Puptown’s canine coddlers offer boarding and washing services for floppy-eared family members seven days a week. At the East 96th Street location's dog wash, pet owners can de-grime dirty coats and bring back a signature “new dog” scent. Canines enter large, stainless-steel tubs via a dog-friendly ramp or grasshopper-like leap, with owners using convenient spray nozzles to wash away remnants of crashed pizza parties. Puptown supplies dog-washing necessities including shampoo and conditioner, towels, and a jowl-flopping dryer. For an additional $5, guests can upgrade to the deluxe wash and use the facility's de-shedding solutions, ear wash, and toothbrushes and paste.
On average, IndyHumane spends $600–$800 to care for each animal in its shelter, and in 2010, it cared for more than 6,000 animals. Although the shelter does not euthanize animals because of time or space, its limited food, medical, and staff resources constrain the number of animals it can accept. The Humane Society of Indianapolis relies on contributions, grants, and adoption fees to fund the services it provides.
FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic was founded in 1999 to help reduce the overpopulation of cats and dogs in the region through humane methods. It treats about 600 cats and dogs every week with spay or neuter and vaccination treatments. IndyFeral, a FACE program, works to reduce the feral-cat population in the region using a combination of trap-and-release and traditional sterilization services. The program treats incoming animals and marks them with ear tipping so that local shelters do not pick them up. Then, the organization's foster-care program helps ensure that kittens will not be subjected to the disease or dangerous conditions sometimes associated with shelters. Veterinarians vaccinate and treat incoming litters and place them in responsible foster homes where they can thrive while awaiting permanent adoption.
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