Frequently Asked Questions

How will the adoption process work?

The adoption event is from 1-6PM with an EARLY BIRD ticketed option.  Visitors are welcome to attend anytime during those hours to see our adoptable cats and dogs.  Adoption areas will be divided into two areas–adoptable cats and adoptable dogs.  All the cats and dogs will be in individual cages with cage cards attached that provide details on the individual pet.  Once you select a dog or cat you are interested in meeting a volunteer or organization representative will help you get the animal out of the cage so you can meet him or her.  If you decide you would like to adopt the animal the volunteer or representative assisting you will take the cage card off the cage and take it to the organization check-out table.  You will be asked to complete a short application and an organization representative will go over the application with you.  Once you are approved you will pay the rescues adoption fee (plus an optional donation to the group you’re adopting from).  A volunteer will then escort you to the check-out table where we can tally the adoption to our grand total and you will be given an adoption goody bag. That’s it! Now it’s time to take your new furry family member home and give him or her a wonderful life!

Are all the cats and dogs available for adoption fully vetted?

Yes!  All cats and dogs will be spayed/neutered, given age-appropriate vaccines, (including rabies and distemper/parvo/panleuk), Heartworm or Feline Leukemia/FIV tested, and micro chipped!

What if it rains?

Rain or shine the event will go on!  The majority of our event is indoors at the South Pavilion.  We will have an enclosed outdoor area to walk the dogs but all the cats/dogs will be in cages inside and out of the elements.

How many cats/dogs will be at the event?

We expect over 1000 cats/dogs  from as many as 25 different shelters and rescue organizations to be available for adoption at the event.  As animals are adopted and cages empty, the organizations will try to bring new animals. ALL animals that are brought in must already be spayed or neutered.

Can I bring my own cat or dog to the event to meet the animal I want to adopt?

No, personal pets are not permitted at this event.  We will have limited space and the environment will not be conducive to a proper introduction.  All organizations will have handouts that explain proper introduction techniques and you are encouraged to ask for suggestions before taking the animal home.  If you think it is critical to do a meet and greet between your personal pets and the adoptive pet before committing to adoption, please talk to the organization you are adopting from.  It may be possible to put the animal on hold and schedule a meet and greet at a later date.

Do I need to bring a cat carrier or my own dog collar and leash if I plan on adopting?

If you plan on adopting it would be helpful if you could bring your own sturdy cat carrier or secure dog collar and leash.  Feel free to leave those items in your car until you have selected your pet. However, for visitors who come unprepared, we will have cardboard cat carriers and dog slip leads to safely get your pet home.

What if I get my adoptive cat or dog home and I find it’s not a good fit for my family?

We would encourage you to give your new pet AT LEAST 2 weeks to adjust to his or her new home before deciding it’s not going to work out.  Keep in mind they have had a very busy and stressful couple days.  They need some time to get used to the new sights, smells, people and possibly new pets in their lives!  If you have given the pet time to adjust and it’s still not working, please give the organization that you adopted from a call.  They can give you advice on any problems you are having or can schedule a day/time for you to bring the animal back to their facility.  Please keep in mind that the adoption fee at most rescues and shelters is considered a donation and may be non-refundable.

What if I get my adoptive cat or dog home and he or she ends up being sick?

Please call the organization you adopted from right away.  They will give you information to treat the animal at home for minor symptoms or will ask you to bring the animal back to their facility to be examined by a veterinarian.  We have a huge veterinarian staff on-hand to examine and care for the animals prior to the event and at the event both days to keep an eye on rudimentary symptoms.  We will do our best to adopt out only healthy animals but it is inevitable that some animals may not show symptoms until days after they are already home.

I have a cat or dog that I need to find a home for. Can I bring it to this event to find it a home?

Absolutely not.  All of the cats and dogs that will be available for adoption at this event are already part of an adoption program at an accredited organization.  They have all been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and examined by a veterinarian and fully vetted.  If you need to surrender a cat or dog, please contact Indianapolis Animal Care Services

Are kids welcome at this event?

Absolutely!  Adopting a pet is a 10-15 year commitment.  We want the entire family to be a part of the decision!  However, there will be a large number of animals in a relatively small space so please keep a close eye on small children.  Please do not allow them to stick their fingers in the cages or get too close to the dogs on leash.

Adoption fees starting at $30?! That's too cheap! Won't you put pets into homes that they shouldn't be in this way?

There will be screenings provided by the rescue groups bringing the animals to the event. All groups have slightly different screening processes that they have in place and will be performing the same screenings they do at their shelters. PLEASE NOTE: No rescue group has to adopt out any animal to anyone they feel would not be a good fit. Please know that our first priority is the safety and well-being of the animals.