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Pets and Animals


Pets are often our best friends. It's important to do our best to care for their health and well-being. Here you'll find informative links to help keep your dog, your cat, your horse or even your livestock healthy and happy.

Contact the city government office in your community to learn about licencing requirements for your pet.

Animal Shelters | Veterinarians | Fun with Your Pet | Links

Animal Shelters

Animal Welfare Shelter
1825 Chester Blvd.
Richmond, IN 47374

H.E.L.P. the Animals Shelter
2101 West Main Street
Richmond, IN 47374

Veterinarians and Animal Hospitals

Fun with Your Pet

Hill's Bark Park

The Hill's Bark Park is an off-leash dog park where dog owners can take their dogs to run free and socialize with others. It is located at the Middlefork Reservoir Park, at the end of Sylvan Nook Drive in Richmond, Indiana. [Map]

  • Dogs must be properly inoculated. Proof of rabies shot is required at all times. Dogs must be healthy (have no contagious diseases), and be parasite free. If tags are not on the collar, documentation must be in the owner's possession and readily available at the park.
  • Owners must clean up after their dogs.
  • Owners may take no more than three dogs per visit.
  • No children under the age of 6 permitted. Children under 12 years of age are strongly discouraged. Children should at no time be allowed to run with or chase after dogs in the park.
  • Dogs must be kept on leashes until they are released inside the fenced area.
  • Dogs may not enter the park area if they are in heat.
  • Owners are asked to closely supervise their dogs. At no time should the owner leave the park without their dog(s).
  • Do not bring rawhide or food, snacks or treats into the park as dogfights may result.
  • Please remove sharp or spike collars from your dog prior to entering the park. A basic flat buckle collar (with city license, rabies, and identification tags) is recommended. If the collar is removed, the owner must keep in their possession so proof of shots is readily available.
  • Please use the small dog/elderly dog area if you have a dog much smaller than those in the large area, or if you have a senior dog that may not be able to handle romping from the younger dogs. Owners should keep their dogs in their designated areas according to their
  • Muzzling your dog is recommended, and required if your dog shows any signs of aggression. You know how your dog behaves at home. You may not know how it behaves with a group of other dogs. When in doubt, use a muzzle. If it displays signs of aggression at the park, it will not be permitted to return.
  • Water supply and concessions will not be available from November 1 – April 1. Please bring your own water during this part of the year.
  • PLEASE RESPECT THE FACILITIES. Please do your part to keep it as nice as when you arrived.

Download a flier with additional information.

Useful Links

Pet Health

Center for Veterinary Medicine - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Indiana State Board of Animal Health

Animal Health Emergencies

Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center - 888.426.4435

Animal Health and Welfare

American Veterinary Medical Association

Selecting a Pet

Adopt-a-Pet - Search, see photos, then adopt a dog or cat at an SPCA, humane society or animal shelter.

Buying a Dog - read these AKC recommendations before you make this big decision.

Breeds of Dogs

Breeds of Cats

Dog Breed Selector

Exotic Animal Care - answers to questions about Ferrets, Birds, Hamsters, Rabbits, Snakes, Iguanas, Mice and Rats.

Select-a-Pet - to help you choose the best breed for your family.

Pet Training

Doctor P's Dog Training


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Did You Know?

Singin' Sam, the Barbasol Man, (Harry Frankel) was the highest paid radio performer in his time. He was a Richmond, Indiana native and retired to Richmond before his death at the age of 60 on June 12, 1948.