Indianapolis Animal Care Services under Emergency Admission Status

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Animal Care Services is urging the community to consider other resources for animal release after the shelter moved to emergency admission status on Wednesday.

The status means that the shelter will only temporarily accept animals in an emergency, and any surrendered animal has a high chance of being euthanized. It is at the discretion of the staff to determine what an admission is.

Roxie Randall, community outreach manager, says this is the second time since the start of the pandemic that the shelter has moved into emergency shelters. Animals are currently in kennels in hallways, offices and throughout the shelter building as they are over capacity. IACS is also facing staff shortages.

“There have been larger inflows that have come in and as people have had to return their pets or they have found lost pets, sometimes it all happens very quickly,” Randall said.

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Even if you cannot adopt an animal at the moment, the IACS has the possibility of welcoming animals or volunteering in its establishment.

“We hope this is only temporary, but we need the help of the community. So if you can adopt, do it. If you can become a foster family, do it. If you are looking for a job, check us out,” Randall mentioned.

The shelter is organizing an adoption fair on Saturday, February 19 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

To minimize the impact of the situation, the shelter asks people to try to trace the owners of lost animals before involving the shelter and not to take in lost animals that they cannot hold on to.

“Pets don’t usually stray too far from the house, and owners may not always know or be able to check the missing animal shelter,” Trennepohl said. “Keeping the animal in the neighborhood where it was found will ensure it gets home faster and save limited shelter resources for animals that have no other choice.”

Anyone who finds a pet should report it on Indy Lost Pet Alert and on social media, the shelter said.

Those who think they may be eligible for an emergency discount can email [email protected] However, the shelter urged anyone considering returning their pet to use the resources on its website or help find the animal a new home.

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People can also create a profile on Rehome by to find potential adopters.

Pet owners who need help caring for their pets should use the Indy CARES program or email [email protected]

Plus, anyone interested in adopting can do so for free from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily at the shelter, located at 2600 S. Harding St. A list of adoptable animals is available here.

“We are committed to keeping pets and families together whenever possible,” Assistant Manager Trennepohl said. “When an animal is unable to stay with its family, there are resources that can be used before owners have to resort to returning an animal to the shelter.”

Benjamin M. Yerger