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Animal Welfare Groups Get $2 Million Boost

1/8/2013


Humane Society of Indianapolis CEO John Aleshire (WIBC.com photo: Mike Corbin)

Several animal welfare groups in Indianapolis are benefitting from a $2 million boost.

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The money comes from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Lilly Endowment and Tony Stewart Foundation. Humane Society of Indianapolis CEO John Aleshire says his group along with numerous other animal welfare groups will use the money for the new "Love Me, Fix Me" program.

The program will significantly boost spay and neutering services citywide, provide greater community education and support increased adoptions. Aleshire says the program wouldn't be possible without the $2 million gift, $1.25 million of which comes from the NMPCT, $500,000 from Lilly and $30,000 from the Stewart Foundation. Aleshire says 18,000 animals a year end up government facilities in ten zip codes across Indianapolis. He says they'll target those areas for the next three years. Aleshire says spaying and neutering animals remains the biggest issue that animal welfare groups face.

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