IACS out of space, offering free adoptions to avoid 'tough decisions'

Bernadette has been at IACS for more than 100 days. (Photo: IACS)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Indianapolis Animal Care Services has reached capacity for cats and dogs and is in serious need of people willing to adopt.

"This morning, we started with zero open dog kennels and cat cages," director Katie Trennepohl said in a press release Friday.

The staff is working to find space for animals that are still coming in, but the shelter says the public's help is necessary.

There are also a number of animals that have been in the shelter for longer than a month, including some that have been there for more than 100 days.

The shelter is offering free adoptions to help pets find homes. It closes at 6 p.m. Friday. Saturday and Sunday the shelter is open 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. If people do not adopt enough animals to free up space, "staff will be forced to make some tough decisions," the release said.

Anyone who needs to drop their pet off at the shelter is asked to set up an appointment by calling 317-327-1397 and choosing option 3. Because staff is so busy with all the animals, callers may need to leave a message.

If you are not currently in a position to adopt, there are other ways to help:

  • Volunteer to help out with walking, enrichment, cleaning and other tasks.
  • Donate supplies like pet food, cat litter and cleaning supplies. Find the shelter's wish list on Amazon.
  • Spread the word about overcrowding. The more people who know, the more opportunities there are for adoptions.