View our 2014 Yearbook of Adopters who saved an animal's life by rescuing.

 

Best Friends Grant Logo

The Allen County SPCA is pleased to have received a grant from Best Friends Animal Society for its Name Your Feline Adoption Fee initiative to help homeless pets right here in Allen County.
 
This grant means that we can add the Name Your Feline Adoption Fee initiative to our efforts this year to find forever homes for our rescued pets. Our hope is to spark even more interest in feline adoption, and we believe that adopters who are able to offer more than $10 will do so, but if they cannot, this grant will offset the impact to our bottom line.
 
Liz Finch, senior manager of Best Friends’ Community Programs and Services, added, “This grant project definitely targets animals that are most at-risk to be euthanized and provides an innovative solution to save their lives in alignment with Best Friends’ determination to Save Them All®.”
 
Every day, approximately 9,000 pets are euthanized in shelters because they don’t have a home. Best Friends Animal Society and its No More Homeless Pets Network partners, such as the Allen County SPCA, are committed to saving them. This lifesaving grant is part of Best Friends Animal Society’s work to help Save Them All.

St. Pet-Trick's Day at Deer Park Irish Pub

St. PetTrick

We had so much fun at Deer Park Irish Pub this year. Many talented and well-decorated pups came with their families to join in our 2nd annual St. Pet-Trick's Day celebration. Check out our Facebook pages for pictures.

Thanks to all who competed and came to watch. Hopefully, everyone walked away with a prize or giveaway! Start planning your trick or costume for next year!

 

Quite Possibly the Best Pupdate Ever

JudoMy wife and I just purchased our first house in October of 2013. We had always talked about getting a dog but were very hesitant. We've always led a fairly simple life, but we both also grew up around dogs and understood how much they change your lifestyle. They are a big responsibility! Unfortunately in this day, not every owner understands that.


When we were discussing getting a dog, I always wanted a picture perfect puppy and wanted to raise it from scratch. It took a bit of convincing for me to look at the dogs at the SPCA. In hindsight, it was a very selfish feeling to have indeed.


One day in January of 2014 we decided to come down to your facility and spend some time browsing, just to see if getting a dog was something we really wanted to do. We saw an advertisement for 'Fancy' on your website among several others. Fancy was the first on our list to visit.


At the time she weighed 45lbs and could tell she was still recovering from being underfed and being underweight. She had several scars on her neck, a nasty ear infection, and a case of kennel cough. Your staff members led us to the visiting area and the moment she was brought to us, she sat at our feet in between us facing out as if she was ready to take a family portrait. She wasn't the nicest smelling, or prettiest dog at the time but we could tell instantly that she was looking for a lifetime companion and friend. We immediately fell in love, and knew that it wasn't only our mere desire to have a dog in our family, but also our responsibility as humanitarians to give a life a second chance, and to support our local community. That was a huge turning point not only in our home but also in our lives.


Your staff responsibly recommended that we take some time to think about it, just to make sure it was something we wanted to do even though we pretty much had our decision made. After our visit to the SPCA we immediately went to a local store to start pricing things like crates, beds, blankets, food bowls, food etc... just to make sure that we could financially make a dog a part of our family. We wanted to do the responsible thing also. While window shopping at the store, we received a call from your facility asking us if we could come down and pick her up that afternoon. We decided to sleep on it (even though it was a sleepless night).
The next morning we made our decision to adopt a new member of the family. We came down to fill out the paperwork and pick her up. We had some trouble getting her into the car. She was very afraid. When we arrived home we introduced her to the house. She was very hesitant to come in but she sniffed around and started becoming comfortable.


After a few weeks we started noticing that she had some severe separation anxiety issues, to the point where she would hurt herself trying to get out of her crate and she certainly didn't appreciate being alone. There were a few times where we may have second guessed our decision, but reflecting back on the feelings we had the first day we visited her at the SPCA always kept motivating us to do better for HER. It gave us the ability to learn how to put someone else's needs above our own. To this day, we're better people for it and we owe every debt to her. She was a hero for us as well.


