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Adoptable special needs animals at BACC
Adoptable special needs animals at BACC Adoptable special needs animals at BACC Adoptable special needs animals at BACC Adoptable special needs animals at BACC

Adoptable special needs animals at BACC

For more information on these animals, contact 812-349-3492. All information provided by Emily Herr.

By Katherine Coplen

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Although Lil BUB was never in a shelter, animals just like her are cared for lovingly every day in programs throughout Central Indiana. If we could, we'd give a full page to each and every animal rescue and resource provider in the state. Alas, we are contained by the limits of space and time.

We've rounded up, as best as we are able, a fairly comprehensive selection of animal resources in Central Indiana: if you're looking to adopt, rescue a specific breed, find an assistance dog, spay or neuter or volunteer your time, it's very likely you'll find a spot to do that near you. Contact information is linked through our site.

Four of these organizations received large grants from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust in early 2013. With this grant, FACE will be able to double its spay-neuter capactiy from 3,000 to 6,000; the Southside Animal Shelter will have two years of program support for their Silver Tails program, which rescues older and special needs dogs; Cat's Haven can build a free-roaming santuary for more than 100 sick, homeless and feral cats; and the Humane Society of Indianapolis can unite animal organizations in a community-wide public relations campaign.

Humane Society of Indianapolis

With a full array of services and events, two low cost spay-neuter clinics and a large selection of adoptable animals, The Humane Society of Indianapolis should be one of the first places on your list to stop in when you're searching for your new best friend. There's a dog park on the premises; join the Mutt Strut each year on the Motor Speedway or visit one of the 10,000 animals that are taken in each year. IndyHumane is a non-profit organization.

Indianapolis Animal Care and Control

We must, must support the IACC. Overwhelmed and underfunded, many animals are put down due to space constraints yearly. Your adoption from the IACC saves lives. IACC is the largest animal shelter in Indiana, taking in over 18,000 animals yearly. If you can't adopt, consider fostering an animal in your home. (Editor's note: The writer of this piece is a foster parent for cats from the IACC. Email for more info.)

Casa Del Toro

Casa Del Toro educates the public on pit bulls and works to end dog fighting in the state by faciliatating adoptions and assisting in the rescue of fighting dogs. They also work with Indianapolis Care and Control as part of the Kennel Enrichment Program - keeping adoptable dogs destressed to encourage appropriate behavior.

Indiana Canine Assistance Network (ICAN)

ICAN trains and places assistance dogs with Hoosiers with disabilities. And it's a double rehab program - incarcerated Hoosiers train the pups before they're placed.

From the Heart Rescue, Inc.

A no-kill non-profit located in Carmel, From the Heart places animals with loving families.

Indy Pit Crew

"Instead of rescuing dogs and trying to empty the proverbial bathtub with a thimble, we are here to educate and put a stop to the breeding, neglect and abuse." So says the Indy Pit Crew, who works to improve the perception and prospects for pit bulls in Indianapolis and beyond. They host community pet days and vaccine clinics and accept volunteers.

Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana

SNSI and its board of volunteers work to provide surgical assistance fees and education to help reduce the overpopulation of animals in the state.

Mended Hearts RESCUE

This animal rescue specializes in animals that need a little extra TLC - they work with all breeds and ages.

Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership (ARPO)

ARPO adopts out approximately 300 pets per year. All animals are in volunteer foster homes and place all animals inside a 50 mile radius of Indianapolis.

FACE / IndyFeral

The first high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Indy was formed in 1993. Now, they run the Neighborhood Cat Progam with IndyFeral, which has so far fixed 800 neighborhood cats (at the end of 2011). FACE and IndyFeral merged, and are working to create a "no-kill Indianapolis." FACE / IndyFeral also offer adoptable animals.

Cats Haven Indy

Cats Haven is exactly what it sounds - a haven for kitties in transition. They're a no-kill, non-institutional, no-cage shelter that houses both adoptable cats and those felines who have outlived their owners.

reTails Indy

reTails operates Indy's first mall pet adoption center in Washington Square Mall; operated completely by volunteers, and open on the weekend, dogs and cats are adopted out for a small fee (with shots, already spayed and neutered).

Southside Animal Shelter

"True love is rescued," says the SSAS. They take on animals at risk for euthanasia and place them; if they can't be placed immediately, they can stay at the Southside Animal Shelter indefinitely.

PAWS & Think

PAWS & Think serves at-risk canines and teens - youth train shelter pups and learn responsibility. They also provide therapy dogs to youth, adults and those with special needs.

Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO)

FIDO is an all-volunteer group working to better the living conditions for dogs that are continuously chained outdoors. They provide on-site microchipping, fencing, kenneling and other supplies to assistance owners in the better care of their animals.


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