Allen County SPCA Adoptions

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Madeline Phuong, Writer

For many, quarantine was the purr-fect opportunity to welcome a new furry friend to the family. Countless adopters found their match at the local nonprofit Allen County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), which is a limited intake, no-kill shelter that annually adopts out thousands of paw-some pets. Just as we adapted to a new world of social distancing and isolation, animal shelters adjusted with new processes for adoption. Allen County SPCA Marketing Coordinator Ashley Price provides insight into these changes in the adoption process.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have switched to Adoptions by Appointment, which has limited the number of people entering our shelter,” Price said. “However, comparing our numbers from this month to the same time last year, we are only short about 80 adoptions! Despite the new challenges, we have still been able to find homes for many animals at the Allen County SPCA!”
Last year, the shelter adopted out 2,412 pets and placed them into forever homes. As of late October, over 40 cats and 10 dogs are currently available for adoption at the Allen County SPCA.

The shelter often partners with other local businesses to promote its cause and expand its base of animal-loving supporters. During the month of October, Subaru of America, Inc. and Bob Rohrman Subaru of Fort Wayne donated $100 for every adoption, raising up to $3,100, as part of their #makeapetsday campaign. More recently, the Allen County SPCA and Bob Rohrman Subaru of Fort Wayne announced a sponsored raffle for the chance to win a 2020 Subaru Outback, with all proceeds going towards saving animals’ lives at the shelter.
“We are also merging with our friends at H.O.P.E. for Animals at the beginning of 2021. With so many changes going on in the world, and within our organization, the staff and volunteers have learned to be flexible and work together through these challenging times,” Price said.
Fur-tunately for those not ready to adopt, there are still a multitude of ways to support the shelter. Allen County SPCA members who are 12 years or older can volunteer weekly or every other week, with a minimum time commitment of four hours every month. One-time or monthly donations can also be made in memoriam or go to the Angel Fund, which “supports animals in critical need of care that goes beyond the standard that all animals receive at intake.” Everyday actions such as choosing the Allen County SPCA as a charity of choice when shopping with AmazonSmile or an online Kroger Rewards card also supports the shelter. Requested wishlist items like paper towels, pet food and treats are greatly appreciated as donations.
The hard work and optimism of staff and volunteers at the shelter allowed for pets to continue finding forever homes with adopting families. Homestead Spartan Allison Lantz (11), who adopted a Russian Blue shorthair cat named Sage from the Allen County SPCA, was one such adopter. After meeting a friend’s new kitten, Lantz decided to adopt one of her own. Knowing that there were many pet-tential shelter cats, Lantz’s family chose to adopt from the Allen County SPCA.
“It was a great experience. My dad and I went to the shelter in the afternoon and entered a room full of kittens! It was the cutest thing ever,” Lantz said. “We spent about an hour playing with all of them, trying to get to know them. We just were drawn to Sage and were so excited to bring her into our family.”