Animal Intake

Pets Adopted From ARPO

These animals take priority. Please make this known when calling or emailing ARPO.

Strays and Rescues

If you had found a stray cat, kitten, dog or puppy, our first suggestion would be to take the animal to a nearby Veterinary Clinic to have it scanned for a microchip. If the animal is microchipped, the Vet can give you the microchip ID code and the phone number of the microchip company. You will then be able to call the company for contact information on the pet’s owners if the family has registered the pet. There is the possibility that the animal is microchipped but not registered. In that case, ask the microchip company who originally purchased the microchip and that may give you some identifying information that would help get the animal home.

Check online resources like Indy Lost Pet Alert for postings of lost animals.

In the case that the animal is not microchipped or the microchip does not offer any contact information, we may be able to assist you. We rely completely on our volunteer foster homes to care for any animals we take in to our system. If our foster space is full and you are unable to keep the animal until we can take it into our foster system we will try to assist you with other alternatives (i.e. rescue groups) so that you don’t have to take the animal to a kill shelter.

Please call our voicemail at (317) 774-8292 or email us at with any questions. It is not necessary to leave a voice message and send an email. We check both daily. When contacting us about an animal, please provide everything you know about the animal including whether it has been spayed/neutered, is it current on shots, etc.

Owner Surrender

Owner surrenders that were adopted from ARPO take priority.  We can sometimes take other owner surrenders if we have an available foster that is able to meet the health, wellness & behavioral needs of the pet.  Often people feel they must give up their pets for various reasons. Please visit Indy Cares, a local organization to help animals stay in their homes by providing health and behavioral resources.

If you still feel you must surrender your met you can contact us at  Please send pictures and include as much information as possible.  We may or may not be able to help.

Did You Know?

Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. – and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result, every year 4 to 6 million animals are euthanized because there are no homes for them.

*Information provided by SpayUSA and the Humane Society of the United States

What Can You Do To Help?

Spay and neuter your pet! In addition to saving lives, spaying and neutering can also drastically improve your pet’s health and life expectancy. The idea that pets become fat or lazy when they are spayed or neutered is a myth. Sterilized pets lead healthier, longer lives. Spaying a female eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer. Neutering a male reduces the risk of both prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. Neutering also will make your pet more affectionate and less likely to roam, get in fights, or become lost.