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Alliance For Responsible Pet Ownership, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership was conceived in 1998 by a group of Indianapolis citizens concerned about the continuing high rate of euthanasia in our city. ARPO seeks to unite animal-related businesses and organizations in central Indiana for the purpose of promoting responsible pet ownership and decreasing the number of companion animals surrendered to shelters. ARPO is funded solely by donations and is staffed entirely by volunteers.

Target demographics: stray, abandoned, neglected, abused and surrendered cats and dogs

Direct beneficiaries per year: about 375 dogs and cats in 2015

Geographic areas served: Central Indiana

Programs: Temporary shelter with a loving foster family, medical care, promote pet ownership as a lifetime commitment, and cooperate with other animal-related organizations for the purpose of reducing the population of unwanted cats and dogs through adoption, spay/neuter and other educational programs.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 4

I've been a foster for ARPO now 5 years. I mostly take in cats and kittens. I love that this group is so willing to take the animals into their homes. Some fosters have an amazing number of pets in their homes waiting for forever homes. They work with the animals to socialize them and go out of their way to get very sick animals healthy. The animals are neutered before they are adopted out. Hard to place animals do find homes. Adopters agree to return the animal to ARPO if they can no longer provide for it. If you are looking for a group to donate, please consider ARPO.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 4

This is probably the best and most recognized rescue group in the Indianapolis are, yet their founders started the group in the Fishers area. They do take animals to many pet fairs, so to get adopted and are one of the oldest and well organized rescue groups known around the Indianapolis are. Best known as "ARPO". I personally was involved when they first got started back around 1995 or 1996, but have since had other obligations to tend to, but still donate and attend some of their events. They are very dedicated to the mission or promoting "responsible pet owners" and the adoption of unwanted or surrendered/found pets.