• History

    In 1958 the first board president was elected and the membership established under the name of the Marion Humane Society.  It was not until 1960 that the Marion Humane Society was incorporated as a not for profit organization and in 1963 the name was changed to the Marion Grant County Humane Society Inc. whereas Grant County began to contribute financially to the Humane Society. In 1968 a shelter was built by the Society on Tulip Drive in Marion, IN and although small in size with 13 indoor kennels and a 10’ x 10’ room with stacked cages the humane society never lost focus of their purpose to aid in the prevention of cruelty and harm in all its various forms upon animals.

    In November of 1997 the Society through generous donations and fundraising efforts bought an existing building on Avon Avenue in Marion, IN and renovated it into a 40 dog kennel shelter with an open area for kitty condos and within a few years established the Marion Grant County Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic in an offsite rented facility.  For many years up until 2008 the Marion Grant County Humane Society was responsible for the contractual services to the City of Marion and of Grant County for animal control.  Eventually due to insufficient funding and deterioration of the shelter building and with the addition of a city operated animal control facility the Humane Society was forced to close their shelter.

    The Marion Grant County Humane Society’s work continued in spite of not having an actual building through foster care homes, the operation of the spay neuter clinic, organized adoption events  and fundraisers.  By April of 2011 the Society had regrouped and through generous donors, dedication and determination had officially reopened a 5,000 sq. ft. facility, now called the Marion Grant County Humane Society Animal Orphanage and Rescue, with the spay neuter clinic on site, spacious kennel areas, a cat aviary with outside access, a large exercise yard for the dogs, quarantine areas and a separate mother and babies room. The Marion Grant County Humane Society’s goal is to operate as a no kill animal orphanage and rescue facility and to work diligently “Until They All Have a Home”.  


  • Revised Ordinance in the City of Marion 2014


    1.Every female canine and feline in estrus (heat) shall be confined in a building or secure enclosure (for the purposes of this section, a chain or fence shall not be considered a secure enclosure unless it is enclosed on all six sides), so that the female canine or feline cannot come into contact with another animal of that species, except for planned breeding.

    2.An animal in estrus that is not in a secure enclosure may be impounded in the animal shelter.

    3.An owner who reclaims an animal in heat within seventy-two (72) hours of impoundment must leave the animal in the animal shelter until the animal is no longer in heat, at the cost equal to the actual cost of housing the animal, not to exceed fifty ($50) dollars per day.

    4.Second violation of an animal in estrus not being properly contained, the owner of said animal shall be required to have animal spayed by a licensed veterinarian within twenty-four (24) hours of reclaiming animal from Marion Animal Care and Control at the owners expense.

    5.Each dog or and cat over the age of six months which is kept in the city shall have been sterilized and rendered incapable of reproducing by a licensed veterinarian unless a veterinarian has certification in writing that it would not be in the animals best medical interest.

    6.It shall be unlawful for a person to own a dog or cat not in compliance with this section and for which, the owner does not have a current and valid intact breeders permit.

    7.A violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine not less than $200.00 for each offense and for each recurring violation. A veterinarian who sterilizes a dog or cat shall provide to the owner a certificate containing owners name, address and phone number, date of sterilization, description of the animal, the name of the veterinarian facility and the veterinarian signature. Each owner of a dog or cat which is kept in the city shall produce the sterilization certificate upon request by an officer authorized to impound animals.


    No animal shall be tied or fastened by any rope, chain, or cord except under the direct supervision of the animal’s owner. Restrained animals must wear a properly fitted collar or harness made of leather or nylon, not of the choker type. This is not to prohibit the proper use of choker collars in the training of animals. The tying device shall be attached to the animal’s collar or harness. If a chain is used, such chain shall not have a total weight of more than one-eighth of the restrained animal’s body weight.