IndyHumane receives several grants to keep animals out of area shelters

June 6, 2023 | BlogNews


INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Local animal welfare nonprofit IndyHumane recently received grants totaling more than $174,000 to help with various initiatives designed to keep dogs and cats out of the growingly over-burdened central Indiana shelters.

IndyHumane received $150,000 for the IndyHumane Downtown Clinic. The Downtown Clinic has served the community since 2012. This low-cost/high-volume clinic has a dedicated team of veterinarians and vet technicians supported in part by the grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. Equipped with surgical facilities, the Downtown Clinic provides affordable spay/neuter services and vaccines services to smaller rescues from across central Indiana, local animal welfare partners, and animals owned by the public in an area where there are few veterinary resources. Spaying and neutering prevents the birth of unplanned puppies and kittens that often end up in shelters. Since opening, the Downtown Clinic has provided spay/neuter and basic veterinary care to an average of 7,000 animals annually.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust was established upon the death of Nina Mason Pulliam on March 26, 1997, to support for 50 years the causes she loved in her home states of Arizona and Indiana. The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust seeks to help people in need, especially women, children and families; to protect animals and nature; and to enrich community life primarily in metropolitan Phoenix and Indianapolis.

IndyHumane received $20,000 from Best Friends Animal Society to increase lifesaving transfers to their shelter. IndyHumane’s intake team will coordinate with two shelter partners to transfer high-need animals to IndyHumane, to provide lifesaving medical care and adoptions for more than 200 cats and dogs during the grant period. 

Best Friends Animal Society works alongside thousands of animal shelters, rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations to save the lives of cats and dogs across the country and to make euthanasia for overpopulation a thing of the past by the year 2025.

IndyHumane received a Return to Home Challenge Grant totaling $4,375 from Maddie’s Fund® a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, for efforts made to return stray pets to their homes. During the challenge period of October, 2022, IndyHumane located the owners of seven (7) dogs and one (1) cat brought into the shelter.