Put Humane Society Calumet on your short list if you are considering companion animal adoption (or fostering)

Right after Candy got adopted, I decided to take a couple of weeks to revisit my decision to wait on getting a new dog. So back online I went to find companion animals I wanted to consider.

One of the dogs that caught my eye on Petfinder was Banjo, whom I originally thought might be a rat terrier because of his photo and description as “mixed breed.”


No doubt I saw a similarity to Candy, my first foster dog, which explains my initial attraction to Banjo.

Banjo, a probable yellow Labrador Retriever mix, at Humane Society Calumet, in Munster IN, Saturday, July 6th, 2019.

Once I saw him, Banjo had “lab” written all over him which the volunteer said he probably was. Banjo came from a high-kill shelter in Mississippi and besides passing all the behavioral tests with flying colors, Humane Society of Calumet knew little else about him.

The above photo was taken inside the vestibule on the Animal Clinic side as Banjo had come down with an upper respiratory infection. They graciously allowed me to see him there, after making clear that I couldn’t interact with any animals after that. I’m thinking that as I didn’t have any animals at home, as well as mentioning, how I had fostered Candy through her bordetella stint may have played a part in their decision as well.

What else made for a great first impression were the cheerful attitudes and welcoming, inclusive demeanor of everyone I dealt with–from the adoption coordinator and reception volunteer on the phone to both the staff and volunteer Christine who brought Banjo out to meet me.

Gayle, Chicago South PAAWS

Agreeing to let me see Banjo was very accomodating . After seeing that Banjo was a much larger dog (larger dog and lab=energy on the high to extreme end was my thinking) than I was looking for,Christine took it up a notch by making me feel good when I made mention of this (still sharing their adoption process information including the affordable $150 adoption fee that included neutering) by telling me “It always help the dogs to get out and have interaction with people” regardless of my decision to adopt.

As I told several people afterwards, this is the kind of reception I expect to get from a shelter or rescue that I am considering adopting an animal from or working with.

What a wonderful thing to say…and come across as you absolutely mean it!

Yes animal homeless shelters are very, very busy places–like people shelters, there is always more to do than people to do it– but the decision to make an interaction “short and snappy” should be balanced with long-range thinking. And that is, even if the person who walks through your doors doesn’t end up adopting an animal that day, they could adopt later and send others your way.

Also remember that each person who walks through your door could be your next fostering parent, all-around volunteer, sponsor, or donatee. Small donations add up too!

Many people end up adopting animals because they feel guilty or feel pressure (often unconscious for sure) by the animal sheltering people. However when the animal isn’t a good fit personality or lifestyle wise, it does neither you nor the animal any good.

Which is why I cannot recommend enough that you check out Humane Society Calumet (formerly Hammond Humane Society, which I never knew, though living in the area for many years)…click here to learn more about the Humane Society Calumet back story and rebranding effort).

Also note they have some great reviews on yelp as well…

Image Credit: NWI Times

“The organization has grown and changed so much since I started as a volunteer in 2004,” CEO Rachel Delaney said. “I’ve had the pleasure of watching us transform from a small animal shelter to an organization that also includes a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, wildlife center, education center and resale shop.”

Source: nwi.com

Wonderful people to deal with.

And they are a hop, skip, and a jump from the Chicago South Suburbs too.