Welcome to Loving Heart Animal Shelter!

The Loving Heart Animal Shelter is a private, independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of community members who are dedicated to animal welfare and currently a full time Executive Director. We are funded primarily through private donations and service revenue. We are not controlled or funded by any statewide or national organization. Donations made to national animal welfare groups do not benefit our local pets. We are based in Lafayette, Indiana.


Loving Heart Animal Shelter is a no-kill animal shelter and adoption organization. Our shelter strives to create an environment which enhances awareness of the humane treatment of animals. The mission of Loving Heart Animal Shelter is to rescue healthy and treatable dogs. This shall include, but is not limited to sick, injured and abused animals, strays, and owner relinquished animals. We will nurture and restore them to happy healthy lives in loving permanent homes.


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Mutt of the Month:

Yoshi, A 4 year - old American Bulldog mix. 


Do you have a soft spot for Big Bully Blockheads, like Yoshi? If you want to fall in love with a good looking, 4 year old, 75lb, hunk of dog...


Yoshi was rescued from a high-kill animal control facility in Indianapolis. At Animal Control, he passed the temperament test and went to the adoption floor; but, because he wasn't showing well due to kennel stress, he was made "rescue only." Yoshi quickly came to stay with us.

If you come to meet Yoshi, you need to excuse his kennel behavior - the kennel shows Yoshi in the worst light. Outside the kennel, Yoshi loves people. He's a very handsome boy who loves his treats - already, he knows sit and shake and will probably catch onto new cues pretty quickly. In addition to treats, Yoshi loves giving kisses and getting belly rubs.

Yoshi does well with dogs but can be forward when meeting them, so we recommend a meet-and-greet if you have another dog in your home. We don't know how Yoshi would do with cats.



Meow of the Month:


Joplin is just what you need on a cold day along with your cup of hot cocoa. While that steaming creamy drink may warm your throat, Joplin's purrs will warm your heart, and that is just what our sweet girl wants to do: Love and be loved unconditionally. Joplin has been at our shelter since the end of August, and we do not understand why. She has an amazing, calm personality, a heart of gold, and will fit well into practically any home.

Joplin arrived in our care when she was surrendered by her owner. For the first few days she was very scared and unsure, but she quickly warmed up and showed us what an amazing cat she is. Although she is only three-years-old, Joplin is a calm cat, wanting nothing more than food and water, a comfy place to rest, and somebody who will love her. Sometimes she'll run around for the fun of it, but for the most part she prefers to curl up and watch the action instead of being part of it.

We think Joplin will thrive in a calm, quiet environment. She will be an amazing companion for a home-bound person looking for a friend, someone who likes to curl up with a good book or watch a show or two, or somebody who wants to cuddle up with a kitty after a long day of work. But, most of all, Joplin is looking for a home where she'll be loved and cherished forever.
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