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.




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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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


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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 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)

• 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.

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Sat, Nov 22, noon - 3 pm
Paw’s-n-Claw’s Holiday Open House
1313 W Coliseum Blvd
Ft Wayne, IN 46808
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!

Fri, Dec 12, 7:30 pm
Sat, Dec 13, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Holiday Pups
Embassy Theatre
Ft Wayne, IN 46802
See our adoptable dogs on stage.

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!

Fri, Dec 19, 7:30 pm
Sat, Dec 20, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Holiday Pups
Embassy Theatre
Ft Wayne, IN 46802
See our adoptable dogs on stage.

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