We ARE making a difference in the community!

At  H.O.P.E. for Animals   it is our MISSION to eliminate the preventable euthanasia of companion animals and community cats by providing
high-quality low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services, by supporting rescue and by promoting responsible pet ownership.

How We Help Pets & People In Need
"Extremely friendly staff! I definitely trust them with my pet's life. Definitely incredible people. Thank you guys for devoting your lives to the happiness and health of the less fortunate.
You're amazing. "
Stephanie K.
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Forever Young:
An Adult Tacky Prom
Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
Whether your prom night was back in the 70's, as recently as a few years ago, or maybe you never got to go...Relive the fun and laughter from one of the biggest nights of high school! Raise money for a great cause and make amazing memories at the same time! Start digging into the back of your closet and visit thrift stores now! As you assemble your prom outfits, keep in mind - the tackier the better!

More details and ticket information are coming soon!

Follow the event page for updates!

Interested in sponsoring the event? Contact Tyna at mreiter@hfafw.org.
Look what YOU made possible in 2019!

H.O.P.E. for Animals performed:

12,220 dog/cat spay/neuter surgeries
3,129 Community Cat surgeries
3,174 shelter dog/cat surgeries


H.O.P.E. for Animals provided:

17,654 vaccinations
5,410 microchips

In 2019 we averaged 50 surgeries performed per day (Monday-Friday)!

Thank you to everyone who used our services and made sure their loved pets stayed healthy in 2019!

Community Cat Updates starting Feb. 1st 2020
Effective February 1st 2020: Surgical capacity will be limited for Community Cat walk-in surgeries. Here is what you need to know:

  • We will only accept Community Cat walk-ins Monday - Wednesday
  • Caretakers will be limited to 2 Community Cat surgeries per day.
  • Cats must be in a hard/plastic cat carrier or live trap. Soft sided carriers and boxes will no longer be accepted. Trap rental is available at no cost to you.
  • Intake will be based upon daily surgical availability.
  • H.O.P.E. cannot guarantee Community Cat surgeries will be accepted or completed the same day.

For surgical availability updates, please check our  HOPE Community Cats Facebook page or call our Community Cat Hotline (260-440-8893).
CATS: A Broadway VIP Experience Benefitting H.O.P.E.
A VIP CATS experience benefitting H.O.P.E. for Animals!

VIP Tickets: $125 (Only 50 Tickets Available!)
Purchase tickets HERE!
Wednesday, May 6th 2020
Private Pre-Show Event starts at  6pm
CATS Broadway Show starts at  7:30pm

Your VIP ticket includes  Premium Seats  and a  Private Pre-Show event!
There will also be a  Private Post-Show Talk Back with Broadway Cast Members from CATS!

Your VIP Ticket also includes:
  • Hors D'oeuvres catered by Club Soda
  • Post-Show Talk Back with Broadway Cast Members
  • Cash Bar
  • 1 Drink Ticket
  • CATS Swag Bag
  • Autographed Playbill
Meet Gizmo: The Stowaway Kitten
One night last October our community cat coordinator returned from trapping a colony of outdoor cats for spay and neuter at H.O.P.E. for Animals. She unloaded the van and took all of the cats inside. When she returned to the van she could have sworn she heard a small meow sound coming from inside of the van. She searched the van for a loose cat but found nothing. She sat there for a few minutes but didn't hear another sound. She left a bowl of food and water just in case. 

The next morning she checked the bowl of food and it had clearly been disturbed by something. Just then she heard the faint meow again coming from the cab of the van.  Somehow a tiny 7 week old kitten had squeezed its way into the cab of the van.  She could see his pitiful, dirty little face peeking out from under the driver's seat. He must have jumped in to investigate the food the she used as bait while trapping his brothers and sisters the day before.  
This little stowaway was clearly in bad shape. He was filthy from head to toe, he was covered with fleas and his belly was extremely distended from intestinal parasites. He needed a little help. One of our compassionate staff members stepped up right away and offered to foster him back to health. She decided to name him Gizmo . After a few weeks with his foster family and receiving all of the medical care he needed, Gizmo was ready to be neutered and put into adoption.  He now lives in a loving forever home!  We are extremely grateful to all of the donors who contribute to H.O.P.E. for Animals' Community Cat Program You have enabled us to provide cats like Gizmo with spay/neuter services, dewormers and life-saving medications such as antibiotics.  We could not do any of this without your help
Thank you for your support!
Employee Spotlight: Dr. Fretz
Dr. Fretz is one of our DVMs (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) here at H.O.P.E. for Animals. She studied at IPFW (now Purdue Fort Wayne) and received her Bachelor's in Biology. She then went on to Purdue University where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Science. Dr. Fretz has been with H.O.P.E. for Animals since the very start, in 2010! We are beyond thankful to have such an amazing Doctor on our team!

