Hundreds of dogs and cats await adoption adoption at the Indianapolis animal shelter

Hundreds of dogs and cats await adoption adoption at the Indianapolis animal shelter

Pet adoption is free at the Indianapolis Animal Care Services shelter, which is almost at full capacity.

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Hundreds of dogs and cats are ready to find their homes forever, said Roxie Randall of Indianapolis Animal Care Services.


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“We’re about to fill all of our cages again,” she said.

There were nearly 100 adoptions last weekend, which is a high number, Randall said.

“But on the other hand, we took in as many animals as we could get out of the building,” said Randall.

The shelter is so full that there are animals in “almost every office,” Randall said. “Usually we only put an animal in an office under extreme circumstances.”

There are currently more dogs than cats living in the shelter.

“But our cat numbers are growing fast with kitten season approaching so we may be busy very soon,” added Randall. She said the warm weather could be a factor in the large number of dogs at the shelter, as they are more likely to be outside and may run away and others may be in heat.

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All animals urgently need a home.

“We are using all the resources we have for them. As long as they stay healthy and friendly, they will stay on our adoption floor. They can be pulled by our rescue partners, even our adopted ones can be pulled by them, as can our medical and behavioral cases, ”Randall said. “As an absolute last resort to euthanasia, but these are for animals that are medically suffering or have behavioral problems and we believe it would be unsafe to go public.”

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But adoption isn’t the only way to make a positive impact.

“Funding would be a big help because that’s what brings them out of the area around the shelter,” Randall said.

The animal shelter offers “everything you need for a foster home”, be it “medical care, medication, if a box is needed we provide a box, food, bowls, blankets”.

The high capacity of the animals in the shelter is an additional burden for the staff.

Randall said the shelter is unable to offer walk adoptions every day due to staffing levels. Adoptions are currently possible seven days a week, only by appointment every day except Wednesdays, if the animal shelter only carries out adoptions from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

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The personnel burden means that “Volunteers are also of great help, because volunteers can go for a walk with the dogs or hang out with the cats and give them the sociability for which our employees currently have no time.”

The adoption fee is usually $ 60

And if you want one of those cute canine eyes or want to expand your family, adoptions, which normally cost $ 60, are now completely free!

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