June 18 & 19, 2016 11:00am - 4 :00pm
At the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. 
$5 Adults ~ $3 Seniors (60+) ~ $3 Children (under 5 free) ~ $1 Dogs & Cats*  
*Leashed, healthy spayed or neutered dogs & cats over the age of one with signed
release forms from our website or at the door. No retractable leashes allowed.
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.

* Dozens of pet-related vendors
* Tons of freebies including pet food samples, treats & more
* Hundreds of pets available for adoption
* Activities in the Kid's Area
* Attend one of our free education sessions throughout both days
* Learn why your dog behaves that way
* Talk to groomers, vets and pet lovers
* $15 microchipping for your cat or dog (while supplies last)
* And much, much more

Here are a few highlights from last year's Pet Expo!

We are your local, nonprofit animal shelter. This is who we are. THIS is what we do.  
This Mother's Day, we were blown away to receive this message:

"3 and a half years ago my lil girl was 2 and wouldn't quit talking about a puppy - of course her prince (her daddy) made this happen and brought her a puppy on valentine's day. We asked Lanna what she wanted to name her puppy n she told us 'sooga'. We only assumed that means 'sugar' - and it became her name. She has been a great dog with us and my daughter's VERY best friend.
Unfortunately, my baby girl's other best friend - her daddy - died this year. Things have been rough, but we've been doing. We've recently found ourselves in a position where we can't have Sugar where we are staying until we get a new place in a few weeks. We couldn't find anyone that could keep her, and I started to think we were gonna have to turn her in, all just because of a few weeks - that is until I got in contact with Kris at the acspca, and she turned everything around and has taken a load of stress from me I don't even think she knew that I had. I can't begin to explain the generosity of this place and the nice people I've met and their pure drive to help the animals in our community. I can't express our gratitude, and if you wanna help a great organization please consider the acspca y'all."

Sugar will be placed in temporary foster as a part of our Compassion Foster program. If you would like to become an integral part of keeping pets with their people, contact us. It is through your help, fueled by stories like this, that we can do what we do for animals and the people who love them

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National Adoption Weekend Tent Event
Join us this Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15 for the National Adoption Weekend Tent Event at PetSmart at 10260 Maysville Road.

From Noon-4:00 both days you can meet dozens of delightful adoptable dogs and cats that want to be a part of your forever home.

Joining us for this event with be other adoptables from Perfect Paws Pet Rescue and The Steuben County Humane Society!

Come early either day because these pets are adopted quickly!

We hope to see you there!

K9 Klassic

Join us for this year's K9 Klassic on Saturday June 4th!
It's one of the only 5K fun run/walks that let you bring your dog with you! 

Taking place at the beautiful Foster Park in Fort Wayne it is a perfect way to spend a great day at the park and help a great cause!

Check in is at 9am and the event begins at 10am at Pavilion #1.  All dogs must be current on shots to participate.
Every dog that brings their human receives a limited edition K9 Klassic Bandana.  You can choose to enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of Fort Wayne's most beautiful parks or, if you're feeling adventurous, participate in the 5K Run with your human!  Either way it will be a fun day for all.
Don't worry, there will be plenty of watering stations throughout the route.
What are you waiting for?  Click HERE  for more information and to get registered today!  The fee is only $20 and a portion of proceeds go to the Allen County SPCA! 

What to do with your frightened dog

In part two of this two-part series we offer several helpful tips on what to do with your new puppy or old dog who may be frightened by loud noises or the vacuum cleaner.

There are several easy, at-home training methods to help your dog get acclimated to these noises and learn not to fear them.

With proper training and a little patience you dog will quickly become more confident, friendly and social.

Adoptable Petsadoptables


Alec is an orange, medium-sized, two year-old Domestic Shorthair mix

Hi, I'm a soft and furry 2 year-old lap cat who would love to keep you company. 
I'm friendly and affectionate, like to be around people, and love to be petted.
I have a curious, playful nature and enjoy playing with toys.
If I'm what you're looking for in a cat please visit me at The Allen County SPCA Cat Colony #2. 

Blue is a 2 year-old, 74 pound Terrier, American Pit Bull/Mix.

I'll give you one guess on how I got the name "Blue". I am an owner surrender. I have some skin issues, and my family could no longer take care of me. So, I've come back to the ACSPCA, where they have gotten me better and now I'm ready to find my forever home. I'm a really laid-back guy who would probably do well with children and other animals, pending an interaction. I will need to be on a special diet, and my new family needs to have a goodstanding relationship (or be willing to commit) with a vet.

So, I'll keep my ears up, waiting for you to come visit me at The Allen County SPCA.

