spay3Today is National Spay Day. We bet you did not know that before now. In recognition of this, we take a quick look at the history of Indianapolis dog pounds, and then some happier vintage views of pets from around Indiana.

Indianapolis Dog Pound

Like many cities during the City Beautiful movement, Indianapolis created a city dog pound to help control the population of stray animals that were viewed as disease carrying nuisances. The turn-of-the-last-century Indianapolis dog pound was located on the southern edge of Greenlawn Cemetery, adjacent to the River Ave. bridge (now demolished–one bridge pier base can still be seen north of the Oliver Ave bridge). A view of that bridge, probably looking west from the dog pound property, is here. The 1898 Sanborn map shows a modest T-shaped building of concrete block, about half being dog pens, another third being the wagon storage and the remainder being other (unlabeled) rooms.