Indy Shelter shares tips for keeping pets safe over New Years holidays



Unfortunately, the IACS said that if it took in too many stray animals, staff would be forced to slaughter some animals.

INDIANAPOLIS – As the New Year approaches, fireworks will begin to light up the sky. But with the large lighting screens, the number of runaway pets is increasing and Indianapolis Animal Care Services is asking the public for help this weekend.

The IACS staff are overwhelmed at the moment and hope the public will help return lost animals to their owners instead of returning them to the shelter.

Unfortunately, the IACS said that if it took in too many stray animals, staff would be forced to slaughter some animals.

Here’s what they say residents should do to help a lost pet get home:

  • Look for a collar and tag. Some pet owners sew their phone number into the collar.
  • Lost animals tend to stay close to the house. Post a photo of the animal and its location on Indy Lost Pet Alert, NextDoor, your neighborhood social media group, and your social media accounts.
  • Take the animal to the nearest veterinary clinic to check for the presence of a microchip. If there is an electronic chip, contact the owner. If there is none, hold on to the animal and continue to search for its owner.

The IACS also shared some tips for keeping pets safe during the New Year’s holidays:

  • If your pet has a microchip, make sure the information is up to date. If you are unsure which company your chip is from, contact your vet’s office for assistance.
  • If your pet is not microchipped, the shelter offers a microchip for $ 10 without an appointment. Owners must bring their photo ID, animal photos / videos and veterinary documents for each animal.
  • Write your contact details on your pet’s collar with Sharpie (or other weatherproof marker).
  • Check your fence for holes. Check the doors for the strength of the closing mechanism. Check doors and windows to make sure animals cannot escape through them.
  • If possible, stay home with your pets.

The refuge is closed from tomorrow to Friday. They reopen Saturday at 10 a.m.


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