Visit our web site to see more of the Allen County SPCA's adoptable cats and dogs!
            Janet was clearly concerned when she brought Adidas in to see me. Adidas was normally a happy, bounding 6-year-old Labrador Retriever that ran to greet everyone. But, three days ago, that had abruptly stopped. She had watched Adidas trot around the yard when suddenly he yelped and held his right rear leg up. She ran out to him and checked where he had been to make sure there were no holes he had stepped in or things on the ground. When she was satisfied that he hadn't injured himself in an obvious was, she took him in and let him rest. Unfortunately, things did not improve. He still wasn't using that right rear leg when he walked in to see me except for occasionally trying to touch his toes to the ground. You could tell he hurt. She was worried that something was broken and, in truth, she was right. Something did break. It just wasn't a bone.
            You may have heard of the injury we uncovered in Adidas by a different name in people, especially if you are a sports fan. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a crucial ligament in the knee that keeps it stable, especially from drawer motion - i.e. moving inappropriately forwards and backwards. Because dogs stand on four legs and not upright on two, it gets a slightly different directional name in dogs compared to us, but it's the same ligament: the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). This is what Adidas had broken.
            In medium to large breed dogs, especially those that are overweight and middle-aged to older, this is a fairly common orthopedic injury (it happens in small dogs, just not often). In people, this is very often traumatic. Sports fans probably think about a football player getting clipped running downfield who then ends up with an ACL tear. In dogs, though, this is usually a 'wear-and-tear' injury. The ligament just gets strained over time until, usually during relatively normal activity, it just can't do its job anymore and gives way, tearing partially or completely. (This is why overweight dogs, who have more 'wear-and-tear', suffer from this more). This is definitely a painful injury and can lead to many short and long-term changes in the knee, especially if not addressed appropriately.
            Generally, this is a surgical fix. There are many variations of the surgery, and a big factor in which options are available is the size of the dog. We recommend surgery early for two primary reasons. First, if not done, even if the dog retains some use of the leg, those chronic changes can easily lead to a chronic pain state that is not healthy for the dog. Second, we know that statistically within two years of the one side rupturing, there is a 50% chance of the other side also rupturing. If the first side is not stabilized and healthy by that time, this can become very difficult for the dog, since they do not have any truly good, stable knees to stand on.
            Adidas got surgery and did well. Unfortunately, almost one year to the day of the first injury, Adidas' other knee gave way and he needed surgery on that one as well. But, as a result of the early intervention, successful surgery and post-op rehab, Adidas is thriving today.
            In small dogs, we see another common knee problem far more than we do in big dogs. Just as CCL injuries are far more likely in big dogs, a medial luxation of the patella (MLP) is far more common in small dogs. We can notice it at almost any age.
            The patella is the "kneecap". It sits in a small 'valley' at the end of the femur (the thigh bone) and is held in place by four tendons that branch out from it like a giant "plus" sign. Many small dogs are born with a 'valley' that is too shallow and/or tendons that are not as stable or strong. Because of this, the knee-cap may start to fall out of place, or dislocate (this is called luxation). While it can go to the outside of the leg (called a lateral luxation), it most commonly goes towards the inside (or, the medial direction), which is where it gets its name.
            This disease has four grades depending on how easily the patella can be luxated. Any degree of MLP predisposes that knee to developing arthritis more than if it did not have an MLP. This will usually happen years down the road. Some dogs will develop regular lameness issues from this disease. That is why dogs with somewhat regular lameness or high-grade disease may need surgery to repair this problem as well (typically, this involves deepening the 'valley' to give the patella a better place to sit.)
            Next month, Dr. Hendrickson will join us again to discuss another common feline problem. After that, I'll be back to discuss the single most common orthopedic problem in dogs: arthritis.
            I hope you have a good summer, and I'll be back in July.

Dr. Brandon Stapleton
Managing Doctor/Medical Director

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Jessica Henry for winning The 2016 O'Daniel Excellence Award for Outstanding Customer Service! Presented by Randy O'Daniel on 5/9/16

Upcoming Events events
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend Tent Event
Saturday & Sunday May 14-15
Noon-4 PM
10260 Maysville Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Community Outreach Event
Friday, May 20, 2016
3 PM - 5 PM
Winchester Woods Apartments
2008 Woodhaven Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46819

Community Outreach Event
Friday, May 20, 2016
3 PM - 5 PM
Winchester Woods Apartments
2008 Woodhaven Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46819

Barr Street Market
302 E. Berry St.
May 21, 2016
9 AM - noon
See who's available for adoption!

Community Outreach at Atrium Village
1225 W. Wallen Rd. Fort Wayne, IN
May 27, 2016
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
See who's available for adoption!

K-9 Klassic 5K Run/Walk
June 4th, 2016
9:00 AM
Foster Park, Fort Wayne

PETCO Community Outreach
315 Coliseum Blvd E
Saturday, June 4, 2016
11 AM - 1 PM
See who's available for adoption!

Barr Street Market
302 E. Berry St.
June 11, 2016
9 AM - noon
See who's available for adoption!

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
4000 Parnell Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Saturday & Sunday, June 18-19
11 AM - 4 PM

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.

Allen County SPCA | 260-744-0454 | |
At Hanna & Pettit
4914 S. Hanna Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46806