Alliance to spend $2M on pet owner education, spay/neuter rates

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Local animal advocates have a new plan to help central Indiana's stray pet problem.

Nearly 18,000 dogs and cats end up in government facilities each year with few being adopted. Now, several private and public groups will invest more than $2 million to try to fix the problem.

The money will pay for educating pet owners and increasing spay and neuter rates in central Indiana.

"As a result of these efforts we expect to see significant reductions in the number of homeless and unwanted dogs and cats in Indianapolis, a major increase in pet adoptions and a decrease in animal abandonment to this shelter," said Michael Twyman, director of Pulliam Trust.

The recently formed Animal Welfare Alliance is made up of ten groups including the Humane Society and Animal Care and Control.