There are many ways you can help the Allen County SPCA!
Become a Member
There are many ways to support the Allen County SPCA, including membership. As a member you will receive a monthly newsletter and have voting rights at the annual meeting in April. Membership dues are used to provide animal care, vaccinations, and veterinary services and to spay and neuter our animals.
Becoming a member means that you will have a direct impact on the loving dogs and cats that come to the ACSPCA. Not only will you be financially assisting with their heath and well-being, but you will be involved in decisions that will affect the future of the animals we love so much.
The Allen County SPCA is a not-for-profit organization that receives no government funding of any kind. We are an A+ Better Business Bureau accredited charity and seal participant. We rely entirely on the support of our members and community donations to keep our dogs and cats healthy and safe. Donating onine is easy and is done through PayPal. You may also make donations through checks payable to the Allen County SPCA and mailed to our address below.
Click here to view our donation options.
Welcome to the Allen County SPCA’s (ACSPCA) Volunteer Program. We are pleased that you are considering donating your time and talents to benefit the animals. We hope you will find many opportunities that will be both rewarding and fulfilling for you.
For details on specific volunteer tasks, click here. We encourage you to ask questions, make suggestions, explore various volunteer opportunities, and share your experiences with others.
The first step in volunteering is to fill out a short questionnaire and send to our Volunteer Coordinator who will set up an orientation. Once you attend our orientation, you will receive login information for our Volunteer Portal. Click here for the survey.
If you are already a volunteer, use this link to log into our Volunteer Portal. You will be able to record your volunteer hours with us which helps us receive much needed future funding. Click here for the Volunteer Portal.
Host a Third-Party Fundraising Event
Have a great fundraising idea to help our homeless animals? All you need is a plan of action. Just complete our third-party fundraising application, which can be downloaded below. Your participation in organizing a third-party fundraiser benefitting our shelter ensures there is a place for homeless animals to live until they find their forever homes.
Become a Foster Parent
You will find that fostering a dog or cat in your home is an opportunity to learn about pets and how to help them. It requires commitment, patience, and lots of TLC.
An animal with a special need typically needs to be fostered before it’s adoptable. It also needs extra attention, extra time, and it requires a more private and quiet home environment.
These special needs can range from animals suffering from eyesight loss or hearing loss to very young animals that need some time to grow up before being placed in a home. The needs can also include dogs going through heartworm treatment. Whatever the challenge, each animal will have a treatment plan specifically tailored to its needs.
As a Foster Care Volunteer (FCV) you would provide an animal with a safe and nurturing environment, allowing it to overcome its challenges on its journey to a forever home.
Donate Wishlist Items
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. Donations may be dropped off during our regular business hours. See our complete Wishlist to the right in the orange box.
Some items can be purchased directly from our wishlist on Amazon.com.
Leave a Legacy
Legacy gifts can provide significant estate and gift-tax deductions, and if you give during your lifetime, the donations may reduce your income taxes as well. There are a variety of giving options, including the ability to set up a charitable fund in your family's name. Although tax benefits are often what are most touted about charitable giving, we know most donors give because they want to support a special cause. Won't you discuss this with your professional advisor? Please contact us for a brochure about legacy gifts.
Want to help
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.
• Multi-cat enclosed playpen/cage
• Dog agility equipment set
Special Enrichment Items
• Training dog treats
• Soft dog treats
• Adaptil and feliway in spray bottle
• Feliway plug-in diffuser with refills
• Peanut butter
• 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
• 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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