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No vacancy: Indianapolis animal shelter is full again

Adoptions encouraged as holiday approaches
Posted at 7:08 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 19:08:33-05

INDIANAPOLIS — If you've been considering adopting a dog or cat, now may be the time.

Indianapolis Animal Care Services has another full house at the city shelter, 2600 South Harding Street.

During the recent "Adopt-a-Thon," 101 animals found new homes. But in less than a week, the shelter has taken in more than 150 animals, meaning the kennels and cages that were empty are now full again.

"While we are grateful for the community's support during our first-ever Late Night Adopt-a-Thon, we are still in desperate need of more adoptions," said IACS Deputy Director Katie Trennepohl. "To accommodate the animals that continue to come into the shelter, staff members have started setting up portable crates for them to stay in until a kennel opens up."

The goal is to adopt out as many animals as possible before the Thanksgiving holiday. The shelter will be closed November 27-29.

"If you've been considering adopting a new pet, but you aren't sure if it will be a good fit, we strongly encourage you to try out our Cuddle Before You Commit Program," said Brandi Pahl, Chief Communications Officer. "This program will allow you to foster a dog or cat for 14 days. If everything works out, on day 15, the shelter will finalize the adoption and the animal is yours."

Right now, all adoptions at the shelter are free and include a microchip, spay/neuter surgery, and all age-appropriate vaccines.

The shelter is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through next Tuesday.