Though it might be better known for car racing than canines, Indianapolis still has plenty to offer to dog lovers. From its delightful dog parks to the long list of local businesses and attractions that open their doors to furry friends, the capital city of Indiana is full of pup-friendly fun!
It also boasts several reputable animal welfare and rescue groups that are always ready to step in when animals need help. The Humane Society of Indianapolis is just one of those groups. Serving the pets of Indianapolis and the surrounding areas since 1905, the society shelters and adopts animals, provides positive reinforcement training to abandoned pets, and runs a range of community and outreach programs to help improve the lives of animals in the region.
Heaven After Hell Dog Rescue also aims to give unwanted or abused dogs the dignity and respect they deserve. Based on the belief that all shelter animals need a voice and a happy home, Heaven After Hell Dog Rescue spays and neuters rescued animals, gives them the veterinary care they require, and then rehabilitates them in preparation for a move into their forever homes.
It’s a similar story at the Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership (ARPO), which has adopted out more than 5,000 pets since 1998. A non-profit organization, ARPO doesn’t have a physical shelter and instead houses all of its rescued pets in volunteer foster care. Donations and volunteer help are always welcome and ensure that ARPO can continue to help the animals that need it most.
On your marks, get set, go! June heralds the arrival of the annual ARPO Dog Olympics, which sees a host of wacky and entertaining dog competitions held at Broad Ripple Park. The schedule of highly anticipated events includes classics like the Shedding Contest, Three-Minute Makeover, Obstacle Course, and Barking Contest. It’s grrr-eat fun watching these pooches battle it out for gold, silver, and bronze! Who knows — your pooch might even bring home the gold medal.