Animal Reclaim Requirements

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Animal Reclaim Requirements

If an animal has been found by SBARC or is the product of a public or police drop off, the pet owner will need to come into the shelter as soon as possible and identify their pet. Owners will need to provide proof that it is their animal, via microchip, photos or receipt of adoption/purchase/contract and that the animal has a current rabies vaccination.

Stray animals WITHOUT a chip are held for 3 business days and after the third day, stray animals become property of South Bend Animal Resource Center.  Stray animals WITH a microchip will be held for 5 business days while SBARC attempts to notify the owner.  After the fift business day the animal will become property of South Bend Animal Resource Center.

How much will it cost to reclaim my pet?

1st time - $15.00 reclaim fee

2nd time - $50.00 reclaim fee

3rd time - $75.00 reclaim fee

4th time - $100.00 reclaim fee

In addition to the reclaim fees, the owner will be required to pay a mandatory micro chipping fee of $20.00 if their animal does not already have one in addition to any applicable vaccination and boarding fees. If the animal resides in South Bend, they will also be required to purchase a city license if not already licensed.  

Any second time redemption will result in a mandatory spay/neuter of the owner's animal at the owner's expense.


Where is South Bend Animal Resource Center?

South Bend Animal Resource Center

521 Eclipse Place, South Bend, IN 46628.  

The shelter is located between Westmore and Bendix Drive, behind Kennedy Park and Kennedy Primary Center. 

When can I reclaim my pet from South Bend Animal Resource Center?

Anyone who is reclaiming their animal or see if SBARC has found their animal may come in Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

How do I get more information on ?

For more info call 311


311 Process Notes

It would be helpful for them to know their will be fees to reclaim their animal.