IndyHumane announced today that it will open its long awaited Animal Welfare Center on the near Westside at Holmes and West Michigan Streets in the Haughville neighborhood. The organization will be one of the first of its kind in the nation to provide animal welfare partner groups with phone lines, a physical address, and a presence in the city’s target neighborhoods.
The IndyHumane Animal Welfare Center, which will open in the spring of 2012, will house the Albert G. and Sara I. Reuben Vaccination Clinic, and will offer low cost cat and dog vaccines. The center will also provide pet-care resources and assistance with feral cats, pit bulls, and chained dogs via the efforts of the IndyHumane Outreach/Education Coordinator and our partner groups: IndyFeral, Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO), and Indy Pit Crew.
Additionally the IndyHumane Animal Welfare Center will be the home of the Albert G. and Sara I. Reuben Spay- Neuter Initiative. While the center will not immediately be able to offer high volume spay/neuter services, it will be the call center for SpayIN(diana), a referral hotline offering spay/neuter referral assistance on a statewide level. Once the additional funds are raised, a spay/neuter clinic will be added and will provide these much needed services.
“In our community, 10,000 dogs and cats are euthanized each year,” said Kirsten VantWoud, who is currently director of shelter operations at the North Michigan Road location and who will lead operations at the IndyHumane Animal Welfare Center. “That number is substantially down from previous years thanks to the diligence of many dedicated groups. What is unchanged is the18,000 animals brought in each year to Indianapolis Animal Care and Control. Nearly 75% of these animals come from only 10 zip codes. Our Center is in the heart of one of those zip codes.”
About IndyHumane: The Humane Society of Indianapolis does not put animals down for space or time and is the leading voice for the welfare of animals and improving their quality of life. IndyHumane is the first choice in providing direct services for shelter cats and dogs, including adoption, foster home placement, behavior training, appropriate medical care, and low-cost vaccine services. As the voice for the animals, IndyHumane brings together like-minded animal-focused individuals and groups to educate the public about animal welfare issues and concerns. For over 100 years, it’s all about the animals.
A private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that receives no public or private government funding, the Humane Society of Indianapolis is Indy-based and independent, and is supported solely by contributions, grants, bequests, investments, and adoption and service fees. For more information and current adoptable animals, visit http://IndyHumane.org.