Today, Judo remains the center focus of our family, taking her seat between our feet just like the first day we met her. Through hard work, determination, and LOTS OF LOVE she has COMPLETELY overcome her anxiety issues not only with separation but with other dogs as well. She currently weighs 60lbs and is in excellent health. She graduated the first two phases of the Allen County obedience school and also graduated a class in tricks. Her newly found love is agility and tricks. She knows well over 20 tricks already! She loves peanut butter, playing in the snow, and chasing after rabbits and squirrels. The scars on her neck will always remain as permanent reminders of how we need to treat her and every other living creature on this planet. Unconditional love, respect, determination, and loyalty are the key ingredients to a happy life.
She is the most loving, fearless, and loyal dog we've met in our lives and we thank the SPCA for the opportunity to be able introduce a new member to our family."

FROM THE ALLEN COUNTY SPCA: On behalf of our entire organization, thank you for committing to Judo, every single step of the way. We know that not every shelter dog's adoption is seamless. We know that it often takes work, and in some cases, a lot of it. We are most grateful to those adopters who go the extra mile, and in some cases more than a mile, to get these results. We also know Judo's back story. She came from one of the very worst situations we ever have seen. You, our friends, gave her a life she never would have known without you. Thank you for being her salvation. We are forever in your debt. So is she, and she'll show your her gratitude every day of her life.

 

Pals Living the Good LifeFinky & OJ

Adopted this past spring is Orange Julius and his newly adopted brother Finley. Their photo taken at their new home was sent with a hand-made card. How cute is that!

 

 

 

Paint Your Pet Fundraiser

We had a blast unleashing our creativity at Bottle & Bottega's Paint Your Pet
Fundraiser benefitting our shelter. The event was held at the Red River Steakhouse where a room full of pet owners painted their four-legged pals. A warm thanks to Bottle & Bottega who presented our shelter with a $500 check and mural-sized paintings created at the recent pet expo. They will be hung at the shelter for the public to see. Thank you Bottle & Bottega!

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More pictures can be viewed here. Just scroll down to the pet masterpieces.

 

 

ASPCA Logo

Jessica HenryThanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA, shelter director, Jessica Henry was awarded a scholarship to join the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The grant also covered tuition for the AFP’s online course titled Fundamentals of Fundraising. “I am so grateful for this opportunity,” said Henry. “As director, I am the primary fundraiser for the Allen County SPCA, and I appreciate any opportunity to learn about ways to increase our funding and strengthen relationships with our donors, each of whom is a valued partner in our mission to save animals’ lives.” The year-long membership in the AFP included monthly meetings featuring guest speakers who covered various topics pertaining to fund development.

 

 

Pine Valley Bar & Grill

Thanks to Pine Valley Bar & Grill!

A big thank you is in order to Irene and the rest of the crew at Pine Valley Bar & Grill for having a fundraiser for us. Their wonderful clientele along with their vendors, donated a combination of wishlist items and cash donations for our shelter. They even found a home for one of our little kittens that night.

Pine Valley Bar & Grill

 

New Van Wraps

We are proud to showcase our two animal transport vans which recently were updated with colorful van wraps. The vans’ artwork was designed by Kathy Minnich, Marketing Director, and includes photos of animals adopted through the nonprofit shelter’s program.  The van wrapping was a gift to the shelter from local companies, Boudoir Noir and My Select Images.

The shelter operates two vans, one cargo and one outfitted with animal transport cage backs.  The latter was a decommissioned fleet vehicle and was a gift from the City of Fort Wayne’s Animal Care & Control. The cage bank system was purchased through a generous grant from the ASPCA.

“Both of our vans are used regularly to transport animals to and from veterinary appointments, outreach events and offsite adoption locations.  Having them updated to be so visually appealing will help spread the message of the great work being done by the Allen County SPCA,” said shelter director, Jessica Henry.  “We’re very grateful to all of the companies and organizations who brought this longtime goal to fruition,” Henry continued. “Our friends at FWACC, the ASPCA, Boudoir Noir and My Select Images made this possible.”

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van wrap

 

 

Take a look at our new commercial on adoption which was created by WPTA-TV & WISE-TV. Thanks to our friends at Fort Wayne Subaru for funding this commercial.

 

WPTA Channel 21Alive features our shelter every week on their InSight program.

Click here to view a recent episode.

 

 

Pets for Patriots

Partnering with Pets for Patriots

This program matches veterans with senior dogs in shelters for adoption. We provide special gifts for the vet like half price adoption, discount vet care and discounted training sessions. The applicant goes through a process with Pets for Patriots first and if they are eligible for the program, they are given documentation to provide to us to receive the extra gifts upon adoption.

