Animal Care & Control changes adoption age to 21

Indianapolis AC&C said too many young people are bringing pets back

Indianapolis

Marion County's Animal Care & Control recently changed it's age requirement to adopt, after years of dealing with young people returning pets they were not prepared to keep.

The age to adopt used to be 18, but was changed to 21 about three months ago.

"We've had somebody get out into the parking lot and come right back in," said AC&C spokesman Adam Garrett. "We've had a lot of people who were younger who would adopt on impulse and then we'd see the animal come right back here."

Garrett said since the shelter is at capacity, the decision was not an easy one, but the right one.

"We just want to make sure we're making the best decision for the animals. We just want to find homes that are forever."

If you are considering adopting a pet, you need to be at least 21 and have a valid ID.

Garrett said the shelter can offer resources to help new pet owners adjust to their new pet. He also recommends volunteering at the shelter to get used to the animals and the responsibility they bring with them before adopting.
 

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