City tries new approach to animal overpopulation with Indy Mega Adoption Event

INDIANAPOLIS - City officials and animal advocates are trying a brand-new approach to curb the killing of cats and dogs across Indianapolis

Indy Mega Adoption Event will take place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday and organizers hope the event will make a big difference.

At the city shelter, 5,000 dogs and cats are killed each year and many of those animals are perfectly adoptable.

It’s a symptom of Indy’s animal overpopulation problem and the lack of space and resources of area shelters.

Animal lovers want a change. Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, the FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic and other shelters and rescue organizations are partnering up for the adoption event.

"The entire goal is to adopt out as many animals as we can in those two days," event organizer Megan Bennett said.

There will be more than 700 different animals to choose from.

"It's sort of a supercenter. You get to see all these different animals," Bennett said.

The idea has worked in Arizona and Florida. Critics say that adopting in one day can lead to less-qualified pet owners, but Indy organizers disagree.

"They've done these events for a few years now and they've found the return rate is no different than it would be at a shelter. The adoptions are still screened. Every adopter has to fill out an application and they ask good questions, see if all the pets at home are spayed or neutered. Just make sure it's a good home for their pet to go into," FACE Clinic Event Coordinator Janet Mellinger said.

Every pet at the adoption event will be spayed or neutered in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals born in the city.

Organizers hope the novel concept will make a big difference when it comes to a big problem.

"We have a definite need to wipe out euthanasia in Indianapolis and with big events like this, I think we can do it," Bennett said.

RTV6 is proud to be a media sponsor for the event. It runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the South Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

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