About Us

We support concerned dog owners

We offer guidance and temporary assistance to owners who are willing to work alongside us to improve their dogs’ quality of life. We can show dog owners how to contain and enjoy their dogs without continuous chaining. We can help owners make their dogs part of the family. For dog owners in financial crisis, we may be able to offer kennels, fencing repairs, training crates, dog houses, warm bedding, collars and leashes, and more. We also can arrange for free spay/neutering of all dogs we serve.

We partner with Animal Care and Control

Although FIDO has no law-enforcement authority, we work with Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (ACC), the government agency responsible for enforcement of animal laws and ordinances in the city. Through this partnership, animal control officers refer dog owners to FIDO who have been found to be in violation of local care and treatment ordinances or leash laws. We often can help these citizens with guidance on the humane containment of dogs as well as with supplies. Officers also refer owners to FIDO who may not be in violation of any animal laws but who may need assistance to improve the care they provide for their dog.


In turn, FIDO sometimes refers cases to ACC where the agency may need to intervene to ensure that a minimum level of care is provided for neglected dogs. We also contact ACC when we come across animals that appear to be abandoned or abused.

We partner with others who help animals

FIDO cooperates with many other local nonprofit animal-welfare groups to improve the quality of life for dogs, to help provide spay/neuter services to the neediest dog owners, and to find new homes for adoptable dogs that have been abandoned or neglected. Some of the groups we work with include Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, Southside Animal Shelter, Tails and Trails Rescue, West Michigan Street Veterinary Clinic, Brownsburg Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, The Humane Society of Indianapolis,ARPO, and FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic.

FIDO: Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside

We are an all-volunteer group founded in 2005 that focuses on helping dog owners to improve the quality of life for their outside dogs. Our specific mission is to help owners find alternatives to continuous chaining as a method of dog containment. We offer guidance and temporary assistance to owners who are willing to work alongside us to improve their dogs’ quality of life.

You can help FIDO by using Goodshop.com to shop online. Each time you shop through this portal, Goodshop will make a donation to our cause. And you can also save money on items ranging from Godiva chocolate from FTD and tax software from TurboTax to active pullover hoodies from Old Navy. There is no easier way to help our dogs than signing up, selecting Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside – FIDO as your cause, and using Goodshop when shopping online!

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