Muncie Animal Care

About the Office

The Muncie Animal Shelter provides animal control service and an Adoption Program. People wanting to adopt an animal from the Muncie Animal Shelter must enter into the adoption with an adoption contract. The contract requires that all animals that have not been spayed or neutered, be spayed or neutered within 30 days after the adoption. Spay and neuter vouchers are given out for cats and dogs that are adopted through the shelter. A free sample of Science Diet pet food is given out with each adoption. All animals that are adopted or reclaimed from the Muncie Animal Shelter are micro-chipped through Avid PETrac and registered Nationwide for ownership identification.

Animal Shelter Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday -- 10am - 5:30pm

Saturday -- 12pm - 3pm

Sunday -- Closed

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Adoption Information

Use our page to view and search the adoptable pets currently at the Muncie Animal Shelter. Adoption fees are as follows:

  • Cats : $65.00
  • Dogs: $100.00*

All animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

*$100.00 with rabies shot, $90 without.


Animal Control Complaints

During operating hours, please call the Shelter directly at 747.4851.  Off hour emergencies should be addressed to the Muncie Police Department by calling 747.4838


Volunteer Information

The City of Muncie Department of Animal Services Volunteer Application is now online and available for download.

 Click here for the Volunteer Introduction Packet


Volunteer Opportunities

Dog Walking

Help keep our shelter dogs happy and healthy! Much of their time is spent in a kennel and they need a chance to stretch their legs and receive individual attention. Exercise provides mental stimulation and relieves the stress of kenneling. During each dog walking shift, all available dogs must be walked. Volunteers considering dog walking should be comfortable with dogs of all sizes, breeds, and ages. Volunteers need to be able to read kennel cards, transfer dogs in and out of their kennel, and handle dogs of all sizes during a short walk. The time commitment is two hours per week for 6 months or longer. All dog walkers attend a group training seminar to learn the specifics of the position.

Cat Care

Spend time helping our cat staff during the morning cleaning shift. Clean cat kennels and cat colonies on the Adoptable Side and Stray Side of the building. This position involves handling the cats, giving fresh food and water, and changing litter boxes. This position requires volunteers to work a 2 hour shift once a week for at least 6 months. Cat care givers need to be able to kneel to clean lower cages, bend over, lift cats, lift large bags of litter and cat food, read the cats' kennel cards and follow verbal instructions.

Adoption Counselor

Minimum age is 18. Assist visitors in their search for a great companion. Be familiar with the animals available for adoption. Encourage visitors to complete an Adoption Survey so we can match them with an animal meeting their lifestyle. This position requires advanced training and a commitment of at least one year. AC shifts are 2 hours in length. We encourage volunteers to spend time in direct animal care for a month before making this commitment. Additional training is provided

Canine-ality Assessor

Find out what personality each of our adoptable dogs has by performing this test. Knowing a dog's "Canine-ality" is helpful in creating the perfect match! Interested volunteers must be especially comfortable with dogs.
Each dog is evaluated individually using elements of this test. Additional training is provided.

Feline-ality Assessor

Find out what personality each of our adoptable cats has by performing this test. With an overwhelming number of cats at the shelter for adopters to choose from, knowing a cat's "Feline-ality" helps them stand out! Additional training is provided.

Doggie Date Night

Our dogs love the opportunity to take a quick break from the shelter and head out on the town with a volunteer. Each week a list of dogs that would do well playing at a park, going for a jog, or checking out downtown is posted.

Special Events

Volunteers help at special events showcasing Muncie Animal Shelter adoptable dogs and cats.


Help our animals get noticed by taking pictures of our adoptable cats and dogs! Pictures are used on Petfinder, Adoptable Pet Posters, and Facebook! Pet photographers should commit 2-3 hours a week and have lots of patience to capture a good quality photo. Feel free to use your own camera or borrow ours!

Pet Descriptions

A funny or clever pet description can help an animal stand out! Spend time each week getting to know our adoptable cats and dogs, then write about them from their perspective. Pet descriptions will be used on
kennel cards, Pet Finder, and Facebook.


Kitty Tales

Kitty Tales is a community engagement program geared at promoting literacy in our young community members while helping shelter cats! Kitty Tales will bring their choice reading material (we also have books available) during business hours to read aloud to shelter cats. Kitty Tails is most suitable for children between K-5th grade levels.



901 W Riggin Road
Muncie, IN 47303

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Robert F. Kennedy visited Muncie in May of 1968. The Ball State men’s Gym was selected as the location for Kennedy’s speech; however there was much concern over filling all the seats in the gym. Conversely, the Gym was filled to capacity, with an estimated 9,000 people filling all the seats and the entire playing court, after playing waiting hours for Kennedy’s appearance.

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Muncie City Hall
Third Floor
300 N High Street
Muncie, IN 47305
(765) 747-4845
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