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Highland residents have a long-standing history of loving both furry and feathered friends. If you own a pet – or are thinking about adopting one – here's what you need to know.


Police officers along with VIPs officers handle all calls regarding stray animals – pets as well as their wild cousins. Beginning in 2013, the town entered into a partnership with the Humane Society of the Calumet Region. The Humane Society is a no-kill shelter and works with the town to house stray pets until their owners can be found.


Please note, the town requires all animals to be on a leash when they are outdoors.

Leash laws, as well as laws that require animal owners to pick up after their pets, are strictly enforced.


If you have a lost pet:


Call Highland Police nonemergency at (219) 838-3184 to file a report. Police dispatchers keep a log of all lost animals and do the best they can to reunite pets and their families.


If you have found someone else’s lost pet:


Call Highland Police nonemergency at (219) 838-3184. If the animal has a license tag on its collar, police dispatchers can help match the lost pet with its owner. If not, they will make arrangements to take the animal to the Humane Society until the owner can be located. The Humane Society will only release an animal after it has been authorized by police. Residents will have to assume lodging costs for their pet.


If you are having an issue with a wild animal or stray dog or cat:


Please call Highland Police non-emergency (219) 838-3184 to report a stray dog or cat as well as domestic and wild animals that pose a threat or are injured. If a wild animal is a nusiance and does not post a threat, please contact a local wildlife specialist for help.


If you are looking to adopt a pet:


Please consider adopting from the Humane Society Calumet Area, 421 45th Ave, Munster. The Humane Society is always on the look-out for loving families to pair with one or more of their cats, dogs, rabbits, even birds. INFO: (219) 922-3811 or





Residents are reminded to pack plastic when they walk their pooches through neighborhoods and parks.


“Some residents are simply not picking up after their pets,” Highland Town Council President Dan Vassar said. “And, baseball and softball fields cannot be used as dog runs.”


Pet owners who fail to clean up after

their dogs could be penalized under

town ordinance.


Highland Municiple Code 6.05.100 Animal waste


The owner of every animal shall be responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by his animal on public walks, recreation areas, or private property. [Ord. 730, 1976. Code 1983 § 4-10; Code 2000 § 92.10]. Penalty, see HMC 6.05.110.



Highland Police Department

3315 Ridge Road

Highland, IN 46322


Non-emergency telephone:

(219) 838-3184


Fax: (219) 972-5095