Target: Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard
Goal: Solicit funding for squalid, understaffed animal shelter
The animal shelter called Animal Care and Control in Indianapolis, Indiana is in urgent need of funds to improve its squalid conditions. It is the largest animal shelter in Indiana and despite past outrage at its poor conditions, the Department of Public Safety said that not much has changed.
A veterinarian position at the shelter has been open since March, the facility is constantly understaffed, and many wounded animals that come in must be put down before they even have a basic checkup because of the shortage. Just to meet the bare minimum requirements, the kennel staff needs to be doubled, according to the Department of Public Safety.
Dogs don’t get taken on walks or get exercise because volunteers and animal technicians are too busy trying to meet the basic needs of the 500-plus dogs that come through the shelter. Kennels are scrubbed once a day with rags that volunteers typically bring from home and the facility reeks of urine and feces the next day. The shelter relies heavily on volunteers and the small staff to do twice as much work as they are meant to accomplish. Because of this, animals slip through the cracks.
While citizens voice their outrage over Animal Care and Control’s dire situation, the past decade has not seen change because the city spends more than $350 million on public safety and doesn’t care as much for animal welfare. It is time to pressure the city into taking action in order to properly help these dogs. Please sign the petition below that urges Mayor Greg Ballard to push for these changes.
Dear Mayor Greg Ballard,
The poor conditions at Animal Care and Control is in a sad state and it has been like this for over a decade. While I understand that the recession has hurt the city’s available funds, there is no excuse for letting the shelter fall into such dire straights as it is now.
The current kennel employees are extremely short-staffed and rely heavily on volunteers to make ends meet. Even with the hard effort of volunteers, the shelter is not providing the basic care that animals need. Past attempts at change have fallen spectacularly short and it is time to do more. Please push for the necessary funds that have been put off for far too long so that we can help these animals that find themselves in shelters.
[Your Name Here]
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