Dr. Fretz excels at performing surgeries, as you probably imagined! Did you know, since Dr. Fretz has been here at H.O.P.E., she has performed over 50,000 surgeries?! Crazy, right?! With 3 doctors on board now, she performs on average 25-30 surgeries per day. On Wednesdays she takes a break from surgery and you can find her in our Wellness Clinic. Your pet is in the best of hands here at H.O.P.E. for Animals!

Dr. Fretz loves all animals, but cats are her passion! She says, "Cats are my passion because they are the 'underdogs'. They are one of the most misunderstood species." At home, she is a pet-mom to 2 adorable dogs, 8 indoor cats, and takes care of over 12 outdoor, feral cats! She also takes care of our office cat here at H.O.P.E., Sophia (the one in the photo!) She truly loves animals!

She is very much a family person. When she is not at H.O.P.E. you can find her spending quality time with her family. In the summer one of her favorite hobbies is gardening with her mom, sister and niece. She also loves to crochet and produces some amazing pieces!

We have so much appreciation for Dr. Fretz and we are beyond thankful that she is here with us at H.O.P.E.! She truly has made H.O.P.E. become what we are today! Thank you Dr. Fretz for everything you do!
Look how many animals we helped in December!
December 2019

H.O.P.E. for Animals provided:

826 spay/neuter surgeries
555 pets visited our Wellness Clinic

In 2019, H.O.P.E. performed 12,220 spay/neuter surgeries!

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Supporting H.O.P.E. for Animals has never been easier! Just shop at Kroger and scan your registered Kroger Plus Card!
Here's how to enroll:

2) Sign into your online account or create an account
3) Find and select H.O.P.E. for Animals and click "enroll"

Our Kroger code is JJ032



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Save the Dates
Memorial Coliseum - Feb. 27 - Mar. 1

Memorial Coliseum - Mar. 13

Purdue Fort Wayne - Apr. 24

Fort Wayne Turners - May 2

Embassy Theatre Fort Wayne - May 6

Headwaters Park - Jul. 25

1 0 Year Anniversary Gala
Parkview Mirro Center - Sep. 19

Interested in sponsoring an event?
Send an email to mreiter@hfafw.org
Donate Today!
H.O.P.E. for Animals is a 501c3 nonprofit. We rely on donations and grants to operate. With support from friends like you we are able to help thousands of families and pets each month.

Please consider making a gift today. Learn More
We are proud to share with our supporters that we have partnered with the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne to form an endowment fund for H.O.P.E. for Animals. This fund will create an ongoing source of income for our organization so that we can continue our charitable work for many years to come.

Would you consider making a legacy gift to our cause? When you make a legacy gift you are demonstrating your commitment to our mission that is saving lives every day. H.O.P.E. for Animals is dedicated to working with donors who are considering, or who have made plans to leave a gift in their will, trust, or by beneficiary designation. Your gift can be made in honor or memory of a loved one or pet and deepens your commitment to improving the lives of animals in our community and surrounding communities. 

To learn more about legacy giving, please reach out to our
Executive Director, Allison Miller, at AMiller@hfafw.org.
Thank you for donating!

A donation was made in memory of:

Hilda M. Ansoine
~D. Ansoine

Don & Joan Goldner
~S. & R. Hultguist

Lavonne "Bonnie" Koop
~C. & M. Koop
~J. Hawkins
~W. & P. Kite
~J. Brown

Polly
~M. & J. Arata

Agnes
~C. Hodge

Lakota
~M. Vaughn

Poncho
~T. Gilliom

Sweetie & Lovey
~A. & C. Stefanski

Piglet (5/2005 - 11/2019)
~P. Behrens

A donation was made in honor of:

The Wonderful H.O.P.E. Staff
~S. Shilts

H.O.P.E. for Animals
~The Inpatient PPG Palliative Care Team

Donald Bussick
~K. Bussick

Patrick Buesching
~L. Macknick - Macknick Philanthropy Advisors, LLC

Libby Alter
~H. Hunter

Aaron & Ashley
~D. & T. Lilley

Angie Lord & Diana Faris
~M. Gross

Mary Huntley - for her positive outreach to the animal world
~B. Linden

Herky & Minne
~M. Hipskind

Harley
~L. Bodie



Our pets bring us unconditional love and joy in our lives. Consider making a gift in memory or honor of that special pet who means the world to you. With your gift your memorial or honor will be included in our monthly e-newsletter to share with everyone.
H.O.P.E. for Animals

1333 Maycrest Drive
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
Phone: 260-420-SPAY (7729)