A homeless shelter, an adoption center and a community pet food bank...
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 is open on Thursdays between the hours of 11 am - 2 pm when we have food available. An I.D. with proof of current address will need to be provided and proof that your pet(s) are spayed or neutered. Recipients are allowed one visit each month.
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.
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
Animal Enrichment Director(ext 200): Emilee Smith
Feline Medical Team Captain (ext 205): Tanya Gallo
Canine Medical Team Captain (ext 200): Amy Carnahan
Operations Team Captain (ext 202): Tyna Reiter
Animal Care Specialists (ext 202): Amie Schoeff, Christina Kaminski, Caitln Lothamer, Ashley Smith, Maria Montes, Kris Brandt, Christopher Gagnon
Board of Directors
President: Mick Stewart, ISU/Stewart, Brimner, Peters
Vice President: Kent Pyle, Northwestern Mutual
Treasurer: Kathleen Smith, Swiss Re
Secretary: Terah Brogan, Blackhawk Middle School
Fernando A. Fernandez, The Hair Dept.
Steve Gard, The Oyster Bar
Melanie Hall, MetalX
Deb Morrone, Fort Wayne Police Department
Jordan Scheiber, Gibson Insurance
Terra Schmidt, Lutheran Hospital
Shelly Zachary, Mach One International, Inc
Shelter Information Downloads
Want to help
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.
• Kuranda vinyl cat perches
• Kuranda dog beds
• Canned wet dog or cat food - any brand
• Sidewalk sandwich board sign
• 10x10 Instant Shelter PopUp - for our dogs at outreach events
• Pet safe salt for our outside dog areas
• 9 volt batteries
• Hand soap & hand sanitizer
• Disinfectant spray such as Lysol
• Dish detergent
• Tall kitchen trash bags
• Paper towels
• Toilet paper
• Dust pans with hand held brushes
• Basic tool kit: hammer, screw drivers etc.
• Postage stamps
• Address labels- white 1" x 2 5/8"
• Black HP4250 Toner Cartridges
• White & color copy paper
Cat & Dog Needs
• Kennel slipleads
• Box lids from copy paper cases (for disposable litter boxes)
• Heavy weight paper bowls for medication
• Ziplock plastic bags - quart size
• Red & green duct tape
• 4” x 4” gauze pads
• Screw on cage food & water bowls
• Interactive dog and cat toys
• Litter scoops
• Disposable scratchers
• Litter box deodorizer
• Double end snap clips for our kennel gates
• Non-scoopable clay litter (unscented)
• Covered cat play houses (no carpeting)
• Kitty condos
• Cat muzzles
• Kitty Kongs
• Martingale-style collars (medium & large sizes)
• 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 Tracter Supply
• Purina One Smart Blend Healthy Puppy Formula
• Purina One Smart Blend Dog Food Adult Chicken & Rice Formula
• Purina One Smart Blend Dog Food Adult Lamb & Rice Formula
• Purina One Smart Blend Dog Food Small Bites Beef & Rice Formula
• Canned wet food - any brand dog or cat food
For Our Community Pet Food Donation program
• Dog and cat food, dry or canned
• Brown paper sacks (grocery store size)
• Aluminum cans, cell phones, laptops, iPods, empty ink & toner cartridges
• New and used books, CDs and DVDs in their original cases.
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.
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.
Fri, Dec 13, 4 pm - 7 pm
Adopt a Dog for $13
Friday the 13th at
Fort Wayne Subaru
5000 Illinois Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
Sat, Dec 14, 11 am - 4 pm
Picture Your Pet With Santa at
1760 Apple Glen Blvd &
10260 Maysville Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
Proceeds benefit our shelter.
Sat, Dec 14, 11 am - 2 pm
Pet Supplies Plus Community Outreach
4714 Coldwater Rd, Ft Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!
Sat, Dec 28, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!