Shelter available for animals during extreme cold

(WISH Photo/Kevin Ratermann)
(WISH Photo/Kevin Ratermann)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Humane Society of Indianapolis is working with local agencies to provide emergency shelter for animals in need during the extreme cold.

The society’s Animal Welfare Center is working with the Emergency Operations Center, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis EMS, Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, Red Cross, and the City of Indianapolis to care for unsheltered homeless and their animals during this week’s extreme cold.

The center is able to check in animals to provide shelter Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday by appointment.

IndyHumane’s outreach team is working with other local organizations as part of an Emergency Weather Plan for homeless citizens in Indianapolis. During any city-declared State of Emergency, IndyHumane will assist with transportation and triage of animals belonging to homeless citizens, a release said.

Officials remind the public to keep your pets inside during extreme cold weather. Pets cannot survive outside in sub-zero and single-digit temperatures. If you must leave pets outside, give them shelter and warm bedding. For outdoor cats, a warm car engine can be an ideal napping place in the cold weather, so check and knock on the hood of your car before starting. Make sure to wipe dogs’ paws with a wet, warm cloth to remove salt from sidewalks, and make sure your pet is properly hydrated.

The FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic and IndyFeral, and FIDO (Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside) offer supplies for animals to keep them safe in the cold.

To report pets in immediate danger call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622.

The IndyHumane Animal Welfare Center is located at 456 N. Holmes Avenue.

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