Freddy’s Plunge for the Pets

July 6, 2005
One would expect that at a lunchtime Adopt-A-Pet gathering to promote Thursday’s Indiana Fever game, the various pets on hand would draw the attention of fans and onlookers in front of the Emmis Communications studios on Monument Circle.

And, yes, they did, but not without sharing that attention with the antics of Indiana’s friendly, furry mascot, Freddy Fever!

Seeking a break from the heat, Freddy Fever took leave from the pets, ventured across the street to the steps of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, and took a spontaneous plunge in the Monument Circle fountains before parading in front of the sun-drenched Indianapolis lunchtime audience!

For the third straight year, the Indiana Fever has partnered with Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (IAAC) to present Adopt-A-Pet Night at a Fever game, when Indiana hosts the Houston Comets on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Each year, awareness of the game and pet adoption have been re-inforced by a lunchtime rally on Monument Circle.

At Wednesday’s rally, IAAC spokeswoman Media Wilson said, “We’re bringing nine dogs and six cats [to the game], and we’re hoping to get as many homes for them as possible. We don’t want to take any of them back with us. We also want to raise public awareness that animals can be adopted at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control. Every year we have excellent results.”

Fans attending Thursday’s game may adopt their new pet for $60 which includes the spay/neuter procedure, first round of vaccinations, heartworm or feline leukemia test, preventive flea treatment and a microchip. Fans may take their pet home immediately following the game, or arrange to pick up from IACC at a later date.