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The Allen County SPCA has been providing a safe haven for homeless cats and dogs in Northeast Indiana for more than 60 years. Our animals come to us from a variety of circumstances and require attention from the moment they arrive. Operating without any financial support from the government, the Allen County SPCA survives through the generosity of pet lovers in our community who wish to help dogs and cats in need.

Our organization provides a safe haven for stray and surrendered cats and dogs in our community until they find their permanent homes. Our limited intake facility offers an effective and comprehensive adoption program which places hundreds of dogs and cats into loving homes. While in our care, we provide medical and rehabilitation services as necessary to give the animals the best opportunity for adoption.

In addition, to deepen the impact of our organization and its reach, we offer additional services such as a weekly pet food bank open to those pet owners in need throughout our community. Our community pet food bank and resource center is open on Saturdays between the hours of 9 - 11 am when we have food available.

TuffyOur Mission

The Allen County SPCA will promote the prevention of cruelty to animals by providing a safe haven for animals, an effective and comprehensive adoption program, education and outreach programs for the community and deep and broad membership and volunteer programs.

 

Common Questions About Us

How do you get the animals in your program?

TRANSFER OF AT RISK ANIMALS: The overpopulation of pets is a real challenge. Municipal shelters around our community are overcrowded with animals and are forced to euthanize many. We work with these shelters and with other rescues to bring in animals they do not have the room to keep and put them into our adoption program.

OWNER SURRENDER: Some of our companion animals are family pets given up by their owners due to circumstances beyond their control. Some have been abandoned here at the shelter and others have been found by thoughtful members of our community and brought to us for a second chance at a happy home.

How long do you keep the animals in your care?

The animals in our adoption program remain in our care or the care of a foster family until they find a forever home. Occasionally, we do humanely euthanize animals with incurable illnesses or severe aggression, but never for population control.

Can I adopt an animal if I live outside of Allen County?

Yes! Anyone with an approved application can adopt one of our animals.

How can I help you?

Visit the Ways to Help section to see how you can help. From saving your recyclables for us, to doing a fund drive, we can always use help from our community.

 

Staff

Allen County SPCA 260-744-0454
Director (ext 201): Jessica Henry
Business Manager (ext 203): Dawn LaPorte
Marketing Development Manager (ext 203): Kathy Minnich
Volunteer Development Manager (ext 204): J. Mark Hannon
Office Coordinator (ext 207): Kelli Lambert
Feline Team Captain (ext 205): Tanya Gallo
Canine Team Captain (ext 200): Amy Miller
Operations Team Captain (ext 202): Tyna Reiter
Animal Care Specialists (ext 202): Amie Schoeff, Ashley Smith,Caitlin Lothamer, Kris Brandt, Christopher Gagnon, Tayler Fritts, Marissa Scheumann

 

Board of Directors

President:
Kent Pyle - Northwestern Mutual

Vice President:
Steve Smith - Fort Wayne Medical Surety Company

Treasurer:
Kathleen Smith - City of Fort Wayne

Secretary:
Deb Morrone - Fort Wayne Police Department

Traci Bohdan - Fifth Third Bank
Fernando A. Fernandez - The Hair Dept.
Steve Gard - The Oyster Bar
Diane Irwin - Lincoln Financial Group
Debra Lockhart - Wells Fargo
Jordan Scheiber - Gibson Insurance
Terra Schmidt - Lutheran Hospital
Mick Stewart - ISU/Stewart, Brimner, Peters
Lindsey Swanson - Haller & Colvin, P.C.

Shelter Information Downloads

Shelter Statistics
Annual Report
Form 990
Privacy Policy

Want to help
homeless animals?

WISH LIST

Our center is always on the lookout for supplies that will help keep our dogs and cats healthy, safe and happy. From food to toys, we welcome a number of items that will give our fur friends a comfortable lifestyle. Some items can be purchased directly from our wishlist on Amazon.com. Just follow the links.

Special Needs
10x10 Shelter PopUp - for our dogs at outreach events
• Multi-cat enclosed playpen/cage

Special Cat Enrichment Items
• Interactive toy fish bowls with waterbugs
• Cap bottle tops
• Plastic easter eggs
• Shredded paper
• Interactive cat toys

Special Dog Enrichment Items
• Wind chimes
• Classical music CDs
• Beef broth juice
• Rice
• Small paper bags
• Interactive dog puzzles
• Different spices
• Interactive dog toys

Housekeeping Needs
• Batteries
• Disinfectant spray such as Lysol
• Hand sanitizer
• Dish detergent
• 39 gal or larger trash bags
• Tall kitchen trash bags
• Paper towels
• Toilet paper

Office Needs
• Postage stamps
• Address labels- white 1" x 2 5/8"
• White & color copy paper

