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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Animal Care Services announced Wednesday that it is moving to emergency admission status due to staffing shortages and a lack of kennel space.

“This temporary adjustment to our operations is necessary so that we can continue to care for the hundreds of animals already in our care,” said IACS Deputy Director Katie Trennepohl. “During this time, the shelter will only accept animals in an emergency and any animals released will be at high risk of euthanasia.”

Residents who believe they qualify for an emergency discount can email [email protected]

Trennepohl says animal control officers will still respond to calls, but they will only bring animals to IACS in an emergency.

Anyone who finds a lost animal is asked to try to locate the owners before taking it to the shelter. Pets found should be posted on Indy Lost Pet Alert and shared on social media sites such as Facebook and Nextdoor. Whenever possible, pets should be taken to a veterinarian to be scanned for a microchip. If you are unable to keep a found animal, IACS asks that you do not retrieve it.

If you’re thinking of giving up your pet, Indy Animal Care Services asks you to use the resources on the shelter’s website to find a new home for your furry friend. Re-housing your pet prevents them from entering the stressful environment of the shelter and keeps the kennel space open for animals that need it most.

IACS works with Rehome by Adopt-a-pet.com to promote animals available for adoption that are not in the shelter. Visit this link to create a quick and easy profile and share your pet’s story with potential adopters.

If you need help caring for your pet, such as food or behavior training, the shelter provides assistance through the Indy CARES program or by emailing [email protected] .

The shelter is asking anyone considering bringing a pet into their home to consider adopting now.

Adoption is free and without an appointment. The shelter is open for adoptions from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. To see adoptable cats and dogs, click here.

If you are unable to adopt, there are other ways to help IACS.

  • Foster an IACS animal. Foster families are always needed. Being a foster family helps take animals out of the stressful environment of the shelter, while allowing staff to see how they interact in a home. This information can help find the perfect pet home. IACS provides all necessary supplies for the host family. Visit the homepage to learn more or to apply.
  • Share the IACS story. Sharing shelter posts on social media helps spread awareness of adoptable pets.
  • Sign up to volunteer. IACS is always looking for volunteers. To learn more about the volunteer program or to apply, click here. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old.
  • Make a donation. The shelter is financially supported by its nonprofit partner, the Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services Foundation. Donations help many programs across the shelter, including Indy CARES. Click here to donate to Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services. Supporters can also check the IACS Amazon wishlist to have supplies shipped directly to the shelter.

Benjamin M. Yerger