The link below provides a story of one of our dogs formerly known as Yodel who was adopted by a veteran through this partnership. This story was published on military.com.

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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
• Multi-cat enclosed playpen/cage
Dog agility equipment set

Special Enrichment Items
• Adaptil and feliway in spray bottle
• Peanut butter
• Training dog treats

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 dog beds
Kuranda Vinyl cat perches
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

Our Cat & Dog Food
We feed our dogs and cats the following food while in our care.
• Science Diet Sensitive Stomach & Skin (cats & dogs)
• Science Diet Puppy Healthy Growth
• Science Diet Kitten Food

For Our Community Pet Food Donation program
• Dog and cat food, dry or canned

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 or pillows. (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, Apr 4, 11 am - 2 pm
Pet Supplies Plus Community Outreach
4714 Coldwater Rd, Ft Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Apr 11, 11 am - 1 pm
Caring About People
Community Egg Hunt at Lakeside Park
Community Outreach
See who is available for adoption!
Free to the public!

Sat, Apr 11, 11 am - 2 pm
PETCO Community Outreach
315 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Wed, Apr 15, 6 pm
Annual Membership Meeting
Yolo's
4201 N. Wells Street, Fort Wayne, IN
Allen County SPCA members welcome!

Sat, Apr 18 & Sun, Apr 19, 11 am - 4 pm
Northern Indiana Pet Expo
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
4000 Parnell Ave
www.northernindianapetexpo.org

Sat, Apr 25, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Fri, May 1, 6 - 9 pm
Paint Your Pet
Bottle & Bottega
2870 E Dupont Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
$35 benefits our shelter.
Bring a photo of your pet.
No experience needed.
Click here to register.

Sat & Sun, May 2 & 3, 11 am - 4 pm
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend
10260 Maysville Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!
Look for the tent!

Sat, May 9, 11 am - 2 pm
Kaleidoscope Floors Community Outreach
6230 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, May 30, 10 am
K9 Klassic 5K Walk/Run
Foster Park
Fort Wayne, IN
Dogs welcome!
More details at www.k9klassic.com

Sat, Jun 6, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10260 Maysville Rd &
10035 Lima Rd

Sat, Jun 6, 11 am - 2 pm
Kaleidoscope Floors Community Outreach
6230 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

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

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

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

Sat, Jul 4, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10260 Maysville Rd &
10035 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN

Sat, Jul 11, 11 am - 2 pm
PETCO Community Outreach
315 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Jul 11, 11 am - 2 pm
Pet Supplies Plus Community Outreach
4714 Coldwater Rd, Ft Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Jul 25, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Aug 1, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10260 Maysville Rd &
10035 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN

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

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

Sat, Aug 22, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Aug 29, 11 am - 2 pm
Kaleidoscope Floors Community Outreach
6230 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Fri, Sep 11, 10 am - 5 pm
Sat, Sep 12, 10 am - 5 pm
Sun, Sep 13, 11 am - 6 pm
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend
All 3 PetSmart locations in
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Sep 26, Noon - 3 pm
Doggone Best Chili Challenge
Lucky Harley-Davidson
6315 Illinios Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana
$5 admission includes chili tasting.
Under 10 is free.

Sat, Sep 19, 11 am - 2 pm
Kaleidoscope Floors Community Outreach
6230 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Oct 3, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10260 Maysville Rd &
10035 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN

Sat, Oct 10, 11 am - 2 pm
PETCO Community Outreach
315 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Oct 10, 11 am - 2 pm
Pet Supplies Plus Community Outreach
4714 Coldwater Rd, Ft Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Oct 10
CatWalk - Puttin' on the Ritz!
Grand Wayne Center, Ft Wayne, IN
Doors open at 5 pm
Performance at 6 pm
www.acspcacatwalk.org

Sat, Oct 17, 11 am - 2 pm
Kaleidoscope Floors Community Outreach
6230 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Oct 24, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Fri, Nov 13, 10 am - 5 pm
Sat, Nov 14, 10 am - 5 pm
Sun, Nov 15, 11 am - 6 pm
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend
All 3 PetSmart locations in
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 12, 11 am - 2 pm
PETCO Community Outreach
315 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 12, 11 am - 2 pm
Pet Supplies Plus Community Outreach
4714 Coldwater Rd, Ft Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 26, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd • Ft Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!