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 Spay/Neuter Clinic, Indianapolis Animal Care Services, IndyHumane, Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, 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.
  • Quadrupling the number of low-cost spay/neuter vouchers available to pet owners with low incomes.
  • 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.

Since 2012, the Trust has invested $9,361,300 in animal welfare in Indiana.

Progress in Phoenix

Since Fix.Adopt.Save. began in the Phoenix metropolitan area in 2012, the euthanasia rate in Maricopa County has dropped 88.45% and dog and cat intake in area shelters is down 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 a communitywide spay/neuter weekend and monthly spay/neuter mobile clinics targeting multiple underserved neighborhoods in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
  • Subsidized medical costs for small animal organizations who rescue 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 Phoenix Animal Care Coalition.

Since 2012, the Trust has invested $12,120,950 in animal welfare in Arizona.