Indianapolis - The City of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control is joining a national effort to stop killing shelter animals for space reasons.
Friday, the IACC will join forces with Move to ACT and Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control Foundation for five days of reduced adoption fees and bonuses for people adopting pets between June 7 and June 11.
The event will take place in conjunction with Just One Day, a nationwide initiative aimed at stopping the killing of healthy, adoptable shelter animals for at least one day.
Statistics obtained by the Call 6 Investigators show 15,614 animals came into the city shelter in 2012, with about 7,000 being euthanized.
117 of the animals euthanized were considered healthy, while 4,214 were considered animals with manageable or rehabitable injuries or illnesses.
The Call 6 Investigators exposed the city’s animal overpopulation problem in 2011.
The numbers are improving.
So far this year, the shelter has euthanized 2,122 animals.
For the same time period in 2012, 2,399 were euthanized.
"2,000 is 2,000 too many,” said Warren Patitz of Move to Act, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about animal welfare. “It's still a number we need to address and improve. I'd like to see no animals brought to the shelter quite frankly, especially adoptable animals. "
IACC Chief Dan Shackle said currently most animals are euthanized for health or behavior reasons, not for space.
“It says the whole community is trying to come together to help us in our situation here,” said Shackle, who credited spay and neuter efforts, along with rescue groups for the improvements.
Starting Friday, the shelter will reduce adoption fees to $50 and people adopting two cats will receive the second for only $25.
Each adopter will also receive a $20 gift card to Pet Supplies Plus, other bonus pet gifts and an entry into a drawing for a $100 Pet Supplies gift card.
“It’s important because we want to get out as many animals as possible,” Shackle said.
On Tuesday June 11, the shelter will join a national effort to stop the killing for Just One Day.
Shackle said the shelter participated last year and did not euthanize any animals for space.
“I think getting to a 90 percent save rate is possible,” said Shackle.
Patitz said people should not surrender their animals, thinking they will not be euthanized.
“Just One Day is not the time to surrender your animal to ACC, and quite frankly, we're asking people not to surrender their animals," Patitz said.