Indianapolis Animal Care Services is getting a new shelter! Here's their press release:
On Feb. 23, Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the City’s commitment of $18 million towards the construction of a new shelter facility for Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS). The funding will come as part of a $190 million investment in City-County facilities, the kickoff to the “Circle City Forward” plan for public investments. Site selection and design is expected to be finalized for the new, more modern shelter by the end of 2021, with construction expected to begin in 2022.
“When the current shelter was designed back in the 1980s, it was designed only to house animals for a short period of time until they could be euthanized,” said IACS Deputy Director Katie Trennepohl. “Our purpose and mission have since changed, and the needs of both IACS and the community have far surpassed the capabilities of the current building.”
Along with increasing the number of adoptions, in recent years, the shelter has also refocused its efforts to helping keep pets and families together by doing such things as:
• Creating the Indy C.A.R.E.S. program to provide resources and support for pet owners faced with the difficult decision of surrendering a pet;
• Teaming up with community partners, such as, Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO), FACE Low Cost Animal Clinic, IndyHumane, and the Street Outreach Animal Response (SOAR) initiative to host free vaccine clinics and other events to support pet owners in caring for their animals; and
• Being 1 of 30 shelters in the U.S. and Canada to be chosen as a Human Animal Support Services (HASS) pilot shelter to re-imagine the way animal shelters provide resources in their communities and strengthen the human-animal bond.
“A new shelter will not only allow us to continue all the great work we’ve started over the last few years, it will allow us to create even more programs to support pets and owners across Marion County,” said Deputy Director Trennepohl.
The total cost of the project will depend on the location and type of construction, but it is expected to exceed $18 million. IACS hopes to secure the remaining funding needed from philanthropic partners, a capital campaign by the Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services Foundation (Friends Foundation), and other funding sources. ]
Anyone who would like to donate to the new shelter project can do so here: https://friendsofindyacc.org/shelter-campaign/.