$2M investment to help tackle Indianapolis stray dog and cat population

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Area animal rescue groups have joined forces to tackle the growing number of unwanted dogs and cats in the Indianapolis area who are often not spayed or neutered.

Top Indianapolis officials and animal rescue groups admit the city has long had a pet problem. There are nearly 18,000 animals that end up in shelters each year, but a big investment that is expected to make a difference was announced.

A coalition of private and public animal rescue groups are coming together to support the campaign called ‘Love me. Fix me’ that will focus on spay and neuter services in underserved areas, adoptions and responsible pet ownership.

The Nina Mason Pullian Charitable Trust and two other funders will be offering nearly $2 million over a three year period.

“She was slated to be euthanized the next day,” said Sarah Dizney who has adopted several dogs from local rescue groups.

“Where’s the bone? Where’s the rope?” said Linda Beatty as she described all of the commands her rescue knows.

She adopted him from the the Humane Society of Indianapolis.

The groups involved have identified 10 different zip codes where most of the animals are coming from.

“It’s basically a crescent from the near east around the south part of the city to the west side. 46201 and 46203 are our largest zip codes,” said Kirsten VantWoud with the Humane Society of Indianpolis.

Indy Humane, which will act as the lead agency, will open a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Haughville this July. It will be accessible to all Indianapolis residents. Their goal is to perform 5,000 surgeries a year.

They will also provide pet transportation thanks to the funding. A new van will be purchased so accessibility is not a problem either.

“Today, the dream begins to be fulfilled. New work begins now that will change the face of animal welfare for our city and make it a more humane city,” said John Aleshire, CEO of Indy Humane.

The funds will be used by the groups over a three year period.


  • nikeenya cousins-stubbs

    My dog got hit last. Nite is there any help forme i dont have the finances to go to the vet r transportation can u guys help us with resources please

    • Jessica

      Your dog needs medical care ASAP. If you want a rescue group to provide medical care for your dog, you will have to surrender your dog – unfortunately, there is not financial support for free medical care.

      If you are unable to afford veterinary care and do not want to surrender your pet, please consider humane euthanasia (putting the animal to sleep) to prevent him or her from suffering.

      These clinic are more affordable, but they are not free:
       Emerson Pet Clinic, http://www.emersonpetclinc.com, 1502 N. Emerson Av. Indpls. IN 46219 – Hours: M-Sat Ph: 375-1737
       Holt Rd Pet Hospital, http://www.holtrdpethospital.com, 3015 S. Holt Rd. Indpls. IN 46221 – Hours: M-Sat Ph: 487-1122
       Keystone Pet Hospital, 4410 N. Keystone Av. Indpls. IN 46205 – Hours: M-Sat Ph: 546-2476

  • Adam Henry

    Wondering why the Cities Animal Control didn’t get any money granted / donated to them? Would seem like if your trying to reduce the amount of animal on the street that maybe more officers or resources for them would have been a smart investment?

    Great – you have a tone of money to spend on fixing the animals but how you going to catch them? I don’t see any gain to Indy Animal Control itself to help curb the problem of being short handed…

    • Jessica

      You can't really donate money to the city – if you do, it may go to animals, it may go to DPW, it may go to police/fire. The idea is to prevent the animals from even getting to Animal Care and Control.

  • Cecily

    Use your brain just a little bit.

    If the animals stop reproducing, the population will stop exploding.

    There is no feasible way to catch all the strays. And anyway that's like trying to clean up milk spilled on the table by mopping it off of the floor.

    The main reason why there are so many strays is that irresponsible owners let their pets breed – and then can't find homes for the offspring. Then the offspring are unfixed strays and go off into the world, reproducing as well. So IndyHumane is trying to fix the first part of the problem – making spay&neuter accessible to anyone for their pets for little or no cost.

    It's damned admirable if you ask me.

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