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FIDO, Indy Humane offering straw and cat shelters this Saturday

posted Dec 18, 2014, 12:36 PM by Marie Lewis

Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO) and the Humane Society of Indianapolis (IndyHumane) will provide straw and cat shelters for Indianapolis pet owners and caretakers this Saturday, December 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at the IndyHumane Animal Welfare Center located at 456 N. Holmes Avenue. These supplies will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis while they last. Donations are appreciated.


FIDO urges pet owners to bring their pets indoors at night and when temperatures are below 40 degrees. Domesticated pets, especially short-haired breeds, do not have the same protection against the brutal cold as wild animals, and require proper shelter whenever they are outside.


During the winter, a dog house will keep a dog dry and help maintain body heat. The house should only be large enough for him to turn around inside and not much bigger, and it should be half-filled with straw for bedding and insulation. Face the opening to the south and nail heavy plastic or cloth strips over the door to keep the wind outside and body heat inside.


We also need to remember stray and feral cats who need our help in winter. Even though these outside cats can build thicker fur in winter, they are at risk of hypothermia if their fur gets wet. However, with basic shelter, these community cats can survive the cold. The IndyHumane Animal Welfare Center will make cat shelters available December 20 for those who are caring for community cats.


Those who need to report pets in immediate danger need to call the Mayor's Action Line at 317-327-4622. FIDO can provide help to pet owners seeking assistance with supplies and services via our help line at 317-221-1314. You can also call the IndyHumane Animal Welfare Center at 317-602-3423.


About FIDO

Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside is a 501(c)3 animal welfare organization that focuses on helping low-income dog owners improve the quality of life for their outside dogs.

Since 2005, FIDO has made significant strides in Indianapolis to reduce the number of chained dogs and has helped hundreds of families transition dogs inside or provide humane containment for their outside dogs with fencing and shelters.


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About the Humane Society of Indianapolis


The Humane Society of Indianapolis is the leading voice for the welfare of animals and improving their quality of life. IndyHumane is the first choice in providing direct services for shelter cats and dogs, including adoption, foster home placement, behavior training, appropriate medical care, and affordable spay/neuter services. As the voice for the animals, IndyHumane brings together like-minded, animal-focused individuals and groups to educate the public about animal welfare issues and concerns. For over 100 years, it’s all about the animals.


A private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that receives no public or private government funding, the Humane Society of Indianapolis is Indy-based and independent, and is supported solely by contributions, grants, bequests, investments, and adoption and service fees. For more information and current adoptable animals, visit



Press Contacts

Jeni Christoffersen, FIDO President


Kristin Conrad, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Humane Society of Indianapolis