Working Cats

Some cats just don't want to live inside our homes.

Mouser Cat

We are looking for cat lovers who have a barn or other secure outdoor structure and are interested in adopting cats that are not suitable for life inside of a house or are unhappy living inside. Cat temperaments range from feral to friendly. In partnership with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control and HOPE for Animals, this program is designed to find homes for cats that have traditionally been deemed un-adoptable through our “normal” adoption procedures.

For more information about our Working Cat Program, please click here to download our PDF about the program.

Ready to apply? Download our Working Cat Application in Word format and type in the fields or print it out and send back to us.

Working cats benefit their caretakers! Supporting a working cat is the safest way to control the rodent population in your barn. There are no poisons for children and pets to get into and no need to set nasty traps. They will help keep rodents away from grain and food storage areas, and you'll enjoy watching the cats as well as have the satisfaction of giving them a much-needed home! Consider adopting a working cat. We will assist you while the cats settle into their new home.

Due to the nature of the program, we may not have suitable cats available immediately, but will try to fill your request as soon as possible. We will maintain a waiting list, as the number of cats available as candidates for the Working Cat Program will fluctuate. Filling out an application is the first step to adopting. An ACSPCA staff member or volunteer will contact you. A visit to the proposed location to ensure it will provide suitable shelter is optional. When we have Working Cats for you, you will be asked to sign an Adoption Contract.

Cats that are placed into our Working Cat Program fall under three main categories:

  • Cats whose litter box habits are not consistent enough to be inside only cats and/or who have lived or spent time outside per their previous owner
  • Cats who were found as strays and who may be too independent to appreciate living in a house
  • Cats who are shy/fearful of people and prefer the company of other cats and animals

We will not place cats who are best suited to be house pets as working cats and we won't place kittens under age 4 months as working cats, unless they are feral/semi-feral without hope of becoming socialized (this may be waived on a case-by-case basis). A minimum of TWO cats must be placed at the same location at the same time. We will determine if the cats can peacefully co-exist prior to placement.

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homeless animals?


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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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 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.