FIDO was formed in 2005 as a volunteer-based animal advocacy group that helps people improve the quality of life for their outside dogswith a focus on chained and neglected dogs. FIDO helps residents of Indianapolis find alternatives to continuous chaining as a method of dog containment while promoting proper care and treatment. FIDO works with citizens to help bring their dogs inside the home to be part of the family.  


Our areas of focus are the urban, low income, higher crime neighborhoods of Indianapolis. Many of the citizens we work with struggle with their own issues, including poverty, medical issues, and victimization. They often love their dogs but need guidance and resources to provide a more humane level of care. Many of the dogs we help have never been to a veterinarian and spend most of their lives outside.


Targeted humane education and outreach is a large part of the work we do at FIDO. We offer guidance and assistance with supplies and services to residents who are willing to work with us to improve their dogs’ quality of life. FIDO works in partnership with other organizations to provide spay/neuter assistance, which we require, for the dogs we serve. Our help is provided for free or at a nominal fee.

We Support Concerned Dog Owners

We offer guidance and assistance to dog owners who are willing to work alongside us to improve their companion’s quality of life and make them part of the family. For low-income dog owners, we offer fenced enclosures, fencing repairs, inside training crates, dog houses, straw bedding, flea and fly treatment, collars, and leashes. We also assist with free or low-cost spay/neuter for all dogs we serve.

We Partner with Indianapolis Animal Care Services

Although FIDO has no law-­enforcement authority, we work with Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS), 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 help these citizens with guidance on the humane containment of dogs as well as provide them with necessary supplies. Officers also refer owners to FIDO who may not be in violation of any animal laws but may need assistance to improve the care they provide for their dog.

In turn, FIDO refers cases to IACS officers when the agency may need to intervene to ensure that a minimum level of care is provided for neglected dogs. We also contact IACS when we are notified that animals are 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 dog owners, and to find new homes for adoptable dogs that are found loose on the street or have been surrendered to FIDO. Our main partners are the FACE Low-­Cost Animal Clinic, Spay­-Neuter Services of Indiana, Indyhumane, and Southside Animal Shelter. We also partner with SOAR, ARPO, and West Michigan Street Veterinary Clinic.