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Trust awards $250,000 to Indianapolis-area animal welfare organizations

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Awards $250,000 to Indianapolis-Area Animal Welfare Organizations

INDIANAPOLIS – (October 9, 2018) The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust recently awarded $250,000 to 13 Indianapolis-area animal welfare organizations to support the groups’ efforts in caring for Indianapolis’ homeless pets and to continue to help reduce euthanasia rates in Marion County.

This summer, the Trust invited a number of animal welfare organizations to submit proposals for up to $25,000 for general operating support, project expansion and/or capital expenditures, such as food, supplies or computer equipment. Late September, the Trust awarded 13 grants, ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 each.

“These organizations – sometimes consisting of just one or two people operating out of their homes – are an invaluable part of Indy’s animal welfare community,” said Trustee Kent Agness. “Year after year, we see these organizations pull animals out of municipal and county shelters, caring for at-risk cats and dogs until they can help them find a permanent home. These groups provide a great service to our community and the vulnerable animals that live here.”

Grantee organizations include: Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership, Cats Haven, Every Dog Counts Rescue, GSD Rescue Indy, Heaven After Hell Rescue, Helping Paws Incorporated, Humane Society for Hamilton County, Humane Society of Johnson County, Indy Lost Pet Alert, Low Cost Spay-Neuter Clinic, Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue, Paws and Think and Soar Initiative.

The Trust is dedicated to reducing companion animal overpopulation and euthanasia in its home communities of Indianapolis and Arizona. From 2012 to 2017, the Trust invested more than $9.5 million in animal welfare initiatives in both states, with more than $4.5 million of that total invested in Indiana organizations.

Focused collaboration from 2013 through 2017 with Indianapolis’ leading animal welfare organizations has resulted in reducing the euthanasia rates of cats and dogs countywide by 62 percent, with pet adoptions increasing by 43 percent in the same timeframe.

“We are working to substantially reduce pet overpopulation and euthanasia in Indianapolis, and help pet owners better care for their companions,” said Agness. “We’re proud to work with Indy’s animal welfare organizations, large and small, to help accomplish this for the betterment of our community and its companion animals.”

About the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust seeks to help people in need, especially women, children and families; to protect animals and nature; and to enrich community life primarily in metropolitan Phoenix and Indianapolis. The Trust has awarded more than $297 million in grants and student scholarships since its inception in 1997. For more information, visit


Media contact:
Teri Walker
Manager of Communications and External Relations
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
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