INDIANAPOLIS — On Saturday and Sunday, prospective pet owners got the opportunity to meet plenty of four-legged friends at the Indy Mega Adoption Event.
The event is an initiative of the Love Me, Fix Me campaign, which is led by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
It took place at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds South Pavilion, located at 1202 E. 38th St., Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and featured 750 dogs and cats from 12 rescue groups throughout central Indiana ready to be adopted. The event was free to attend, but there was a $5 parking fee at the Fairgrounds.
Megan Bennett, marketing manager for FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, said the turnout on Saturday was great.
“We had a crazy high turnout (Saturday) morning,” she said. “We had 1,500 people lined around the building — it was nuts. The doors opened at 10 a.m. and we had probably 120 or so adoptions in the first hour.
We are so over the moon excited about it. Every cat and dog that was here was $30, whether it was a puppy or a kitten, or whatever. Everybody was spayed or neutered, everybody had micro-chips, and everybody had vaccinations. It was really a cool day.”
The event is geared to get as many animals out of kill shelters as possible and into the homes of loving owners.
“The idea behind this is obviously, to empty as many of the kill shelters as we can, because they just can’t house the animals,” Bennett said. “Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (IACC) is kind of the organization we wanted to make sure got as empty as possible from this event. Any animals that will be left over, the rescue groups are going to take with them and so IACC will go home empty-handed.”
To put on an event like this, Bennett said it was a joint effort by several entities.