IndyHumane is one of the leading animal shelters in the Midwest. As a limited-admission shelter, we limit the number of animals we can take in at any one time, as we do not euthanize animals for length of stay or space considerations. We track the status of all pets that we care for, using a nationally recognized standard.
In 2017, our lifesaving percentage was 96.02. This is calculated according to 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 consistently several times above the national average of 60%, and above the 90% standard to qualify for the label of “no-kill” shelter. We get to this number 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. In fact, in 2017 IndyHumane rescued dogs from natural disasters in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, as well as from the South Korean meat trade. 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.
IndyHumane is a leading voice in Central Indiana for the welfare of animals and improving their quality of life. Since 1905, it’s all about the animals.
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.