FACE Changes the City One Animal at a Time

Lakota SiouxMy dog is more than a pet to me. She’s a member of our family. My husband and I have had Lakota Sioux, aka: Khoda, for seven years. She’s an Australian Cattle Dog that we adopted in Texas when she was only a few weeks old. Last August, when we moved to Indianapolis, she needed to have her shots renewed. I looked all over the Southside for an affordable place to take her but everywhere I looked it was too expensive. A few weeks ago, our pastor told us about a pet clinic where I could get Khoda’s shots at a reasonable price.

The Foundation Against Companion-Animal Euthanasia (FACE) is located at 1505 Massachusetts Avenue in downtown Indianapolis. FACE opened in March of 1999, in effort to reduce the pet overpopulation in Indianapolis. Like most large cities, Indianapolis has had its fair share of pet overpopulation and pet homelessness. 22, 000 cats and dogs were euthanized in shelters in 2000. Those numbers were drastically reduced to just over 6,500 two years later largely due to the FACE Spay/Neuter Clinic. FACE offers pet owners the opportunity to have their pet spayed or neutered at prices that are so low that many families who are struggling financially can afford to for their pet to have the procedure. They even offer discounted rates and financial assistance for those who can’t afford their rates. The clinic has partnered with Indianapolis Animal Care & Control and provides all spay/neuters for any stray animal in the city. The Community Cat Program is a partnership between FACE, Indianapolis Animal Car and Control, and The Southside Animal Shelter in an effort to reduce euthanasia for feral and stray cats that are brought to the shelter. The cats are neutered, vaccinated and ear tipped for identification then returned to their outdoor homes.

Although the main goal of FACE is to eliminate the pet overpopulation in the city and surrounding areas, they also care greatly for the overall wellbeing of every pet. FACE provides affordable vaccinations for cats and dogs every day. The clinic is a first-come, first-served. Pet owners check in their pet then wait in the waiting area until their number is called. Once the pet’s number is called the dog or cat is given an examination then their shots. I bought Khoda the Full Package, which included the one year rabies vaccination, her annual 5 in 1 and her bordetella vaccination for $39. The clinic offers the rabies vaccination in 1 yr. or 3 yrs. dosage. I plan to return next yet for Khoda’s 3 yrs. rabies vaccination. The clinic also offers Heartworm tests, Heartwork Preventative, Deworming and Flea Treatments at affordable rates. FACE also helps low income families who are in need of pet food through their Lend a Hand/Help a Paw Program. This pet pantry is open every first and third Saturday of the month from Noon to 4pm at the Indianapolis Pet Food Pantry located at 456 Holmes Avenue. The pet pantry is operated by Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside, aka: FIDO.