Misty Eyes is a 100% volunteer-led animal rescue and humane education center located in Avon, Indiana (just five miles west of Indianapolis). Founded in 2011, it initially took in pets that the county shelter and other local agencies could no longer handle, but has since expanded to work with rural, under-resourced agencies across Indiana that are struggling with pet overpopulation. Many of the pets transferred to the rescue are seniors and animals with medical needs that these shelters do not have the resources to help.
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The Vanderburgh Humane Society (VHS) was founded in 1957 and celebrated their 60th anniversary last summer. Their mission is “Leading our community to eliminate pet overpopulation through Spay/Neuter, Adoption, and Humane Education.” They are an open-admission shelter accepting domestic homeless animals from all over the region, regardless of species, temperament, age, health, or circumstance. The VHS typically takes in around 900-950 dogs each year, more than 100 of whom are considered “seniors,” age 7 and older.
The mission of Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter is to rescue dogs and cats and nurture and restore them to happy, healthy lives in loving homes. Approximately 1800 dogs and cats are adopted from their shelter every year. They work closely with their local animal control facility (Indianapolis Animal Care Services) and have transferred 11,000 animals from their overcrowded shelter to Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter since 2009. Their director visits animal control several times each week and has a reputation for being willing to accept medically urgent and senior animals in need.
The Humane Society for Hamilton County is an open admission facility for Hamilton County, Indiana, that’s working to save lives, complete families, and educate communities. They believe every animal deserves a chance to live, love, and be loved—regardless of age, breed, disability, special medical needs, time, or space. In 2021, they saved the lives of over 4,000 animals—including 457 senior dogs.
The Humane Society of Indianapolis (IndyHumane) provides direct services for cats and dogs, including adoption, foster homes, behavior support, medical care, and affordable spay/neuter and vaccine services. In a typical year, they provide veterinary services to 10,500 animals, find loving homes for 3,800 homeless pets, and achieve a live release rate of 96%. They are proud to have served Indianapolis since 1905.