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Group Works To Keep Outdoor Dogs Warm And Healthy

posted Apr 3, 2012, 8:38 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 4, 2012, 1:39 PM ]

Originally posted Oct 26, 2007 

By Joe Wambach, WIBC FM Radio 

With Winter approaching, a grassroots animal welfare group is working to improve the quality of life of dogs who are kept outside, especially those who live their lives on the end of a chain. 

“FIDO” (Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside) goes into neighborhoods where outside dogs are suffering to offer free supplies and low- cost veterinary service to help meet the immediate needs of dogs. 

“At the same time,” says Darcie Kurtz, FIDO’s founder and president, “we work with the owners to provide guidance and education so that they can improve the care that they provide for their own dogs in an ongoing, sustained kind of way.” 

Kurtz says they’re always in need of dog supplies such as training crates, straw, dog food and cash or check charitable donations, which are tax- deductible. 

Although FIDO has no law enforcement authority, it works closely with Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, the government agency responsible for enforcement of animal laws and ordinances in the city. 

To contact FIDO, call (317) 592-9616 or log on to

This story broadcasted on WIBC FM radio, 93.1 FM, on January 3. Reprinted with permission.