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Celebrating six years of Rescue Rally successes; please continue to support all-volunteer rescues!

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Over the past six years, participants in mtA’s Rescue Rally have saved more than 1,270 animals and earned over $23,000 to support their life-saving work. mtA is retiring Rescue Rally in 2016 but we will continue to support the animals at high risk by way of the mtA Moore Life Medical Fund and the Last Chance Fund.

We also encourage you to keep them in mind at this gift-giving time.

In 2010, only about half of the animals coming into the Indianapolis city shelter were getting out alive. Animal welfare organizations with paid development and advertising staff commanded public attention, media presence, and donor dollars, while the few small, all-volunteer rescue organizations had little name recognition and less support.

mtA introduced Rescue Rally to acknowledge, celebrate and reward these small rescues. The goal was to heighten public awareness and support for their commitment and hard work in saving animals facing an untimely death. Donors like you stepped up, awareness grew, and Rescue Rally served its purpose.

In 2016, approximately 85% of the animals coming into the Indianapolis city shelter got out alive. There are more small rescues than ever, and they are finally being recognized. Here’s a partial list of those that have participated with mtA initiatives:
Every Dog Counts
Casa Del Toro
Mended Hearts Indy
Lucky Dog Retreat
Love of Labs Indy
Heart for Dog
Chihuahua Rescue
Indy Claw
Beagle Buddies
All About Dogs
IN Siamese Rescue
Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue
Tails & Trails
A Critter’s Chance
Helping Paws
Ruts Rescue
Waldo’s Muttley Crew
Indianapolis Poodle Rescue
Cat’s Haven

If we’ve missed yours, please let us know! Every rescue counts, and we salute you all.

The work is not done until every healthy adoptable animal has a home. As you consider your year-end charitable giving, please keep these hard-working groups and their shoestring budgets in mind. Your gift to them directly helps animals in need!

The mission of move to ACT (mtA) is to heighten community awareness of animal welfare issues and to advocate for improved policies and practices. mtA seeks truth and responsibility and is guided by principles of respect, accountability and integrity.

Last “Tails & Ales” until September – see you Thursday at the Brewpub!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

The last spring session of Tails & Ales at the Broad Ripple Brewpub is Thursday, June 18. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy some great food, craft beer, and the opportunity to save a life and find your new best friend!

Five all-volunteer rescue groups will be bringing adoptable pets to visit with Brewpub customers on Thursday. The roster includes:

Lucky Dog Retreat
Tribe Bully
A Critter’s Chance
Every Dog Counts

The fun starts at 6:00. Bring a two-legged friend and learn more about the rescues, get acquainted with the adoptable animals, skip cooking for the evening, and expect a surprise or two!

Tails & Ales will be back in September, but why wait that long?

Indy Mega Adoption Event seeks homes for 1,000+ pets

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

On June 20 and 21, more than 1,000 central Indiana homeless dogs and cats are hoping to find their forever homes. More than 25 organizations are participating in the third Indy Mega Adoption Event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, and there’s no charge to attend beyond the $5 parking fee charged by the Fairgrounds.

Participating groups include regional shelters from Brown, Hendricks, Morgan and Hamilton Counties, as well as FACE, IACC, and several all-volunteer rescues. All animals are up to date on vaccinations and have been spayed or neutered and microchipped. Adoption fees are just $30, and most pets can go home the same day.

On the upside, the large selection, central location and low adoption fees are appealing to potential adopters who either can’t face going into a shelter or need a little nudge to go from thinking about adopting to actually doing it. In promoting the event, the organizers have helped focus attention on the huge numbers of homeless pets. Previous Mega Adoption Events have produced large numbers of adoptions, making room in shelters and rescues for many more animals in need.

On the other side of the coin, being transported and housed with hundreds of other animals in an unfamiliar place can’t help but be stressful for these animals. Some adoptions will be spur-of-the-moment and won’t work out. And if, as some have suggested, certain animals have been specifically tucked away to be showcased at this event and not made available for earlier adoptions, that would be a grave disservice both to those animals and to the many more who come into shelters every day.

Nothing, of course, has just one side. mtA hopes all rescue groups will maintain their usual reasonable standards for potential adopters, and that hundreds of dogs and cats find permanent, happy homes at the Mega Adoption Event!

Nine local all-volunteer animal rescue groups share $5,700 in prize money

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

February 23, 2015
For immediate release

Nine local all-volunteer animal rescue groups share
$5,700 in prize money from 2014 Rescue Rally

More than $5,700 in donated cash and gift cards was awarded to participating volunteer animal rescue organizations at the 2014 Rescue Rally Awards Presentation on Friday, February 20. The annual competition rescued 143 animals.

Sponsored by move to ACT, Rescue Rally is in its fifth year. Local all-volunteer animal rescues participated to see which could pull the most animals from Indianapolis Animal Care and Control between November 1 and December 31.

Topping the awards list was Every Dog Counts, which pulled the most dogs, most cats, most black cats and most animals overall, a total of 65. Their efforts earned $2,225.

In second place was Lucky Dog Retreat, with 34 animals rescued including the most black dogs, for $1,150 in awards. Black animals are emphasized because they tend to be overlooked by adopters.

Pet Supplies Plus donated a $20 gift card to each participating rescue. Participants and their cash prize totals were:

Every Dog Counts (65 animals) $2,225
Lucky Dog Rescue (34 animals) $1,150
ARPO (15 animals) $ 525
Mended Hearts (13 animals) $ 475
Tails and Trails (9 animals) $ 375
Casa del Toro (7 animals) $ 325
A Critter’s Chance $ 150
INDY Claw $ 150
Love of Labs Indy $ 150

“Many, many thanks to all the private and corporate donors who made the prizes possible, and to the Milano Inn for hosting this and other move to ACT events,” said Warren Patitiz of move to ACT. “These small, all-volunteer rescues use every penny they receive for the animals, and they save so many lives.

