Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (IACC) is proud to announce a partnership with the HandsOn Network to promote local volunteer efforts at the city animal shelter.

The partnership with the HandsOn Network, which promotes community service and volunteer efforts nationwide, will provide the city with volunteers, which can be used to improve both kennel operations and community outreach efforts. The program will also provide incentives for the volunteer by providing individuals with an opportunity to receive a free ticket to a Disney theme park located in the United States.

Volunteers interested in participating in the program, must register at the HandsOn Network’s Web site to be eligible to receive a ticket, valued at approximately $75. Families are welcome to volunteer, but each member must volunteer to receive a ticket.

“This is another example of how a public-private partnership can improve services at a city owned and operated facility," said Teri Kendrick, Administrator at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control. “With increased volunteer participation from the community, we are able to enhance both the quality of life for the animals in our kennels as well as the residents who live in our community.”

As a result of the new program, IACC had over 80 volunteers register for a January 20 volunteer training session. Also that day, IACC staff sent 52 animals to rescue partners in and around Central Indiana, both single day records.

“We had a record 80 people come to the volunteer class,” said Adam Garrett, volunteer coordinator at IACC. “The response we’ve seen from the community has been so overwhelming that we had to schedule another volunteer training seminar.”

In 2009, IACC set a new record for volunteer hours donated at the city shelter with over 17,000 hours logged. This compares to approximately 11,000 hours donated in 2008.

Anyone interested in volunteering at IACC to receive credit for the HandsOn Network program must register at http://www.handsonnetwork.org/ in order to be eligible to receive their admission to a Disney theme park.

To learn more about this program or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, please contact:

Adam Garrett

Volunteer Coordinator

Indianapolis Animal Care and Control

Office: 327-1384

E-Mail: G1256@indy.gov

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