In 2011 we received a generous grant from The Humane Society of the United States to implement their Pets For Life program. Pets for Life uses innovative strategies to save pets by helping communities that because of economic, social, linguistic or cultural factors generally do not keep their pets for life. This program targets citizens that desperately need, but do not have access to, pet care information, resources, or veterinary care. We are also a member of the Indiana Animal Welfare Alliance (IAWA), a collective of animal welfare organizations in Indianapolis that have created a 10 year plan in order to increase public safety and decrease euthanasia by 2020. The IAWA provide us the opportunity to coordinate our outreach efforts with other groups in the city that are providing door to door support. As a result of this collaboration, we focus our outreach efforts on the 46201 zip code which, in 2008, had the largest number of animals going into the Indianapolis shelter as either owner surrenders or strays. For the last quarter of 2012, 40 animals came into the Indianapolis shelter from the 46201 zip code as a stray.
Our Pets for Life outreach is a grassroots, boots on the ground, door-to-door education program. Free training classes with the goal of the citizens and their dogs obtaining their Canine Good Citizen Certification will be offered. We have partnered with the Animal Welfare Center, FACE low cost spay/neuter clinic and VCA Beech Grove to perform the spay/neuter surgeries, medical care and transportation for the pets or feral cats who we are able to help through outreach.
By providing free spay/neuter surgeries, medical care and training classes to 46201 residents, we will reduce suffering, cruelty, prevent shelter overpopulation and promote vet care for animals who live in under-served parts of our city. If we can keep animals with their families and out of the shelter, our outreach efforts have succeeded.
Since May of 2012 we have:
- Spayed & neutered 550 dogs & cats
- Provided 4,750lbs of food to 46201/46218 area dogs & cats
- Provided additional services such as microchips/flea treatment/training to over 1,450 cats & dogs
- Removed chains & ill fitted collars to approximately 550 dogs
If you would like to volunteer to help with our outreach efforts please contact our Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.