IndyHumane Deemed Essential, Still Open for Adoption and Fostering

Closures and social distancing measures have affected most (if not all) local businesses and organizations.

We caught up with IndyHumane to see how social distancing has impacted their organization and were pleasantly happy to hear that many of their animals are finding shelter during the COVID-19 crisis! Under Governor Holcomb’s stay-at-home order, animal shelters, including IndyHumane, are listed as an essential service. The Michigan Road adoption center is open by appointment only, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many Indy-area families are opening their homes to care for these animals.

Here’s what’s happening:

Since implementing adoption-by-appointment only, 38 animals have been adopted. While this is fewer than normal for the season, they’re happy to see families are still adopting! They’ve seen, however, an amazing increase in their foster program. 190 animals currently in foster homes 150 new foster families signed up last week alone, 113 attended training, and 40 have already taken animals home! Foster care is offering virtual trainings and education, behavior teams are also creating video series for virtual volunteer trainings. Please note that these numbers are as of March 25.

For any Indy-area families wanting to adopt a pet, visit Each animal profile will have a link for an online application. Patrons fill out the application and are contacted within a day or two for more information and to set up an introduction. Infection prevention is something they practice every day at IndyHumane to keep both animals and humans safe, including frequent sanitation and deep cleaning of high-traffic areas. View their COVID-19 policies here.

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