IACS is asking for the public’s help, not only because they are over capacity, but also because they are understaffed.
INDIANAPOLIS — Labor shortages are hitting animal care services in Indianapolis very hard. They ask for help from the community so that the animals are not euthanized.
So many dogs arrive at IACS that the cages are on the floor. They’re asking for the public’s help, not only because they’re over capacity, but also because they’re understaffed.
“Even on a good day we never had enough staff to do the job, but when you see us losing around 30% of our animal care staff and 20 animals in crates in the hallways, we can’t do it all. just not keep doing it, and our staff can’t keep giving more than they give,” said IACS Deputy Director Katie Trennepohl.
IACS published on social media this week that all pets are at high risk of being put down.
“We had to make decisions that we wouldn’t have to make if we had more staff and more space,” Trennepohl said.
The municipal establishment only accepts animals in the event of an emergency.
This forces other shelters and staff to step in to help, including Casondra Hood. She is also an animal control officer.
“Just in one run, I brought 13 animals, just, what, last week? They were under an overpass, and it was below zero. So it depends on the day,” Hood said.
Trennepohl said many animals entering were once pets. That’s why if you find a cat or dog, the shelter wants you to keep it in the neighborhood where it was lost.
“What we find is that when people drive the animal through town and bring them to the shelter, they are very unlikely to be claimed by their owners, and I think the public has a misperception of that,” Trennepohl said.
Equally important is the microchip and updating the chip information.
“A lot of times what we see is that this animal has a microchip, but the phone number associated with it has been disconnected, even though we know someone likes this animal,” Trennepohl said. “Something has to give, and we don’t want animals to lose their lives, so we need the public’s help to get animals out of shelters in the first place.
IACS is hosting a free adoption event Saturday from noon to 5. All animals are neutered and neutered, microchipped, their first shots, and a bag of goodies.
IACS asks the public to consider volunteering.
“What makes us unique is that the animals that come to the shelter are the animals that really need it. They are the most neglected, the saddest cases and the ones that can be the most rewarding. When you see this skinny dog put on the weight or that scared dog starting to come out of his shell, there’s nothing quite like that feeling, and it’s what keeps our staff coming to work every day. what our volunteers also do when they arrive,” Trennepohl said.
The shelter is also looking to hire more animal control officers, care technicians and veterinary assistants. Pay starts at $13.67 per hour. Animal control officers start at $17 per hour. To apply, Click here.