South Side Animal Shelter Needs Supplies to Help Dogs and Cats


To date, Rosie Ellis estimates that she has saved more than 40,000 animals in need.

INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a woman in South Indianapolis who’s made it her mission to help animals in need.

Rosie Ellis has opened Rosie’s Southside Animal Shelter 32 years ago because she saw a need.

“We save all that has no home,” said Ellis, who has been his motto for over 30 years.

To date, Ellis estimates that she has saved more than 40,000 animals in need.

Ellis is the first to admit that she receives a lot of help from staff, volunteers and local organizations.

“The vet comes every Tuesday – for sterilizations and sterilizations, to do rabies tests, feline leukemia and AIDS tests – to get [the animals] everything is ready [for adoption]”said Ellis.

Most of the cats are then put up for adoption at area PetSmart stores in a partnership that has helped Ellis not only adopt pets, but also raise funds along the way.

“We have already adopted over 1,500 of them right now,” Ellis said. “These are three more of our outlets, plus people come here and we’re open every day except Tuesday because it’s Tuesday that we sterilize.”

Ellis said it’s long and difficult hours for the staff, but they know they’re making a difference on the south side and in the lives of unwanted animals.

If you’d like to help, the shelter needs items for dog and cat care, including cat litter, training leashes, dog toys, and more. Click here to see the list of shelters. Items can be shipped or dropped off at the shelter during business hours at 1614 W. Edgewood Ave.

Shipped items can be sent to the following address:

Rosie’s Southside Animal Shelter
1614 West Edgewood Ave.
Indianapolis, EN 46217

Click here to see a list of adoptable cats and dogs.

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