Animal Welfare Initiatives

Animal Welfare Initiatives

Committed to the care of dogs and cats

Nina Mason Pulliam loved animals and gave generously during her lifetime to organizations and causes dedicated to protecting them. The Trust continues this legacy through its commitment to the care of dogs and cats.

In 2012, the Trust became a lead funder in animal welfare initiatives in Indianapolis and Phoenix aimed at reducing the number of unwanted dogs and cats in those cities and surrounding communities by increasing spay and neuter surgeries, adoptions and public education on responsible pet ownership. In the first year of the initiatives, the number of animals euthanized at shelters across both cities dropped significantly and continues to decline.

“Vigilance is critical for reducing pet overpopulation and euthanasia. We cannot become complacent  spay/neuter must remain a priority. We’re grateful to our dedicated partner organizations in Indiana and Arizona, which are improving the welfare of our communities’ companion animals.”

Lisa Shover Kackley, trustee, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

Impact in Indianapolis

Focused collaboration among Indianapolis’ leading animal welfare organizations has substantially improved the plight of pets in Marion County, reducing euthanasia rates of cats and dogs countywide by nearly 85% since 2012 and increasing pet adoptions by nearly 30% in the same timeframe.

In Indianapolis, the Trust collaborates with FACE Low-Cost Animal Clinic, Indianapolis Animal Care Services, IndyHumane, Indy Neighborhood Cats, Friends of Indy Animals, FIDO and Southside Animal Shelter Indianapolis.

Accomplishments achieving major gains for Indianapolis’ pet companions are:

  • Opening new animal welfare facilities in underserved neighborhoods.
  • Improving the city’s animal care and treatment ordinances.
  • Creating a community trap-neuter-return program for feral cats to reduce unwanted litters.
  • Expanding Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine “Priority 4 Paws” program into Marion County, increasing the number of vet students participating in shelter medicine programs and enabling them to gain experience in conducting high-volume spay and neuter surgeries.
  • Providing capital support to build a new city animal shelter.
  • Preventing more than 1,000 animals annually from entering city shelter through the Indy Companion Animal Resources, Education and Support Program (Indy CARES).

Since 2012, the Trust has invested $12,263,300 in animal welfare in Indiana.

Progress in Phoenix

Fix.Adopt.Save. began in the Phoenix metropolitan area in 2012. From 2012 to 2022, the euthanasia rate in Maricopa County dropped 88.5% and dog and cat intake in area shelters dropped 58.3%.

These and more Fix.Adopt.Save. campaign activities are improving the plight of Arizona’s dogs and cats:

  • Public awareness raising and partnership development to increase spay/neuter services, wellness access, adoptions, fostering and responsible pet ownership in Maricopa County.
  • Coordinated spay/neuter and vaccination events, including communitywide spay/neuter weekends and periodic mobile clinics targeting Valley neighborhoods with reduced access to veterinary services.
  • Subsidized medical costs for dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia from local shelters.

With major funding from the Trust, seven local animal welfare groups, comprising the Alliance for Companion Animals, participate in Fix.Adopt.Save.: Altered Tails Barnhart Clinic, Animal Defense League of Arizona, Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA, Arizona Humane Society, HALO Animal Rescue, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and PACC911.

Since 2012, the Trust has invested $12,599,450 in animal welfare in Arizona.