Humane Fort Wayne operates entirely on the generosity of animal lovers in our community. Humane Fort Wayne is a no-kill shelter! Humane Fort Wayne is 100% donor-funded.
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Who We Are



Everything we do—from adoption and retention programs to clinic services, community outreach and education—stems from our core value, love. We believe when pets have safe and loving homes, they thrive. And with their loving companionship, so do we.

We’re for people. We’re for pets. We’re for Love, Unleashed.

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From adoption and pet retention programs, to spay/neuter and wellness services, to community outreach and education, we work tirelessly to prevent the incidence of euthanasia and to promote the happiness, safety, and well-being of pets and the people who love them.

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Our organization pushes the boundaries. We never say “good enough, is good enough” and we believe in continual education. We look for the best training so we can care for the animals of northeastern Indiana in the very best ways possible. Below are some of our core philosophies.

Fear Free Shelter 

Our staff is trained in and follows the Fear Free way of caring for every animal who is entrusted to us. We understand the importance of treating both a pet’s physical and mental well-being and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to do so.

Dogs Playing for Life

Fully trained in Dogs Playing for Life, our shelter utilizes proven playtime techniques to strengthen the quality of life of our shelter’s dogs. Many shelters do not have the ability to meet a dog’s physical and emotional needs, especially those dogs viewed as aggressive. At Humane Fort Wayne, we implement a hands-on approach that allows dogs time to play in groups every day! Thus, improving their interaction and communication with both other dogs and humans.

Cat Pawsitive

We’re an approved Jackson Galaxy Cat Pawsitive Pro (CPP) shelter and we 
are raising pawsitively happier cats! That means we use a training approach that helps shy, scared and overly exuberant cats in shelters become their 
most lovable selves in order to find forever homes. Our staff is trained in this signature program that uses positive reinforcement, so our cats are happy, loveable and adoptable.

Shelter Receiving

Humane Fort Wayne is working to match pets and owners all across Allen County. In partnership with the ASPCA, we are a receiving shelter for the transport of dogs to Fort Wayne from overpopulated shelters around the country. Because of this program, dogs from all over the United States find their forever homes with our community.


Leadership & Coordinators

Jessica Henry
Executive Director
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Tanya Gallo
Clinic Operations Manager
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Stephanie Tippmann
Animal Care Manager
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Kris Brandt
Adoptions & Foster Manager
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Melissa Gibson
Community Relations Manager
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Kimi Eckman
Executive Assistant
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Ashley Price
Marketing Coordinator
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Melissa Osborn
Pet Promises & Community Outreach Coordinator
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Dani Wagner
Volunteer Development Coordinator
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Emily Gage
Community Cat Coordinator
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Beth Squires
Development Manager
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Jeff Brachmann
Canine Behavior Manager
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Christien Pozorski
Administrative Assistant
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Dr. Ericka Bates
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Carol Fretz
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Kendra Oglesby
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Sam Gamble
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Board of Directors

Kathryn Roudebush

Terah Brogan

Patrick Davis

Patt Kite

Melissa McKown
Vice Chair

Patrick Buesching

Kathleen Smith

Mike McCartin

Lona Pritchard

Ryan Cassedy

Erika Halliwill

Karen Potter

Reneta Thurairatnam

Julie Chao, MD

Michelle Hipskind

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Hours & Locations

4914 S. Hanna Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806
Phone: 260 744-0454

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday–Friday: 11AM–6PM
Saturday–Sunday: 11AM–4PM

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

Monday–Friday: 8AM–5PM
Saturday–Sunday: CLOSED