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Community Cats Q & A

The directors for three agencies, the Allen County SPCA, H.O.P.E. for Animals and Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, have formed a
partnership, launching a Community Cats Program in Fort Wayne. With the passage of the new Animal Care & Control ordinance signed into law by Mayor Tom Henry, the new Community Cats Program went into effect August 18, 2014.

Q. What Is a Community Cat?

A. It is any outdoor, free-roaming cat that has been evaluated and sterilized by a
licensed veterinarian, ear tipped, vaccinated for rabies, microchipped,
documented with Animal Care & Control and released back into the area from
which it was captured.

Q. How Can I Be Sure My Cat Isn't Mistaken for a Community Cat?

A. The best protection is to keep your cats inside and use proper identification in the form of a city pet registration tag and a pet microchip. Make sure you keep your pet's identification up to date and reflective of your current home address. Should you move, contact our Department to update your information. Should you give your pet away, transfer the microchip and registration information to the new owner of the animal. A cat that is found with proper identification will be held at the shelter for the normal hold period while we trace the identification and make every effort to notify the owner that the lost pet has been found.

Q. What is a Community Cat Provider?

A. A person who provides food, water, shelter or otherwise cares for Community Cats and complies with Administrative Rules for Community Cat Providers. A person so identified shall not be considered the owner or harborer of a Community Cat.

Q. What is Ear Tipping?

A. It is the straight-line cutting of the tip of the left ear of a cat while it is anesthetized. This easily identifies the cat as a Community Cat.

Q. What is a Free-Roaming Cat?

A. Any cat not restrained and without acceptable identification.

Q. What are the Provisions of the Community Cat Program?

A. Free-roaming cats without acceptable identification which have been
impounded or trapped in the community may be deemed a potential Community
Cat by the Department of Animal Care & Control based on age, health, and
behavior. Such cats may be transferred to HOPE for Animals for services and
for reintegration back into the community or placement in a barn cat program
administrated by the Allen County SPCA. A cat identified as an existing
Community Cat may be immediately returned to the community and exempted from the legal hold period.

Q. What if a Community Cat Is a Nuisance in My Neighborhood?

A. Animal Care & Control may impound Community Cats which are public
nuisances, diseased, or not thriving due to loss of resources. The
department shall coordinate with partnering Animal Welfare Organizations
and/or veterinarians to offer resource information for establishing opportunities for Community Cats, Community Cat Providers, humane deterrents, and advice regarding Community Cat nuisances.

Q. What Is Required of a Community Cat Provider?

A. There isn't an application process, but you must comply with
Administrative Rules for Community Cat Providers to prevent nuisance
problems that could be reported for enforcement action.

1. Confine free roaming cats and arrange for surgical sterilization,
ear tipping, and vaccination for rabies by a licensed veterinarian,
microchipping and documentation of the foregoing with Animal Care &
Control prior to release back to the community;

2. Seek veterinary care at your own expense for a Community Cat which
appears to require medical attention for serious illness or injury;
aoordinate with an Animal Welfare Organization or the Department to arrange
for impound of the sick or injured cat for euthanasia.

3. Make reasonable effort to work with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control
or designated Animal Welfare Organization to resolve nuisance complaints
using humane deterrents and/or removal of Community Cats identified as a
public nuisance; and

4. Community Cat Providers found to be in violation or managing an excess number of Community Cats as determined by Animal Care & Control may have their Community Cat Provider designation revoked at the discretion of
the Department.

PongoIt shall be unlawful to provide food, water, or shelter to free roaming cats
in excess of thirty (30) days unless the provider presents acceptable
documentation showing implementation of the requirements of a Community Cat Provider.

For additional information call the HOPE Community Cat Hotline at
260-440-8893 or visit the Animal Care & Control website www.fwacc.org.

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Volunteers are the life force of the Allen County SPCA. They touch every aspect of our operations and provide the highest-quality care for our pets. This work enables us to magnify our impact and save more lives. By joining The Allen County SPCA team of dedicated volunteers, you’ll build strong relationships with other like-minded volunteers, the animal-loving community, and of course, the animals themselves.

• Volunteers are required to become members of our organization at a discounted rate of $15.00/year to help deter the costs of volunteer apparel and training. Membership dues are to be paid at orientation.

• Volunteers must commit to at least 6 months of volunteering with the Allen County SPCA.

• Volunteers must be able to complete at least 4 hours every 30 days with the Allen County SPCA.

• Volunteers must be willing to create a weekly or every other week schedule that fits their and the shelters needs.

• Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer without a parent or guardian present.

• Volunteers 12-15 years of age must have a parent or guardian present and actively volunteering alongside them. Parent or guardian is limited to 1 person, but may have up to 2 volunteers with them.

• Volunteers 18+ must have a valid form of photo ID

• Volunteers aged 16 - 17 must have a parent or guardian sign a volunteer release form.

• Volunteers must be able to communicate professionally, as human interaction is a requirement of all volunteer roles.

• Volunteer must read and comprehend detailed policy and protocol information, as well as being able to remember and follow shelter protocols.

• Volunteers must have regular access to an email account and be able to use simple software to log their volunteer hours

• Volunteers can be terminated if they do not abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the Allen County SPCA.

Ready to volunteer? Click here to fill out our online Volunteer Application.


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IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.


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 or click here for our full list.

• Kitty litter
• Cat & kitten food (wet or dry)
• Dog & puppy food (wet or dry)
Hill's Science Diet cat & dog food
• Puppy pads
• Box lids from copy paper cases (for disposable litter boxes)
• Canned tuna, sardines, or mackerel
• Feliway
• Paper towel tubes
• Egg cartons - prefer paper
Martingale collars (medium & large sizes)
Made in the USA rawhide chews & dog treats
Disposable cat scratchers
Heavy weight paper bowls
• Peanut butter
Lint rollers
Kuranda dog beds
Kuranda Vinyl cat perches
Screw on cage food & water bowls
• Copy paper
• Dish detergent
• 39 gal or larger trash bags
• Tall kitchen trash bags
• Paper towels
• Gift cards to PETCO, PetSmart, Pet Supplies Plus, & Green DogGoods

• Aluminum cans, cell phones, laptops, computer towers, iPods, ink jet cartridges (not toner)

* 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.



Corporate Partners

To join these companies in support of the Allen County SPCA email Melissa.

PetSmart Charities
Bob Subaru of Fort Wayne
Heritage Parts
Pawsitively Paradise Pet Resort
Bush's Best
McMahon's Best One
Stewart Brimner Peters Insurance
Kelli Southern State Farm
Digital Communications
Law's Country Kennel
Pond Champs
Office Concepts Inc.