The Humane Society of Hobart was founded and received it's charter in 1954. Before this time, people were struggling to find a solution to the ever increasing number of strays and running animals who often met a cruel fate. With no facility to hold stray and abandoned animals, valuable and loved pets were sometimes cruelly mistreated or euthanized because they had wandered from home; strays were often shot in the streets.


The shelter was founded by a group of local citizens; the land donated by Bertha Jacoby. The first president, Morris Cox, started a drive to raise funds, supplies, time, labor, and material...anything people were able to give. Through the help of many, the shelter became a reality.

Originally the main office fronted Route 130. But, as the number of animals being brought to the shelter grew, so the shelter had to grow. In the mid-sixties, the present office and large dog kennel were added.

The Society has provided animal control for the City of Hobart since 1957, when we took in 3,000 animals. This number increased to 4,500 in 1960; 8,889 in 1964; to 12,430 in 1972. 10,000 to 12,000 was the norm until the early 80's when Lake County Animal Control's new facility was built. The past ten years we have averaged 5,700 per year.In 1990 our total count was 5,597.

We have no "set time" for the animal's who stay with us. This depends on the individual animal's health and adoptability. We do not claim to be a "no kill" shelter; in fact we feel we are better than most of the shelters who claim to be "no kill". A "no kill" shelter does not euthanize unless deemed necessary by a veterinarian. But a "no kill" shelter may turn away animals should the additional critters "tax their budget" or be ill. Some "pick and choose" which animals they will take. This happens quite often, and the animals are brought to our facility. There are also cases of animals in "no-kill" shelters suffering from illness and disease without treatment instead of being humanely euthanized.

Each animal at our shelter is assessed individually on a daily basis. Most animals who become ill must be euthanized to protect the healthy animals. Except in the summer months when we may get 300+ kittens in a month, most animals stay with us until they are adopted.

Another "plus" in our favor is our high adoption rate. We cannot guarantee every animal will get a home, but they have a 75% chance with us, where the national average at humane societies is only 15%.