MercyMan Saves Life of Trapped Kitten

FORT WAYNE (June 26, 2014) –  During his routine morning walk on Monday, a good Samaritan spotted something in the middle of North River Road in New Haven, IN.  Upon further investigation it was a clear plastic, zippered bag – similar to packaging for new bedding - with three tiny kittens trapped inside.  The bag had been run over by a vehicle, and only one kitten was alive.  The lone survivor, now named Mercy, was brought to the Allen County SPCA along with her deceased littermates.

Mercy, who is too young to be spayed, was examined, determined to be healthy, and is now residing in a foster home until she’s ready for adoption.  Her littermates were transported for cremation.

“We were really saddened by it,” said shelter director, Jessica Henry.  “It is unfathomable that in this day and age, someone literally would trap those kittens with no way out, whatsoever, and allow them to suffer like that.”  Henry continued, “It will be our honor to help Mercy find a loving forever home where she will always be safe and out of harm’s way.”

The Allen County SPCA implores anyone unwilling or unable to care for any animal of any age to please seek humane alternatives for placement.  Citizens are urged to contact Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control or the Allen County SPCA for assistance with unwanted pets.

New Haven Police were contacted, but there were no witnesses to the incident.  If you have information, please contact the New Haven Police Department at (260) 493-1517.

 

In less than 2 years, director has adopted success

The Journal Gazette article by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published June 19, 2014

She jokes that she was the last of the litter. Now, she could be seen as leader of a pack.

The youngest of 17 children born to the late Jerome “Jerry” Henry of Fort Wayne and his wife, Marganelle – and yes, Mayor Tom Henry is one of her brothers – Jessica Henry took over as executive director of the Allen County SPCA in September 2012.

The 40-year-old came to the post with a degree in business from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer and after volunteering for several years for the Clinton County Humane Society in Frankfort.

And, as might be expected, she also brought to the job a childhood as one of those soft-hearted kids who’d bring home stray animals.

“I remember one time I found two dogs – puppies, really, they were only about 10 weeks old – in a ditch on Moeller Road,” Henry says.

“I was so naïve and confused when no one claimed them because I felt someone must be missing these puppies. It was the longest time before I realized, ‘I don’t think anyone is coming for them.’ I felt so sad.”

Henry now cares for what she calls “a houseful of senior pets” – a chow-chow/golden retriever mix named Pumpkin who’s 14 and two 16-year-old male cats, a Siamese mix and a gray tiger.

“Sometimes I think the reason I have this job is I can come to work every day and have a hundred pets,” Henry says.

But, since her appointment as top dog at the more than 60-year-old SPCA, the agency has found other homes for plenty of stray and surrendered pets.

“The hardest thing about the job is not finding homes for animals, I can tell you that,” Henry says. She added that adoptions nearly tripled between 2009 and 2013 – from 457 to 1,274. The agency is on pace to increase that number by 30 percent this year, she says.

Improving the SPCA’s placement stats didn’t happen by magic.

“I took a close look at all of our policies and did a lot of overhauling,” Henry says, adding she thought the previous adoption policy was “cumbersome” and had too many potential barriers.

“I wanted to remove some without sacrificing animal welfare,” she says.

Through simple changes – expanding shelter hours to times when more people would be off work, changing call-back practices and, as in the mortgage business, prequalifying potential adoptive individuals and families – the average wait time for an adoption was cut from a week to two to three days, she says.

A rule that pets over 40 pounds needed an enclosed yard was eliminated. That was because more people wanting pets lived in condos and apartments without yards or in neighborhoods that didn’t allow fences.

And, adoption fees for cats were cut from $70 to $10 or two for $20. The lower fee has allowed more people to adopt more than one cat.

Meanwhile, the average stay for dogs is now down to about four days. “Sometimes they’re kind of scarce,” Henry says.

Another change that’s spurred adoptions is cooperation with the three Fort Wayne PetSmart stores. The stores now house adoptable cats from the SPCA full time and host weekend adoption events for both dogs and cats. In April, about 50 cat adoptions were done through PetSmart exposure, Henry says.

Volunteers also take animals to other stores and community events, including the Barr Street Farmers Market and Lunch on the Square downtown.

“There isn’t a weekend when our animals aren’t out somewhere,” Henry says.

Madeleine Laird, executive director and founder of H.O.P.E. for Animals, a Fort Wayne low-cost spay and neuter and pet wellness clinic, says Henry’s adoption numbers are impressive.

“We talk about numbers, but every one of those are lives. Every animal placed means another animal saved from unnecessary euthanasia,” she says.

The SPCA, a limited-admissions facility, does not euthanize for population control. Greater adoption numbers means it can take more transfers from Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control, which must euthanize if numbers become too great, Laird says.

Laird says Henry loves people as much as animals.

“She’s a very unique person. From the first time I met her, I knew she had wonderful qualities, and I even tried to entice her to join our board,” Laird says. “I knew she was a passionate person and someone who would make a difference.

“A lot of people are talkers, but she’s a doer. She’s not afraid of problems, and she tries to find ways to innovate, to address those problems and not just complain about them.”

