When I went to visit our friends at FIDO (Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside), their resident cats instantly greeted me and I instantly knew that I would love this organization.
The organization was founded in 2005 as a way to improve the lives of dogs kept outside—but their work is really so much more than that. From giving out supplies and making house visits to maintaining a free pet food pantry (for cats & dogs) and working with countless partners throughout the city, this volunteer-managed organization is a beacon for our furry friends in Indianapolis.
While FIDO is an advocate for all pets, their primary focus is to offer guidance and assistance to owners who are willing to work with FIDO to improve the quality of life for their dogs. This means that volunteers from FIDO actually drive around looking for dogs who may be living a life outdoors and in chains. The FIDO team provides tools and resources to the homeowner in hopes that it will prevent them from relying on chains. From fences to training crates, warm beds, and leashes—the team helps to make the dog part of the family.
One of the things that struck me most when learning about this program is how thankful the owners are for the FIDO crew. The team often finds itself in low-income neighborhoods where residents feel forgotten. Instead of being angry at the suggestions and assistance FIDO offers, the homeowners more often than not welcome and appreciate them.