A Targeted Approach

Indy Cares helps to provide and connect pet owners with resources that include medical vouchers, short term foster care, re-homing assistance, among other things.

Please consider alternative options for your companion animal before surrendering them to a shelter. By seeking alternatives to surrender, you will be given the chance to keep your pet while utilizing community resources, education, and support for responsible pet ownership.

  • Mission – To empower Indianapolis pet owners to responsibly care for their companion animals by connecting individuals with community resources, education, and support.

  • Who We Serve – We believe all Indianapolis residents deserve to experience pet ownership and it is our mission to preserve the human-animal bond by keeping pets in their home and out of the shelter.

  • Vision – To lower the number of animals surrendered to the shelter by offering alternatives.

If you’re considering surrendering your pet to the shelter, please contact us.

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Pet Care Assistance

Indy CARES offers assistance to qualified participants in need of help with medical care, food, bedding, crates, leashes, and other necessities to properly and responsibly care for their animal.

Emergency Housing

Whether it’s finding housing that allows your dog, homelessness, or those facing the difficult decision to leave a violent relationship, you shouldn’t have to give up your companion. There are options to get the help you need and keep your pet! Our partners from SOAR and Beacon of Hope are here to help!

Behavior Issues

Sometimes pet behavior problems seem overwhelming, but many can be managed. We’re here to help you find the help you need to keep you and your pet happy and healthy.

Other Issues

We understand that there are so many different situations that could limit the ability to care for your pet. We encourage all those facing hardships and looking to surrender or re-home their pet contact Indy CARES first to allow us to help!


Animals & Families Assisted Since March 2018


Avg. Cost of Pets Assisted


Avg. Cost of Care per Animal Surrendered to IACS in 2017