Our leadership team at FACE has a wealth of knowledge and experience.
The Solution Lies in Prevention
The FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic opened in 1999 as the first high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Indianapolis. We have dramatically reduced pet overpopulation and the misery and death it brings in the Indianapolis area. Spay/neuter is a proven solution: fewer animals born means it is easier to find homes for existing animals.
The Foundation Against Companion-Animal Euthanasia (FACE) was formed in July, 1993 for the purpose of establishing programs and policies which would decrease the number of unwanted dogs and cats euthanized in the Indianapolis area each year. Because of the proven effectiveness of low-cost spay/neuter clinics in other cities, its initial efforts were focused on encouraging the Humane Society of Indianapolis or the City of Indianapolis to start such a clinic. Unsuccessful in these efforts, FACE established itself as a 501(c)3 organization and began fund raising efforts to start its own "low-cost, high-volume" spay/neuter clinic in Indianapolis.
In October 1997, FACE purchased a 4400 square foot building with a one-half acre lot at 1505 Massachusetts Avenue. Construction on the building began in March, 1998. The facility was completed in December, 1998. On March 8, 1999 FACE opened the state of the art FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic to the public.
The community response has been overwhelming. FACE performs more than 70 surgeries a day and has performed thousands of sterilizations since first opening (see Main Page). Appointments are routinely filled three to four weeks ahead of time.
In 2011 FACE launched the Neighborhood Cat Program in conjunction with IndyFeral to target spay/neuter for neighborhood (stray and feral) cats. By the end of 2011, more than 800 neighborhod cats had been fixed.
As we continued to work together, it became clear that our organizational approach to overpopulation and animal welfare in Indianapolis matched: our missions are the same. FACE and IndyFeral are like minded organizations committed to ending euthanasia through accessible and affordable spay neuter. It didn't take long for us to see the opportunity that a merging of these two organizations would offer. Indy Feral merged with FACE in April 2012 and then became a program of FACE.
This merger has created seamless services for our city, and created a "first of its kind clinic" for spay/neuter and medical care of pet dogs/cats and neighborhood cats. Together we are leading the way to a "no-kill" Indianapolis.
Indianapolis City-County Special Resolution recognizing FACE for their commitment to the reduction of animal euthanasia in Indianapolis, January 7, 2013.
From The Best Friends Animal Society, January 30, 2013:
FACE of TNR Recognized by Local Officials
From Animal Sheltering, January/February 2013:
Yes, In Our Backyard: Turning the NIMBY attitude on its head, some shelters care for feral cat colonies onsite
By Nancy Peterson
From RTV6, December 12, 2012:
Numbers Show Dramatic Drop In Animals Euthanized At City Shelter
More than 6,000 still killed In 2012