Critical Need for Adopters, Fosters Persists

Shelter seeks to avoid increasing euthanasia

Black cat in animal shelter

Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) is urgently asking for the public’s assistance to
avoid an uptick in animal euthanasia due to a lack of space and resources.

Since announcing the crisis and winter weather concerns earlier this week, IACS has facilitated the
adoption of eight cats and 17 dogs, as well as the transfer of another 27 animals to rescues. While IACS
greatly appreciates those who have answered the pleas for help, the shelter still has 58 dogs in
temporary housing and a total of 277 animals in the shelter at 2600 S. Harding St. There are 73 dogs
ready to adopt today. Adoption fees are currently being waived, though donations are encouraged.

“We’re now having to make difficult decisions due to our currently limited space and anticipation of
additional intake this weekend,” IACS Deputy Director Katie Trennepohl said. “Our rescue partners have
been a huge help, but the greater community will need to show up if we’re going to avoid an increase in

Over the last two months, IACS has taken in over 1,400 animals. The shelter relies on adopters, fosters,
and animal rescue organizations to keep animals flowing and make space for at-risk animals in need.

Interested adopters can view available animals and submit their pre-adoption application online, and
the kennels are open for public walkthroughs from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Adults
with a valid driver’s license may also apply online to foster an animal.

In 2023, IACS facilitated nearly 3,537 dog and cat adoptions. Pet owners at risk of surrendering their
animal to IACS due to a lack of resources may be eligible for assistance from Indy C.A.R.E.S. Visit to learn more