The holiday season is a time of year filled with fun, festivities, and time with family. The glowing lights, the delicious holiday cookies, and the crisp weather all make the season wonderful. As an animal lover, I also look forward to the extra time I get to spend snuggling on the couch with my two dogs, Angel and Rocky.
When I am spending time with my own dogs, I can’t help but wish that all dogs had a couch to snuggle on like mine do. Sadly, many dogs are forgotten in backyards chained in all weather and are longing for affection. Thankfully, there is help for these animals. Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside is an all-volunteer group (founded in 2005) that focuses on helping dog owners to improve the quality of life for their outside dogs.
FIDO’s mission and grassroots approach to help some of the neediest dogs in our city motivated me to get involved in FIDO’s important work. You see, once you get involved with a mission like FIDO’s, you feel charged with the task of doing incredible work that will undoubtedly change the life of a dog forever.
Life is hard for outside dogs and neglected animals need all the help they can get. Here are just a few ways to get involved with FIDO:
• Report a dog in need: If you see an animal in need, don’t turn away – tell someone. To find the best agency to call (some situations are best for Animal Care and Control to investigate because FIDO does not have the ability to enforce animal-related law), visit our website and click on the tab: “Report a Dog in Need.”
• Donate money or supplies: As an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit, we rely exclusively on generous in-kind and monetary donations. To view a list of items we need, visit our website.
• Volunteer your time: Perhaps the best thing you can do to help further FIDO’s mission of helping chained and neglected dogs is to volunteer your time. We need volunteers to help assemble fencing, transport materials, answer phone calls, distribute food at our pet food pantry, or join our outreach team and go door-to-door helping pet owners.
All of us at FIDO are so grateful for the opportunity to work with Sun King to make Indianapolis a better place for animals. We’re especially excited to be working with Sun King on an exciting project in the coming months—stay tuned for more details!
Director, Food Pantry
Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside