As we wrap up another successful, sold-out Pawject Runway, we would like to thank all of the generous attendees, corporate sponsors and silent auction donors who so graciously helped us raise more than $15,000 for The Allen County SPCA's Angel Fund! It is through your continued support that we can save thousands of dogs and cats each year.

We would also like to thank all of the volunteers, staff and committee members who helped make this event a success.

Congratulations and THANK YOU to all of the groomers who participated in the Allen County SPCA 2016 Pawject Runway with their amazing grooming skills!

Twinsies Runner Up:         Misty Stephan w/Maximus - Paw's-n-Claw's
Twinsies Winner:               Destini Shuller w/G.M. - Pawsitively Paradise Pet Resort
Colorworks Runner Up:     Misty Stephan w/Maximus - Paw's-n-Claw's
Colorworks Winner:           Holli Roslak w/Lucy - Pawsitively Paradise Pet Resort
Scissorworks Runner Up:  Danica Forbes w/Teddy - Pawsitively Paradise Pet Resort
Scissorworks Winner:        Misty Stephan w/Maximus - Paw's-n-Claw's
People's Choice Winner:   Candice Lewis - A Classical Touch

Here are just a few of the highlights of this year's
Pawject Runway event!


June 18 & 19, 2016 11:00am - 4 :00pm
Bringing pet lovers in our community a marketplace of pet and pet lover delights in addition to informational demonstrations and entertainment.
You can find more information about Pet Expo here. 

* Attend one of our free education sessions throughout both days!
* Learn why your dog behaves that way!
* Talk to groomers, vets and pet lovers!
* Pick up treats for your furry friends.
* $15 microchipping for your cat or dog! (while supplies last)
* Watch entertaining performances during both days.
* Adopt a new friend!
* Lots of free stuff for your pet!
* Much more in the planning stage!

What to do if you have lost or found a pet.

Losing a pet is something we all hope that we never have to experience. You panic... you don't know what to do, where to turn for help, or how to get them back home safely.

This video will help you to be prepared should you either lose a beloved four-legged family member, or be lucky enough to find another family's lost pet.

It will answer many of the questions you might have about lost pets and provide useful tips on keeping your pet safe at home.

Adoptable Petsadoptables

Arlene is a 2 year old, spayed female domestic shorthair mix.

Hello! My name is Arlene. I was born under the shelters care in a foster home. I had three other male siblings that found homes. I'm so excited it is my turn to find my forever home. My foster says I am a sweet girl. As I am a young kitten I will need to keep myself busy with toys and play time. If you consider taking home a kitten like me, you will need to provide many scratching posts to keep my scratching to a healthy minimal. Declawing is not fun! If you are looking for a sweet kitten like me come into the shelter to meet me today!

Willie Nelson
Willie is a 1.5 year old black & tan Coonhound mix.

Hello! My name is Willie Nelson, and I hale from Huxley, Iowa and the Mid American Rottweiler Rescue. You might find it interesting that I was in a Rottweiler rescue when I'm actually a Coonhound (folks don't look for a Coonhound at a Rottweiler rescue!). So, I got "on the road again" and came to the Allen County SPCA. At a year and a half, I still play like a puppy; I've been described as "very happy" and "bouncy." That means I would strongly benefit from taking an obedience class with you. I would probably get along with other dogs and older children (I weigh almost 70 lbs.!), but I would have to meet them first to be sure.  

Visit our web site to see more of the Allen County SPCA's adoptable cats and dogs!
            I wish I could watch more TV. My schedule and kids and general requirements outside of work make that a tall order, but I really wish I could. The present age of television is second-to-none, and most of the modern shows that have broken out are so well-written and done that it's hard not to want to watch more. (My wife and I really enjoy Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Longmire, and a few others.) But, to watch TV means you also have to see commercials.
            Dog food commercials are also second-to-none in the modern age in the way that they make you think they are teaching you something while really giving you little useful information. Nutrition is a passion of mine and something I have spent a lot of time learning about and researching, so I can view these commercials with a critical eye that most can't, which is what they rely on. In fairness, I guess all advertising relies on us not paying much attention. So, when I see a commercial or come across an article online, my response is often much different than what they intended. (And, like anything, it probably goes without saying that far more dangerous, misleading or outright incorrect information is available online regarding animal nutrition than anywhere else.)
            So, I want to address a few common misconceptions about pet food this month and next so all of us can make slightly more informed decisions. Advertisers and well-meaning internet types love to prey on emotion or what we "feel is best". But, sadly, that does not generally equate to either true, helpful or without harm. Therefore, the information I am providing is what we know medically and scientifically about foods and nutrition. Information to the contrary, without significant future evidence, is therefore highly unlikely to be true, no matter how good it sounds. And, as always, I strongly encourage you to talk to your veterinarian about the appropriate diets and nutritional needs of your pet, as these can vary from patient to patient.
            The first question many people probably ask is: What makes a great food? Answering that is very patient dependent, but presuming no medical issues that might radically change our dietary needs, there are a number of things I look for. First, and foremost, I look for food from companies that produce a great deal of clinical nutritional and general scientific nutritional research. I want to know they "put their money where their mouth is." Your veterinarian can discuss this with you and tell you who these companies are so that you can make a more informed decision. Most companies do very little research, if any. I can certainly say that the majority of the companies that do the most advertising do the least - and often absolutely zero - scientific research. This makes believing their claims difficult. Also, I like companies that put their food through feeding trials. You would think all foods do this, but very few companies spend the money to do this. This simply means the food was fed for an approximately six month period to a live test colony of animals, who are monitored, to make sure the food is acceptable and that they do well on it. The way to find this out is simple: Look at the AAFCO statement on the food bag. It will usually open with one of two lines: "This food has been formulated..." or "Animal feeding trials have demonstrated..." The latter is what you want. The first simply means they showed via computer models that the food meets minimum nutritional standards, but did not ever have to verify that by feeding it to live animals. Beyond that, most of the other decisions are based on patient need.
            Grain free foods are the new fad, and the rest of what we will talk about this month. I am hard pressed to think of two words that have become a bigger part of modern animal nutrition, for better or worse, in recent history. Just about every company in the world has a food that is "grain free", including the companies that do the most, and best, scientific nutritional research. Unfortunately, they are simply responding to customer desire for what is little more than a fad, as these words have essentially no scientific merit. There are numerous reasons why people felt this was needed and companies utilized this to sell product, but I will only focus on the two most common 'scientific' arguments people make to justify it, and why they do not hold up.
The first argument is one I often call the 'evolutionary' argument. People state that wolves and other wild dogs do not eat grains, so our dogs - who are descended from them - should not either. The first part is true: wild dogs eat mostly other animals and fruits and do not take in much in the way of grains as part of their diet. Yet, there are problems with the rest of this argument. One is simple: Your dog is not a wolf. Dogs evolved next to humans for eons because we are similar in many ways, and help bolster each other's weaknesses (they hear and smell better, while we are smarter and able to process more information). This means that these dogs that became our modern companion dogs ate what we as people ate. This included grains. So, to base your pet dog's nutrition on animals they are only distantly related to and that often die at a much younger age in the wild with less access to regular, balanced nutrition is a poor decision. More importantly, the scientific journal Nature put the argument to bed completely. They studied the DNA of modern dogs and wild dogs (like wolves). And, it was no surprise they found differences. But do you know what a prevailing difference was? Modern dogs have evolved the mechanisms to digest grains completely and to utilize their nutrients well. Wolves still don't have those tools, because they didn't share that evolutionary path.
The other argument is the 'salivary amylase' argument. So, what the heck is salivary amylase? Amylase helps break down starches. It exists two places in many species: the saliva and the pancreas. But, dogs do not have it in their saliva (yet, their pancreas makes it just fine.) Some argue that because dogs do not have amylase in their saliva, it is proof that they weren't meant to eat grains (they never seem to explain why they still have it in their pancreas.) Again, the statement that they lack this in the saliva is true. The problem is that doesn't tell the whole story. Think about how you eat. You take a bite, chew it, take your time, and swallow. Your amylase gets tons of 'contact time' with what you are eating to help that initial breakdown of starch begin. Now, think about how your dog probably eats. Statistically, the average dog eats a cup of food in 60 seconds. Quite frankly, they do not keep food a morsel of food in their mouth long enough for that amylase to have any time to work. That's why they never evolved amylase in their saliva. It's just unnecessary.
Next month, we'll cover a few other 'hot topics' in animal nutrition and help split up fact from fiction. In the meantime, I hope you all have a pleasant beginning to Spring and we can all get a little more time to catch up on our shows.

Dr. Brandon Stapleton
Managing Doctor/Medical Director
Upcoming Events events
PETCO Community Outreach
315 Coliseum Blvd E
Saturday, April 2, 2016
11 AM - 1 PM
See who's available for adoption!

BIG Adoption Event
April 9, 2016
noon - 4 PM
1760 Apple Glen Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Allen County SPCA
Annual Member Meeting
April 20, 2016
Downtown Public Library, Meeting Room C

PETCO Community Outreach
315 Coliseum Blvd E
Saturday, May 7, 2016
11 AM - 1 PM
See who's available for adoption!

The Allen County SPCA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has been providing shelter to northeast Indiana's homeless cats and dogs for over 60 years. Our mission is to promote the prevention of cruelty to animals by providing a safe haven for animals, an effective and comprehensive adoption program, education and outreach programs for the community and deep and broad membership and volunteer programs.

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4914 S. Hanna Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46806