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.

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 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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Volunteer Orientation
January 18, 2018
5:30 6:45 PM
Allen County Public Library
Downtown Branch
900 Library Plaza
Meeting Room C
Click here to sign up.

Pawject Runway
February 24, 2018
6 PM Cocktail Hour
7 PM Runway Competition
Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne Hotel
Click here for details.

Northern Indiana Pet Expo
April 21 & 22
11 AM - 4 PM
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Click here for details.