Indianapolis Animal Care receives $3 million grant to help build new facility – Indianapolis Business Journal

Indianapolis Animal Care Services on Wednesday announced a $3 million grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust which will be used to help fund the construction of a new IACS facility in the near east part of the city.

The planned facility, which would replace the existing and outdated shelter at 2600 S. Harding St., is to be built on a 22-acre city-owned parcel at 710 Sherman Drive as part of the city’s redevelopment of Sherman Park. The site once housed an RCA/Thomson Consumer Electronics factory which was demolished in 2017.

The project was announced in February 2021 and received an $18 million commitment from the city’s Circle City Forward initiative. An estimate of the overall cost of the project was not disclosed, but Mayor Joe Hogsett said there remains a funding shortfall.

The city said pre-development work is underway at the new site. Additional environmental corrective actions are expected before the groundbreaking of the new facility can take place. The design of the campus is not yet finalized.

Plans call for the new campus to include an on-site medical facility, which the current facility does not have. The existing facility was built at a time when most animals brought to the shelter were euthanized and is generally operating at capacity.

“For more than 30 years, Indianapolis Animal Care Services has been located in a building that was not originally intended to be a full-care animal shelter,” Hogsett said in written remarks. “Thanks to funding from Circle City Forward and the generosity of donors, we look forward to a long overdue update. This gift from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust will go a long way towards making this improvement a reality.

The trust is named after the wife of Eugene C. Pulliam, founder of Central Newspapers Inc., the former parent company of The Indianapolis Star and The Arizona Republic.

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

Katie Trennepohl, assistant director of the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services, said the move will meet the needs of IACS as well as the east side community.

“Being on the near east side will allow us to provide resources to a community that is historically underserved and where we see the greatest need for animals in Indianapolis,” Trennepohl said.

When the new facility is complete, all operations will be moved from Harding Street to the new campus. It’s unclear what will happen to the old facility after the move, said Brandi Pahl, spokeswoman for the Department of Neighborhood Affairs and Services.

Pahl said the new facility could be completed within the next two years.

Benjamin M. Yerger