INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) is facing a space crisis, and may have to start making some tough decisions.
“We are completely out of space here at the shelter,” says IACS Manager of Community Outreach Roxie Randall. “We have crates that are just temporary housing for animals set up in all available hallways, we have animals in every available office or conference room … The amount of animals coming in, we do not have the capacity to properly house.”
In addition, the shelter is experiencing staff shortages. According to Randall, about 20% of positions with IACS are currently still open. This means that many employees who already work there are stretching themselves thin.
“Our staff are exhausted,” says Randall. “They’re having to pick up extra duties … and that is incredibly stressful.”
Randall says there are a wide variety of ways the community can help ease the shelter’s burden. For one, being able to adopt or foster an animal frees up space at the shelter. In addition, applying to be either a staff member or volunteer would help ease staff shortages. Last, Randall says you can always donate money or supplies to IACS.
Currently, all adoptions are free with a donation from the IACS Holiday Wish List.