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I promise to do my best to help animals in my community. I will show respect toward all animals and will try to help make the world a better place for them. I will make responsible choices in caring for my own pets and in dealing with wildlife. I will try to share what I learn about animals from the Allen County SPCA to help teach others in my community.
Ways to Help the Allen County SPCA
Is your birthday coming up?
Ask your friends to bring a gift for our dogs and cats to your party! They can bring food or toys for our homeless cats and dogs.
Who has change for a dollar?
Ask your friends and family to collect their spare change in a jar. At the end of the month you can gather all the change to help our pets!
Special Birthday Kids
Ziggy and Leetah
Twins, Ziggy and Leetah, really wanted to help animals, so when their birthday arrived on October 20th, they asked for donations to the shelter pets instead of birthday presents. Most of their friends gave Ziggy and Leetah $7 in honor of their 7th birthday. Their parents decided to match all of the money Ziggy and Leetah collected, and they presented the shelter with a wonderful donation. Thank you Ziggy and Leetah!
Evan asked his friends to donate to the Allen County SPCA for his
6th birthday. Using our online wishlist, Evan and his friends made it feel like Christmas at the shelter! Thank you, Evan! Our cats and dogs appreciate you!
Taylor is just eight years old, but she has already dedicated herself to animals! In honor of her birthday, Taylor (who has one dog and one cat at home) asked everyone she knew to support the homeless cats and dogs at our shelter. Taylor made signs to display at school and at her mom’s workplace, and everyone helped celebrate Taylor by donating presents to the Allen County SPCA. Then, on her big day, she and a few friends delivered all of the presents and donations to the shelter and even volunteered for a few hours! When asked why she wanted to donate to the shelter, Taylor replied, “The animals need help!” She is right. Homeless animals do need our help, and everyone is very grateful to Taylor and her friends and family for thinking of the cats and dogs at the Allen County SPCA.
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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