The Public Safety Committee will be presenting their budget this Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 PM at the City County Building. The public is welcome and is especially encouraged to attend this meeting. The budget for Indianapolis Animal Care and Control(IACC) is being cut by nearly $200,000 in 2012. IACC is already under staffed and needs to spend more money helping the animals to find new homes ane caring for them while they are at IACC rather than cutting the budget by this amount.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with IACC and what they do, here’s a little rundown. IACC is the city’s open admission shelter. In addition to responding to complaints regarding vicious animals, animals at large and abused or neglected animals, they take in any and all stray animals found in Marion County. They are also obligated to take in any owner surrendered animals no matter what the reason or how many animals are already at the shelter. If animals are deemed not adoptable for any reason(including a minor illness) or if space is needed for incoming animals, then they kill animals to make space. On average, over 22 animals are killed every day with our tax money. If these cuts go through, it will mean even more innocent animals will be killed daily as there won’t be money for even basic veterinary care. The budget cuts will affect supplies including cleaning supplies for the cages. IACC already has a huge problem with animals contracting diseases after they walk through their doors so it’s reasonable to believe those diseases will increase as the money spent on cleaning supplies decreases. It is rare anymore for an animal to leave IACC without having at least some type of a respiratory infection or worse.
This is your chance to be a voice for Indy’s animals. This is a chance for you to voice your opinion on how your tax dollars are spent. I don’t know about you but I’m very unhappy that I work and pay taxes only to have it used to kill healthy animals. Local rescues and shelters do help and take animals out of IACC as they are able but it’s difficult if not impossible to keep up with the animals taken in on a daily basis.
So what can you do to help?
– Attend the IACC board meetings and learn about how your tax dollars are being spent.
– Attend Wednesday night’s meeting and let them know it is not acceptable to cut the budget by this amount.
– If you can not attend the meeting, send an email to Ben Hunter who is Chairman of the Public Safety Committee and let him know how you feel. His email address is [email protected]
– Offer to foster or volunteer at IACC. They need people to help with all aspects of the shelter’s daily operations. You don’t have to have hours to spend walking animals. You can take pictures and update their Petfinder page, talk to potential adopters, play with the cats, do laundry and the list goes on and on. There is something that fits everyone’s interests and abillities.
– Spay and neuter your own pets. If you insist on having your children see the miracle of life, foster a pregnant dog or cat and let them see it that way. You may think your mixed breed dog will have the cutest puppies but chances are, not everybody that takes one is going to see it as a lifetime committment and that pup can easily end up in a shelter.
– Microchip your pets in case they get away from you. It can be done at IACC during the hours they are open to the public and no appointment is necessary. By law, your pet must be microchipped or have a collar with all your info on it at all times.
– Do not allow your pets to run off leash until they are in your own fenced yard or at a dog park. It is illegal for animals to be “at large” in Indianapolis and they can be picked up and transported to IACC on their first offense.
– If you’re looking to add a pet to your family, adopt don’t shop. Shelters and rescues have every age, every breed, every coat type you could want. It might take a while to get the exact type of animal you want but it’s absolutely worth the wait to save a life.
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