The Allen County SPCA Serves Pets and the People Who Love Them


The Allen County SPCA has been providing a safe haven for homeless cats and dogs in Northeast Indiana for more than 65 years. We are a limited-intake facility offering an effective and comprehensive adoption program. Every year we place thousands of dogs and cats into forever homes.

Our animals come to us from a variety of circumstances and require attention from the moment they arrive. While in our care, we provide medical and rehabilitation services and behavior assessments as necessary to give our animals the best opportunity for adoption. Each pet available for adoption is spayed or neutered and current on all vaccines.

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.

In addition, to deepen the impact of our organization and its reach, we offer a number of programs that benefit the animals in our care and the pet lovers of Fort Wayne.

Community Cats
An initiative with Animal Care & Control and H.O.P.E. for Animals to give feral cats the opportunity to live outdoors as opposed to forcing them into an adoption environment or euthanizing for space. Each program cat is spayed or neutered and ear-tipped for easy identification.

Food Bank
Our community pet food bank and resource center is open on Saturdays between the hours of 9 - 11 am when we have food available.

Pet Promises
A progressive program that aims to keep pets in their homes and out of the shelter by providing free vaccine clinics, spay/neuter surgeries, veterinary assistance, and everyday essentials that pets need but owners cannot always afford.

Compassion Foster
A foster program that aids dogs and cats who are recovering from illness as well as pet owners who need temporary homes for their animals and have nowhere else to turn.

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get the animals in your program?

Our animals come to us as transfers from other shelters or from owners who have made the difficult decision to surrender their pet.

Many shelters in Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio are overcrowded with animals. We work with these shelters and with other rescues to bring in animals from around the region and make them available to you through our adoption program.

As we make every effort to keep pets with their families, we know there are times this is not possible. Some of the pets available for adoption were surrendered to us by their families, due to circumstances beyond their control.

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 support the Allen County SPCA?

Please visit our Donate or Join page 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.


Location and Hours

We are located at 4914 S. Hanna Street, on the corner of Hanna & Pettit in Southeast Fort Wayne, Indiana.

We are open Tuesday through Friday, from 11 am until 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4 pm. We are closed on Mondays. Our last showing of available pets is 30 minutes before closing.



Allen County SPCA 260-744-0454

Executive Director Jessica Henry ext 201
Shelter ManagerStephanie Friesext 210
Business Manager Dawn LaPorteext 203
Community Relations ManagerMelissa Gibsonext 209
Marketing CoordinatorKimi Eckmanext 209
Administrative AssistantBrittney Sewellext 207
Pet Promises/
Community Outreach Coordinator
Melissa Osbornext 205
Pet Promises In-Home ServicesLisa Reyesext 202
Volunteer CoordinatorDani Wagnerext 204
Foster CoordinatorKris Brandtext 202
Operation C.A.T.Gabby Hullext 202
Animal Care SpecialistsJeff Brachmanext 202
Bobbie Buckles
Christopher Gagnon
Brandy Jacobs, RVT
Alli Miller
Bea Paris
Jordan Schmel
Mandi Swygart, RVT
Cathi Tucker

Transportation & Maintenance Kenny Bernier ext 202


Board of Directors

Kent Pyle - President
Northwestern Mutual

Kathryn Roudebush - Vice President

Reneta Thurairatnam - Treasurer
Lake City Bank

Lindsey Swanson - Secretary
Haller & Colvin, P.C.

Terah Brogan
Fort Wayne Community Schools

Julie Chao, MD

Patrick Davis
Franklin Fueling Systems

Phyllis Lehman-Oldenkamp
RN, Retired

Debra Lockhart
Wells Fargo

Mike McCartin

Terra Schmidt
Lutheran Hospital

Misty Stephan, RVT
Paw’s-n-Claw’s Pet Care Palace


Shelter Information

Shelter Statistics, 2017

Shelter Statistics, 2016

Shelter Statistics, 2015

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

Form 990

Audited Financials

Privacy Policy


Want to help
homeless animals?


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 Enrichment Items
• Training dog treats
• Soft dog treats
• Adaptil and feliway in spray bottle
• Feliway plug-in diffuser with refills
• Peanut butter

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
• Resealable plastic bags - quart or gallon size
• 4” x 4” gauze pads

Office Needs
• Postage stamps
• Address labels- white 1" x 2 5/8"
• White & color copy paper
• Duct tape
• Zip ties - medium/heavy duty
• Radient space heater for the feline isolation unit

Cat & Dog Needs
• Box lids from copy paper cases (for disposable litter boxes)
• Heavy weight paper bowls for medication
• Egg cartons
• Dog squeaky toys
• Martingale-style collars (medium & large sizes)
• Kennel slipleads
Stainless steel pet pails
• Made in the USA rawhide chews
Kuranda dog beds
Kuranda Vinyl cat perches
Screw on cage food & water bowls
Disposable cat scratchers
• Covered cat play houses (no carpeting)
Kitty condos
Kitty Kongs
• 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
• Science Diet canned kitten & adult cat food

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

• Aluminum cans, cell phones, laptops, iPods, empty ink & toner cartridges

* 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.


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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Volunteer Orientation
April 24
5:30 - 6:45 PM
Allen County Library Downtown Branch
Meeting Room C
Click here to sign up.



Corporate Partners

To join these companies in support of the Allen County SPCA email Melissa.

Subaru of Fort Wayne
Heritage Parts
Pawsitively Paradise Pet Resort
Bush's Best
Cinda b
McMahon's Best One
Stewart Brimner Peters Insurance
Kelli Southern State Farm
Digital Communications

Dog Guard