“But the biggest winners, of course, are those 143 animals who now have a chance at a better life.”

Held at the Milano Inn on a frigid night, the presentation drew numerous animal welfare supporters including Dennis Papenmeier, recently appointed administrator of IACC.

For more information, contact

Warren Patitz

“Tails and Ales” 2014

Monday, May 5th, 2014

“Tails and Ales” 2014 starts May 8; enjoy an
evening with local volunteer rescues!

Come out for a fun evening at the Broad Ripple Brewpub and support our local all-volunteer rescue groups! Again this year, the Brewpub will partner with move to ACT for “Tails and Ales” on specific Thursdays from 6 to 9 pm. Ten small, all-volunteer rescue groups will participate, bringing great pets available for adoption.

The Brewpub is located at 842 E. 65th Street, near the popular Monon Trail. Featuring British-inspired dishes, hearty sandwiches, plenty of vegetarian choices, pizza, and a variety of locally-brewed beers, it has one of the largest dog-friendly outdoor seating spaces in the Village.

“Tails and Ales” begins on May 8 with Every Dog Counts, All About Dogs, Waldo’s Muttley Crew, Great Pyrenees Rescue, and IndyCLAW. Chihuahua Rescue,Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue, ARPO, and Casa Del Toro will be on hand May 22. Siamese Cat Rescue will also participate.

Gather your friends, enjoy some terrific food and beverages from the Broad Ripple Brewpub, and introduce everyone you know to the lifesaving efforts of these hard-working rescues. Someone’s new best friend is waiting!

Join us on these dates 6-9PM:

May 8
May 22
June 5, 19
Sept 11, 25
Oct 9, 23

Rescue Rally 2012 Awards Evening

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

An enthusiastic crowd attended the Friday evening, January 25th, Rescue Rally Awards ceremony at the Circle City Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital to recognize and celebrate the small, all volunteer rescue organizations that participated in this year’s Rally.

These 12 organizations were responsible for the out-alive release of 300 animals (we are including the exotic animals in this total) in the 2 month Rally period.

Thanks to the private and corporate support of Rescue Rally, these organizations received $4,550 of awards to off-set the expense of this life-saving ministry.

To really take your breath away, we should know that for the year 2012, these 12 organizations were responsible for a total of 1,532 animals leaving IACC alive!

Who are they?

Love of Labs Indy
Heart for Dog Rescue
Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue
Every Dog Counts Rescue
Beagle Buddies
A Critters Chance
Waldo’s Muttley Crew
Mended Hearts Indy
Indianapolis Poodle Rescue
Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue
Chihuahua Rescue

move to ACT is grateful to all who made this event possible. When making a donation to help an at-risk animal, please consider the small, all volunteer rescue organization, or you can make a donation to the mtA Rescue Rally.

Rescue Rally 2012

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

The 2012 move to ACT Rescue Rally is in full swing and eleven all-volunteer rescue organizations have joined the two- month initiative. More than 360 animals have left Indianapolis Animal Care and Control alive in the last two Rallies.

In 2011, 14,881 dogs and cats entered IACC. 2,152 (14%) were untreatable and euthanized. 5,771 (39%) were adoptable but killed. 2,042 (14%) were adopted, and 4,383 (29%) left alive via transfer (rescue organizations). The cost to return these animals to health after acquiring shelter-related illnesses can range from $200-$1,000+ before they leave the rescue organization and into a permanent home.

As you can see, small, all-volunteer animal rescue organizations play a big role in the life-saving safety net for at-risk animals who find their way to IACC – but like IACC itself, they receive only a small fraction of the community’s attention and support.

100% of donations to the Rescue Rally goes to supporting these quiet champions while at the same time increasing the number of animals that leave IACC alive to find their way into a foster and/or new home!

Join us in recognizing this year’s participating organizations:

Love of Labs Indy
Heart for Dog Rescue
Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue
Every Dog Counts Rescue
Beagle Buddies
A Critters Chance
Waldo’s Muttley Crew
Mended Hearts Indy
Indianapolis Poodle Rescue
Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue
Chihuahua Rescue

If you would like to help these organizations that help the animals at IACC – please support the Rescue Rally.
Donations can be made on line, or you can write a check to move to ACT and mail to:

move to ACT
PO Box 68658
Indianapolis, IN 46268

If you, or someone you know, is considering adopting an animal – please direct to IACC or any of the small, all-volunteer animal rescue organizations. And please remember to visit and thank those businesses at the bottom of this page that support the Rescue Rally.

September 21, 2012 – Fundraiser at Milano for Kilo and Magnum

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Friends ~ Here is the latest flyer for the fundraiser at Milano for Kilo and Magnum ~ If you would be so kind as to post anywhere you can I would so greatly appreciate it…..I spoke with Matt Jerret this morning, he is the Police Officer whose Police partner Magnum was shot and killed in the line of duty and he told me that the guys at APD are very much looking forward to the event and are very appreciative as well.

As all of you are aware I am very passionate about animals and helping all of you in your endeavors to rescue our beloved four legged friends. I pledge that I will continue my efforts as well into the future. Maybe I found my calling ~ Anyways these Gentleman risk their lives and the lives of their Police Canines each and every day to keep “US” safe from harms way.

They need to know from all of US just how much we appreciate all that they do ~