of cans by the shed on the South side of our building.  Thanks!


Although we try to help as many cats and dogs as we can, overpopulation is a problem in our community. 


We recommend that you try other options to place the animal while on our wait list.




We encourage you to screen interested parties for your pet and ask for references including a vet reference. 



We wouldn't be able to serve without the gracious support of our sponsors! 

Check them out on our SPONSOR page!

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