March 31, 2020

More Indianapolis Residents Are Fostering Animals

More Indianapolis Residents Are Fostering Animals

Updated March 31 at 3:40 p.m.

Indy Humane has experienced an all- time high for fostering and adoption during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Tuesday, IndyHumane has 234 foster families since COVID-19 protocols were implemented in mid-March.

Indy Humane CEO David Horth says animals provide great therapy for those who are self-quarantining .

"The walls can close in very quickly and there’s nothing better than having a dog or a cat with you to keep you company during those periods of time," says Horth.

Indianapolis Animal Care and Control Deputy Director Katie Trennepohl says the shelter is also experiencing a good response with its fostering program.

“We have almost half of our animal population in foster homes right now, which is great because it gets the animals out of the shelter which makes space for other animals, relieves burden on the staff," says Trennepohl.

Adoption procedures have changed at both facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are now by appointment only.

Correction: An earlier version of this story did not have the correct total of foster families. As of Tuesday, IndyHumane has 234 foster families. 

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