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Executive Director Jessica Henry joins host Bruce Haines on PBS39's "Primetime39" to discussthe Allen County SPCA.


The Invasion of Kitty Hall


Excellence Award for Outstanding Customer Service

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Jessica Henry, for winning the 2016 O’Daniel Excellence Award for Outstanding Customer Service, presented by Randy O’Daniel on 5/9/16.


Allen County SPCA Receives $5000 Grant from Petsmart

PetSmart presented the Allen County SPCA with $5,000 donation to support our nonprofit shelter's work in underserved areas in the community.

The Allen County SPCA, which has been helping local animals for over 65 years, recently expanded its services to help pet parents in underserved communities, providing access to basic pet care and supplies through the Pets for Life program.

PetSmart provided this charitable donation through its PetSmart Gives Back initiative. This initiative focuses on giving back to local communities throughout the nation in support of organizations that enrich people's lives through the power of pets.


Allen County SPCA Receives Generous Grant from the Foellinger Foundation

The Allen County SPCA is most grateful for a $10,000 operating grant from the Foellinger Foundation. This funding will enable us to continue our important, life-saving work in the community and advance our mission to help area homeless pets.

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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.


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.

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 we 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 it was that first day we visited her at the SPCA that 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 60 lbs. 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 newfound 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 to 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 backstory. 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.


InSight Program

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, such as half-price adoption, discounted 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 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
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McMahon's Best One
Stewart Brimner Peters Insurance
Kelli Southern State Farm
Digital Communications

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