Voices for Animals

Voices For Animals was held on 1/19/16.
The event was held at ISTA Center
150 West Market
2nd Floor Indianapolis, IN 46204
And the State House, and hours were 8:30 am - 2:30 pm.
 
 What Happens When You Arrive?
You will be greeted by ASPCA and SNSI staff once you arrive at the ISTA Center. Please arrive on time- it is extremely important that we begin the day's events on schedule! We will sign you in and provide you with materials for your legislative meetings that afternoon. As folks gather please feel free to network with other animal advocates! Building a strong connection with fellow attendees is a powerful tool for lobbying and protecting animals.
After everyone has signed-in and received their information packets, we will begin a short presentation followed by a question and answer session. Following the question and answer session, we will guide you to the Statehouse where you'll meet with your legislators! Information on their office location will be given to you along with your information packet.
 Legislative Items/Bill Information:
At this year's Indiana Voices for Animals Day, we are going to focus on two important measures to protect and improve the welfare of animals across Indiana.
The Indiana pet protective order bill will give judges clear legal authority to include animals in protective orders for victims of domestic violence. Seventy-one percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser also targeted their animals. This bill will help protect pets and encourage victims to seek help.
 The enactment of a comprehensive, statewide spay/neuter bill, which will result in dramatic decreases in pet homelessness and euthanasia rates. Every year, an estimated 125,000 pets are surrendered to Indiana shelters-and tens of thousands of these animals die because there are not enough homes for them.

Special Guests:
We are so excited to share with you that adoptable animals will be joining us on January 19! Several furry friends will be on the third floor of the atrium in the Statehouse. Legislators and their staff will be coming by this area to visit with the animals. This event provides a great opportunity for animals in need to find their forever home! A huge thank you to Southside Animal Shelter and FACE for caring for these animals!
 
 Lunch:
After your legislative meetings, please return to the atrium of the third floor to enjoy a delicious lunch with our staff and other advocates. At this time, you will also turn-in your report back forms and discuss how your meetings went earlier that morning.
 
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