Working at the Allen County SPCA

Periodically, we have openings for various paid and volunteer positions. These positions are very rewarding for both animal lovers and the animals in our care. Check back, as the openings may change.


Current Available Positions

Marketing Coordinator

The Allen County SPCA is advancing the care and advocacy for the animals in our area by providing a safe haven and adoption center for stray and surrendered cats and dogs as well as programs designed to meet the needs of underserved pets in our community. Much of our work ensures that animals in our care are healthy and nurtured until they are placed in loving families to spend the remainder of their lives. The Allen County SPCA wants a partner to help advance the organization’s brand and build awareness of the organization while providing strategic thinking and creative prowess.

Position Description: At the Allen County SPCA, we need a part-time (20-28 hours per week) seasoned graphic designer or marketing professional with an impeccable eye for professional design and a grasp of the power of the written word. The Coordinator will be expected to produce and/or implement fully-branded, exacting designs while teaming with non-designers, meeting the needs of our non-profit organization. Respect of deadlines and unique nonprofit needs are essential in this position. The Coordinator will assist in concept and design of marketing needs which includes, but not limited to internal communication documents, public relations tools, newsletters, direct mail campaigns and initiatives, special event marketing, TV, radio, outdoor and print campaigns as well as social media and web content and maintenance. Working with the Community Relations Manager, Executive Director, Graphic Artist, Board, Marketing Committee and Fund Development Committee, the individual will participate in long term marketing planning and implementation and will have a voice in setting the overall marketing direction and strategy for the organization - including assisting in setting objectives, tactics, timelines, budgets and activities to be pursued in each area of responsibility. Position Requirements A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Graphic Design or a related field with minimum of four years of experience in concept, design and implementation of marketing campaigns and public relations work is required. Excellent written, verbal and communication skills are a must. Candidate should also possess outstanding creativity and organizational skills, a strong familiarity with social networking websites and senior level skills in Microsoft/Adobe/Mac software suites. Basic photography and videography and editing skills are required. Individual must be prepared for participation in activities after work hours including committee meetings and special fundraising events as necessary. When necessary, aids in preparation of reports for board meetings and annual budgets for specific department needs.

• Nonprofit experience a plus, but not required

• Ability to work independently while adhering to deadlines

• Possess demonstrated experience in marketing, public relations including planning and management of projects and campaigns

• Possess strong written and oral communication skills

• Ability to lead, motivate and influence key organization individuals. Ability to form partnerships with stakeholders in the organization and work collaboratively towards solutions

• Ability to be a team player and understand the need to pitch in to help in areas other than one’s own discipline for the overall benefit of the organization.

• Able to think creatively and strategically, have excellent judgment and able to work in a changing environment

• A passion for animals, animal welfare and the Allen County SPCA's mission is a must

Position Requirements

• Hourly wages commensurate with experience

• Flexible hours and ability to work from home

• A hard-working, friendly environment of mutual respect

• The joy and satisfaction of helping hundreds of homeless dogs and cats in your community

Applicant Instructions

• Create a sample flier or newlsetter story using the Allen County SPCA's branding guidelines and one of the dog or cat pictured on the last page (or one of your own) to show off your copywriting and creative skills. Story content is at your discretion.

• Send your resume, cover letter and mock-up flier to

Volunteer Positions

We are looking for dedicated and positive individuals who love cats and dogs. You must be 18 years or older with a great attitude and openness to different tasks. Volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation, sign a waiver, and fill out a volunteer survey. If you are interested, call us at the shelter 260-744-0454, ext 204 or email

Volunteer Information
Volunteer Survey


Looking for Crazy Cat People

Do your friends call you the crazy cat person? Are you as finicky as a cat? And you're looking for a rewarding volunteer job, working 1-2 hour shifts to help homeless shelter cats? If you answered yes to these questions, our kitties need you!

The Allen County SPCA is looking for volunteers to tidy up our shelter cat room located at PetSmart in Apple Glen.

Shifts available from 7 am - 9 am:
• Tuesdays every week
• Thursdays every week
• 1st Saturday of every month
• 3rd Saturday of every month

We will train you on the job. If you are interested, call us at the shelter 260-744-0454, ext 204 or email


Interns Needed at the Shelter

The Allen County SPCA periodically looks for college interns to fulfill several areas at the shelter. Non-paid internships will be focused in one or both of the following areas:

• Medical – Hands-on experience in the medical treatment and oversight of the animals in our adoption program.

• Administration – Processing applications, making follow-up calls to adopters, and more.

Ready to apply? Please send resume with specific qualifications to: and place Intern Team in the subject line. You may also drop off a resume during adoption hours.

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 Needs
• 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

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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Kitty Hall
Friday, May 26
11 AM-1 PM
Citizens Square

Petco Adoption Event
June 3
11 AM-1 PM
315 E. Coliseum Blvd.

Volunteer Orientation
June 15
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Downtown Public Library
Click here to register.

Great Cat Takeover
June 17 & 18
12 noon-3 PM
Pet Supplies Plus
4714 Coldwater Road
Meet adoptable cats!

Northern Indiana Pet Expo
June 24 & 25, 2017
11 AM – 4 PM
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Fort Wayne, IN