Animal Welfare Initiatives

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The numbers tell the story. See current initiative results.

Nina Mason Pulliam loved animals. The Trust continues this legacy through its commitment to the care of dogs and cats.

In 2013, 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 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.

“In addition to immediately saving the lives of animals, we are hopeful the communities will adopt humane practices that will serve as shining examples nationwide of how it should be done,” said Lisa Shover Kackley, Trustee of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.


Love Me. Fix Me. is a $2 million, three-year Indianapolis-area effort to lower the number of unwanted animals by educating the public on the solution to Indy’s pet problem: everyone needs to fix their pets. This education goes beyond the “why spay and neuter.” It also explains the “how.” In 2014, the campaign aims to increase adoptions by helping fund Indianapolis’ first mega adoption event.

The Love me. Fix me. initiative supports the efforts of a group of Indianapolis nonprofit organizations that every day work to improve the lives of cats and dogs.  They include the Indianapolis Animal Welfare Alliance include.  Casa del Toro Pit Bull Education and Rescue, Cat’s Haven, FACE (Foundation Against Companion-Animal Euthanasia), FIDO (Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside), Humane Society of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, Indy Pit Crew, Paws & Think, Southside Animal Shelter, and Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana.

The Trust is the lead funder, contributing $1.25 million to the initiative. Other funders include Lilly Endowment, Inc., and the Tony Stewart Foundation.

Link to Facebook and Twitter
Love Me. Fix Me. on Facebook
@lovemefixme on Twitter


Fix.Adopt.Save. in the Phoenix metropolitan area is a $6 million, three-year effort in Maricopa County to increase spay and neuter surgeries, adoptions and fostering of animals while raising awareness about the homeless animal problem. The Trust and PetSmart Charities, as lead funders, each contributed $2 million to support the efforts of eight animal welfare organizations that make up a group called the Alliance for Companion Animals of Maricopa County. The initiative is seeking $1.3 million in 2014 to complete the campaign.

Alliance members include Altered Tails, the Animal Defense League of Arizona, Arizona Animal Welfare League, Arizona Humane Society, HALO, Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, and the umbrella group, PACC-911.

Other funders include the Arizona Community Foundation, the Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County.

Link to website Facebook and Twitter:
Fix Adopt Save on Facebook
@fixadoptsave on Twitter