Cat & Dog Needs
• Box lids from copy paper cases (for disposable litter boxes)
• Heavy weight paper bowls for medication
• Resealable plastic bags - quart or gallon size
• 4” x 4” gauze pads
Kuranda vinyl cat perches
Kuranda dog beds
Screw on cage food & water bowls
• Rope toys for dogs
Disposable cat scratchers
• Litter box deodorizer
• Non-scoopable clay litter (unscented)
• Covered cat play houses (no carpeting)
Kitty condos
• Cat muzzles
• Catnip
• Catnip Spray
Kitty Kongs
• Martingale-style collars (medium & large sizes)
• Kennel slipleads
Stainless steel pet pails
• Made in the USA rawhide chews
• Gift cards to PETCO, PetSmart, Pet Supplies Plus, Green DogGoods, & Tractor Supply

Our Cat & Dog Food
We feed our dogs and cats the following food while in our care.
• 4health Cat & Kitten Food - available at Tractor Supply
• Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Food Chick & Rice
• Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Lamb & Rice
• Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Dog Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula
• Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Dog Shredded Blend Lamb & Rice Formula
• Canned Meow Mix wet cat food
• Canned dog foot - any brand

For Our Community Pet Food Donation program
• Dog and cat food, dry or canned
• Brown paper sacks (grocery store size)

Recyclables
• Aluminum cans, cell phones, laptops, iPods, empty ink & toner cartridges
• New and used books, CDs and DVDs in their original cases.

Books
Box up your new and used books, CDs and DVDs in their original cases and bring them to the shelter. We are paid by a local buyer for your books! Help raise money for us while you reclaim valuable storage space.

* We do not take comforters. (Some of our dogs like to chew the stuffing out of them.)

Donations may be dropped off during our regular business hours.

EVERYDOG

Article written by volunteer Debra Lockhart

I’ve been volunteering with a local rescue for about a year now and have loved every minute of it. In the past year, I’ve transported dogs, helped rescue dogs off of a chain, helped a dog give birth, adopted and said goodbye as some of my favorites have found their forever home. I’ve gotten to know some dogs more than others and have cheered nearly every adoption and only shed a tear or two for a few who have especially touched me in some way.

Still, there was something missing. This rescue is foster based, and at this time that is the one thing I’m not able to do, so most of my interactions come from adoption events or transport services. If I could bring my dog to work with me things might be different, because sometimes you just need to hug a dog or play with a kitty, so I began volunteering at our local SPCA. I figured that they were located close enough to my office that I could spend a lunch hour or two each week relaxing in the company of a furry little friend under the guise of helping them while in all actuality, reaping the benefits that come with cuddling a pet. Orientation was in two parts so after part one, I was able to ‘socialize with cats’ and I spent a good portion of a lunch hour on the floor of a kitty room getting and giving some soft purr-y love.

Part two allowed us to interact with the dogs and there was a special boy whom I met at both orientations and I was eager to go back and really interact with him on my first “dog day.” Its funny how a dog (or any animal, really) can grab your heartstrings and how it varies from person to person as to who that special furry pal may be. A fellow volunteer nudged me and pointed at a dog, “That’s my dog. I’m going to adopt that one.” “Hmmm, cute dog, nothing special,” I thought. He or she was the kind of dog I might not have given a second glance at if I weren’t here to generally socialize with the dogs.

In the kennel next to “her dog” was the special someone who had me at first glance. Truth be told, “special boy” is not usually someone who would grab my attention… except he did. He was just a medium sized dog, medium hair, medium build but with a deep chest and funny white paws that were too big for his body. (As a further testament to how perception skews what we actually see, he is listed as a large dog with long hair.) There was nothing exceptional… but his eyes. Ah, those soulful cinnamon eyes peering at me over the chew toy he hopefully offered me, they had me at hello.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sat, Nov 1, 10 am - 3 pm
Kaleidoscope Floors & Stainmaster
Adoption Event
6230 Lima Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46818
Free adoption with Pet friendly carpet and flooring purchase.

Sat, Nov 8, 11 am - 2 pm
PETCO Community Outreach
315 E Coliseum Blvd
Ft Wayne, IN 46805
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Nov 8, 11 am - 2 pm
Pet Supplies Plus
4714 Coldwater Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46825
See who is available for adoption!

Sat & Sun Nov 15 & 16, 10 am - 3 pm
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 6, 11 am - 2 pm
Little Rebel Day
Lucky Harley-Davidson
6315 Illinois Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46804
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 6, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10260 Maysville Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46835
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 6, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10035 Lima Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46818
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 13, 11 am - 2 pm
PETCO Community Outreach
315 E Coliseum Blvd
Ft Wayne, IN 46805
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 13, 11 am - 2 pm
Pet Supplies Plus
4714 Coldwater Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46825
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 27, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
See who is available for adoption!