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Indianapolis Animal Care Services to upgrade facility with $3 million donation

Indianapolis Animal Care Services to upgrade facility with $3 million donation

Indianapolis Animal Care Services won’t be working out a 20th-century building for much longer, thanks to a $3 million donation from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. 

The new animal care facility is part of theSherman Park redevelopment project—the industrial park where RCA and GE were once located—and will be on North Sherman Drive and East Michigan Street.

“We are thrilled to be able to contribute $3 million to this project, one of the largest single grants we have ever awarded in Indiana,” said Kent Agness, trustee for the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. “The new facility will provide much-needed, expanded companion animal resources, education and support.”

In 2021, the IACS took in 10,092 animals—3,580 were adopted, 1,207 were returned to their owners and 1,031 were euthanized—while it took in 15,292 in 2019.

A report from The New York Times in 2019, found, at least in large cities, a major drop in euthanasia rates since the 1970s and especially over the last 10 years.

The article credits “large-scale activism, industry professionalism and shifting cultural attitudes” for the decrease and notes that adoptions have increased since 2009.

Because of worker and kennel shortages, the IACS will currently “only accept animals in emergency situations and all surrendered animals will be at high risk for euthanasia,” according to the city’s website.

“Today is a big day for IACS staff and volunteers, who have overcome the challenge of an outdated facility to deliver important care to the animals of the Indianapolis community,” IACS deputy director Katie Trennepohl said at an event announcing the contribution. “We’re so grateful for Pulliam’s contribution and to everyone in the community who supports us.”

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