IndyHumane provides direct services for cats and dogs, including adoption, foster home placement, positive reinforcement behavior training for adoptable animals, appropriate medical care, and affordable spay/neuter and low-cost vaccination services to the public. In 2019, supported by more than 600 volunteers, we provided services to more than 10,000 dogs and cats, found loving homes for more than 3,800 homeless pets, and achieved a live release rate of 96%.
As a limited intake shelter, we take in as many animals as we can save every day. We do not euthanize animals for length of stay, kennel space, or cost of care. Our model for care is centered around ensuring the Five Freedoms (freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury, or disease, and freedom to express normal behavior) for all our shelter animals. We track the status of all pets that we care for, using the Asilomar Standard, which reflects options for animals including adoption, transfer, and return to owner. The data provides a breakdown of the health and adoption status of every animal in our care.
IndyHumane’s lifesaving rate (96%) is calculated by comparing the number of animals we take in to the number we adopt out. Reasons an animal might leave the shelter other than adoption include being transferred to another (sometimes breed-specific) rescue, or a lost pet being returned to its owner.
This rate is especially impressive considering we take in animals not only from our city shelter (Indianapolis Animal Care Services) but also stray animals, animals surrendered by their owners, and animals from other rescues in Indiana and beyond. These animals received a second chance to find a loving home, when time and/or resources had run out at their original shelters.
IndyHumane gives our cats and dogs the time and care they need to find a loving home. However, because we take in some extremely vulnerable, sick animals at times, including newborn orphaned kittens, a very small number of the animals in our care do pass away or are humanely euthanized to end suffering due to incurable disease or injury.
We are also proud participants of the Shelter Animals Count database, where we join hundreds of other shelters nationwide and share our data in the hopes of analyzing that data in a way that will allow shelters to find more ways to save lives.