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Doggy day care run by young adults with developmental disabilities set to open

About 15 young adults will be at Happy Hounds playing with the dogs, picking up after them, mowing the grass and cuddling the dogs.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A new doggy day care coming to the south side of Indianapolis just might be the first of its kind in the country. It's going to be called Happy Hounds and will be run by young adults with developmental disabilities.

Alex Parker — along with some of his other friends — have been working to get this place ready for business.

"They've been pulling up carpeting," said Jennifer Parker, Alex's mother. "They've been pulling up staples and nails out of the floor. They've been painting and cleaning the yard. You name it, they've been in every aspect."

Jennifer opened The Hope Gallery — named after her daughter — in 2018, a Bargersville boutique where young adults with developmental disabilities sell art and learn every aspect of running a business.

"We want to show the world that they're capable," said Jennifer. "They just need the chance. They need the guidance. They want to work. They are so proud that they have jobs. They want to give back. They want to be relevant, and we're giving them that opportunity to be relevant."

About 15 young adults will be at Happy Hounds playing with the dogs, picking up after them, mowing the grass and cuddling the dogs.

"These dogs are going to be loved more than you could imagine," said Jennifer. "We feel this is a wonderful opportunity for both the dogs and for our young adults."

They hope to have Happy Hounds open within the first few months of 2020.

Click here to learn how you can donate to the Alex & Ali Foundation.