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.