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January 14, 2014

Animal Care & Controlreceives grant funding

The Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control Foundation, Inc., has secured a grant from The Joanie Bernard Foundation, which will provide $355,000 in funding to Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

The grant is the largest ever awarded by the foundation in support of a municipal shelter.

The Joanie Bernard Foundation has not supported shelters which euthanize cats due to community overpopulation and shelter space restrictions in the past, but sees an opportunity for an increase in the cat live-release rate in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Animal Care and Control will use the funding to assist with a variety of needs including cat housing, spays and neuters for cats, adoption cost offsets for dogs and cats, program marketing and equipment purchases.

Shoring up those needs will help with the effort to increase the number of cats who leave the Indianapolis Animal Care and Control shelter to forever homes.

“This is a generous and much-needed award from The Joanie Bernard Foundation,” said Dan Shackle, administrator and chief of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control. “We are grateful for their support and for the effort put forth by the Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control Foundation to make this funding a reality.”

Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control Foundation, Inc., is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization that strives to improve animal welfare by supplementing the work of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

About 16,000 animals are taken in annually by Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, which is the largest animal shelter in the state of Indiana. The division enforces all animal-related ordinances and cares for the city’s neglected, abused and homeless animals.

ACC encourages the public to visit the facility to look for any lost animals or to adopt one of the hundreds of dogs and cats waiting for forever homes.

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