Soon, Henry says, the SPCA will take on the biggest project since her appointment. The organization plans to expand and update the shelter building at Hanna Street and Pettit Avenue in southeast Fort Wayne.

Rather than find a new spot, the organization will stay put, growing on the existing property and vacant land next door.

“I think it’s good for our outreach to stay here for the community here,” Henry says.

The building will mean about 2,000 more square feet and cost about $1.5 million. Preliminary renderings have been made and a capital campaign should start this year.

As she outlines the plan, Henry smiles, thinking back to the days when she tried to catch rabbits in the front yard and turn them into pets.

“I always say, ‘Man plans. God laughs,’ ” she says. “That’s something I learned from my dad. He always used to say 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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Taking our dogs to the ball park...

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Our staff and dedicated volunteers took advantage of the sunshine by taking some of our adoptable dogs out to the ball game on Sunday, June 1, 2014 for the TinCap's 2nd Annual Bark in the Park. Pooch Passes were sold to the public who enjoyed the game with their favorite pooches. Check back for more pictures of this event.

Petco logo Game sponsored by Petco Foundation. A portion of ticket sales was donated to the Allen County SPCA.

 

 

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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51 PETS FOUND HOMES AT THE BIG ADOPTION TENT AT PETSMART

Thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities, the Allen County SPCA along with the Steuben County Humane Society, Perfect Paws Pet Rescue and Blackford County Humane found homes for 51 pets. It was a great time for all four shelters who teamed up for this huge adoption event.

 

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.

 

NBC33 Adopted a shelter dog from us...

NBC33 Dog

The newest member of the NBC33 family is a 3-year old Lhasa Apso. Visit NBC33 online for the full story.

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

Click here to view a recent episode.

 

St. Pet-Trick art

See how much fun we had...

Thanks to Deer Park Irish Pub for having us and for supplying the heated tent and stage.

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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
• Baby scale to weigh food up to 30 lbs.
10x10 Shelter PopUp - for our dogs at outreach events
• Large travel case with wheels and telescoping handle (to transport dog supplies to adoption events)

Housekeeping Needs
• Batteries
• Disinfectant spray such as Lysol
• Hand sanitizer - URGENT NEED
• 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
• Ziplock plastic bags - quart size
• Ziplock plastic bags - gallon size
• 4” x 4” gauze pads
Kuranda vinyl cat perches
Kuranda dog beds
Screw on cage food & water bowls
• Interactive dog and cat toys
• 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, July 26, 11:30 am
Hogs for Dogs
Lucky Harley-Davidson
6315 Illinois Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
$10 per bike, registration at 10:30am
See who is available for adoption 1-3pm
Food & music after the ride!
Click here for details & registration.

Sat, July 26, noon - 3 pm
Fort Wayne Pride Festival
Headwaters Park East downtown
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
See who is available for adoption!

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

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

Sun, Aug 3, noon - 4 pm
2nd Annual Summer Pup-nic & Ice Cream Social
Shoaff Park Conklin Pavilion
6402 St. Joe Rd
Ft Wayne, IN. 46835
$15 microchipping.

Sat, Aug 9, 11 am - 2 pm
Pet Supplies Plus
4714 Coldwater Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46825
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Aug 16, 11 am Registration
Todd Alber Memorial Golf Outing
Noble Hawk Golf Links
3005 Noble Hawk Dr
Kendallville, IN 46755
Email: toddalbermemorialgolf@gmail.com
to register. Proceeds benefit our shelter.

Sat & Sun, Aug 23 & 24, 11 am - 4 pm
PETCO National Adoption Weekend
315 E Coliseum Blvd
Ft Wayne, IN 46805
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Aug 23, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Aug 30, Noon - 3 pm
Dog Days of Summer
Science Central
1950 N. Clinton St
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
See who is available for adoption!

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

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

Sun, Sep 7, 4 pm
Curly's Village Inn "Paw Fest"
4205 Bluffton Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46809
$10 food buffet
Proceeds benefit our shelter!

Fri, Sat, Sun, Sep 12 - 14
Time TBD
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend
All 3 PetSmart locations in
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Sep 20, 11 am - 2 pm
PETCO Community Outreach
315 E Coliseum Blvd
Ft Wayne, IN 46805
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Sep 20, 11 am - 2 pm
Pet Supplies Plus
4714 Coldwater Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46825
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Sep 27, noon - 3 pm
Doggone Best Chili Challenge
at Lucky Harley Davidson
6315 Illinios Rd (at I-69)
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Proceeds benefit our shelter!
Click here for details.

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

Sat, Oct 4
Fraternal Order of Eagles
4th Annual BBQ Cookoff
4940 Bluffton Road
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for
adoption!

Sat, Oct 4, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10260 Maysville Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46835
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Oct 4, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10035 Lima Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46818
See who is available for adoption!

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

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

Sat, Oct 25, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Oct 25, 5 pm
CatWalk
Grand Wayne Convention Center
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Sat, Nov 1, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10260 Maysville Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46835
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Nov 1, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10035 Lima Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46818
See who is available for adoption!

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!

Fri, Sat, Sun Nov 14 - 16
Time TBD
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend
All 3 PetSmart locations in
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Nov 22, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort 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!