June 2021 Newsletter: New Law Protects Cats and Dogs

Fireworks: Fun for Humans, Terrifying for Pets!


Summer celebrations mean it’s time for fireworks! While these can be exciting for humans, they can be downright terrifying for dogs and cats. Some pets can become so frightened that they bolt from their homes and are lost! Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe during this season:

  • Make sure your dog or cat always has somewhere to hide if they want to and has access to this place at all times. For example, this may be under some furniture or in a cupboard.
  • Make sure your cat or dog is always kept in a safe and secure environment and can’t escape if there’s a sudden noise.
  • Have your pets micro-chipped and ensure your contact info is up to date!
  • During fireworks seasons, walk dogs during daylight hours and keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off.
  • At nightfall, close windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks.

Spay/Neuter Before Adoption Law Takes Effect

July 1

Effective July 1, 2021, Indiana Code 15-20-4, requires that rescue groups and shelters spay/neuter pets before adoption. Indiana joins 33 other states with similar laws enforcing this best practice in animal welfare.

Pet Friendly Services is Here to Help

If your shelter will begin spaying/neutering before adoption due to this law, please let us know. We will help fund spay/neuter surgeries to the extent that our budget allows. We have also compiled helpful resources for foster-to-adopt contracts on our website.

Help Dogs Like Koda

Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) is currently at capacity, and rescue partners are stepping up to help. Koda was returned to the shelter after her first adoption didn’t work out. Lucci’s House Bully Rescue pulled Koda from the shelter to give her a second chance at finding the forever home she deserves. Pet Friendly Services provides spay/neuter certificates to dogs like Koda. This ensures she’s ready to go when the right family finds her.

You can help make more pets adoption-ready by supporting Pet Friendly Services! Every animal spayed or neutered gets Indiana closer to being a zero-kill state!

The FIX is IN! is on a Roll!

Thanks to your support, the FIX is IN! has now assisted over 1,200 cats across the state with recent stops in Marion, Montgomery, and Vermillion counties. At a conservative estimate, that has prevented 9,000 kittens in the upcoming year. Our donors are making success stories like this one possible, and truly making a difference for cats and the people who love them.


“I found Evie on the street a couple of weeks ago. I’m in a financial bind, but I want to take care of her. I’m so thankful that for the assistance to help make her a part of our family and keep her safe.”  – Pet owner receiving assistance

To see when “The FIX is IN!” will be near you, click here.

Online Store Now Open!

Just in time for summer – collapsible pet bowls! These are perfect for travels and outings with a furry friend. Get yours for just $5 in our online store and support Pet Friendly Services at the same time!

Get Moving & Support Pet Friendly Services!

Run or walk your own race to support Pet Friendly Services! This year’s Dog Jog, Stroller Strut & Human Race will take place on Saturday, June 19th in Louisville, KY. Both an in-person AND virtual race are available! Just register to run or walk 5K, 3K or 1 mile and you’ll be helping Indiana’s animals. There’s even a dog division!

Your entry includes:

  • Choice of short sleeve wicking tech shirt or women’s only wicking tank
  • Post race snacks
  • Bandana for your doggie running partner
  • Discount on Paw Print Ponya Band
  • $15.00 off any purchase over $75 at Fleet Feet with your race bib
  • $5 donation to Pet Friendly Services of Indiana

Click here for more information and to register!

More Ways You Can Help

Support Animals While You Shop

You can help Pet Friendly Services by registering your Kroger Plus Card and selecting Pet Friendly Services. A portion of your purchases will help cats and dogs, with no cost to you!

Pet Friendly Services’ non-profit organization (NPO) number is NI543. You’ll need to know this when you register. Click here for more information.


Save lives while you drive with the Pet Friendly Plate! Every penny goes directly to spaying and neutering cats and dogs. Visit PetFriendlyPlate.org to learn more.

Get The Pet Friendly Plate!

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Donate: Your Support Makes All the Difference

Our donors make wonderful things possible! Pet Friendly Services receives no government funding. All of the animals we help rely solely on donations, grants, and sales of the Pet Friendly License Plate. Every donation makes a difference!

Download the Community Cat Guide

Is your city or town in need of a community cat program, but you don’t know where to start? Begin by checking our our Community Cat Guide and sharing it with your elected officials. If you need assistance, contact us at info@PetFriendlyServices.org, and we’ll help you.