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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We are happy to announce that the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry is joining the Humane Fort Wayne family!

We expect the transition to be complete in the upcoming months.

Since its inception in 2010, the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry has been providing no-cost pet food to neighbors in need in our community. In doing so, the organization has helped keep pets in loving homes while reducing shelter intakes and euthanasia.

The Pet Food Pantry will continue to offer all of the vital programs and services that the community has come to rely upon from its primary location at 2502 Church Street in Fort Wayne, and we hope to expand these operations and reach in the near future.

We are so excited to share this news with you and we will keep you updated as we continue to transition!

Humane Fort Wayne is excited to share that Lotus, a HFW alumni, graduated from K9 school on Friday December 3, 2021 and is now a working police dog for the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. After many long weeks of training, Lotus will be the Northwest Allen County Schools’ resource dog. Join us in congratulating Lotus on her huge accomplishment!

Humane Fort Wayne is proud to announce our Volunteer Development Coordinator, Dani Wagner, has officially received her certification as a Volunteer Administrator! This is a huge accomplishment for Dani as well as our organization. Her dedication to our mission and her leadership with our volunteers allows us to do everything that we can to help the pets and people of Fort Wayne. Please join us in congratulating Dani!

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Fort Wayne, IN (July 16, 2021) – Humane Fort Wayne’s LoveSeats unveiling will take place July 17th at 12:00 PM at Freimann Square, 201 E Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

On July 17th, Humane Fort Wayne, in partnership with Leadership Fort Wayne, Greater FW Inc., and Bob Rohrman Subaru of Fort Wayne, will be unveiling their LoveSeats public art project to the Fort Wayne community. 25 interactive pieces were created by area artists as a way to learn more about the lifesaving work of Humane Fort Wayne, and to share the joy of art in our beautiful downtown with your family and friends – furry ones included!

To tour all 25 LoveSeats, speak with the artists and sponsors behind the pieces, and learn a little more about Humane Fort Wayne, meet us in front of the United Arts Center at 12:00 PM.

For more information on the LoveSeats public art project, visit

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The Allen County SPCA and H.O.P.E. for Animals announced today that their organizations have been re-named collectively Humane Fort Wayne.
On January 1, 2021, the two organizations legally merged to become a single, nonprofit entity. To solidify the merger and establish a true joint identity, a team of staff and board leadership, community stakeholders and marketing professionals was chosen to evaluate and select a new name for the organization, and in the end chose Humane Fort Wayne, formally the Humane Society of Greater Fort Wayne.
“It’s a brand new day for animal welfare in Allen County and beyond,” said Executive Director, Jessica Henry. “Not only will our name change reduce confusion between us and others with a similar acronym, but, more importantly, it heralds a true union between our organizations and signals to our entire community that we are so much more than just pet adoption. We believe we are the future of animal welfare in northeast Indiana, and our new name – ‘Humane Fort Wayne’ – is symbolic of our new mission – all of us, working together for the good of animals and humans.”
While the name and look of Humane Fort Wayne is new, all of the programs that have been available for pets (and pet lovers) including adoption, pet retention assistance, low cost spay/neuter, veterinary wellness services and more will continue to be offered.
Additionally, Humane Fort Wayne will continue to operate out of two locations – the shelter (formerly Allen County SPCA), located at 4914 S. Hanna Street, and the clinic (formerly H.O.P.E. for Animals) located at 1333 Maycrest Drive.
Humane Fort Wayne is the city’s only 100% donor-funded, nonprofit animal shelter and low-cost clinic.
Jessica Henry said, “As our city’s oldest animal shelter, combined with our progressive low-cost clinic options and social programs for disadvantaged pets, we look forward to serving this community for decades to come.”


Frequently Asked Questions

With a tremendous amount of overlap in our missions, values, and strategic plans, and very little overlap in our programs and services, we determined that we are able to have an even more positive impact on pets and their owners by joining forces operationally and becoming a single organization. On January 1, 2021 we officially merged as a single, nonprofit entity.

To celebrate the merger of two organizations into one, new animal welfare institution, we adopted a new name and brand through a rigorous strategic process, including a team of staff and board members from each organization as well as key community members.

Nothing. The new organization will continue to offer all of the same services and programs offered before, in the same locations as before. Both locations will offer education and outreach programs and volunteer opportunities. The Clinic (1333 Maycrest Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46805) offers Low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, Low-cost Wellness Clinic services, and the Community Cat program. The Shelter (4914 S. Hanna Street, Fort Wayne, IN 4680) offers a Comprehensive pet adoption program, Pet Retention and Pet Surrender programs, Emergency and In-Home Service Pet Assistance programs, and the Working Cat program.

When Brenda lost her beloved 16 year old dog last January, she turned to the Allen County SPCA for help finding a new family member.

She immediately fell for Roxbury. The dog not only made an instant connection with Brenda, but also with her son, who has autism. All of us expected a lifetime off happiness for them.

Roxy was the perfect addition to the family!

But this summer, tragedy struck. A house fire left Brenda and her son temporarily homeless, with no place for Roxy. The family was devastated and terrified to lose their four-legged companion.

Thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities and our Compassion Foster Program, Roxy was able to stay with us here at the Allen County SPCA while her mom worked to rebuild her life.

In the meantime, our dedicated staff and volunteers gave Roxy all the love a pup could ask for! Brenda and her son visited regularly, always looking forward to the day they could bring Roxy home again.

With their home rebuilt, all they needed was a fence for Roxy. So a couple of weeks ago, several of our staff and volunteers took a Sunday to build the fence for her!

And just like that, this loving family was together again!

Click here to learn more about our Pet Promises and Compassion Foster programs.

Most of us get a little nervous the first day on the job, but not Boots!

Boots is excited to be the 500th feline hired through the Allen County SPCA’s Working Cat Program!

Working Cats are felines that are not suitable for life inside of a house or are accustomed to the outdoor life.

An alternative to euthanasia, the Working Cat Program is designed for cats that have been deemed “un-adoptable” through traditional means.

In partnership with Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control (FWACC) and H.O.P.E. for Animals, this program matches cats with cat lovers who have a barn or other secure outdoor structure and are interested in adopting a “working” feline for their property.

Boots’ story began when she was brought to FWACC from her long-time community cat colony with a severe injury to her back leg.

FWACC offered to treat the injury, update Boots’ vaccines and return her to the colony if there was a way she could recover safely there.

Sadly, there wasn’t. She’d have to remain at FWACC until she was well again. But Boots’ leg would need time to recover, and safely returning her to the colony she knew after a month-long absence wouldn’t be possible.

When her leg was fully healed, FWACC knew they needed to find a solution for Boots. So, they reached out to us to see if a Working Cat placement was available. Luckily for Boots, a local family just happened to be hiring!

September 9, 2020, Boots and two other feline colleagues were taken to their new “office” and started work right away!

It’s a new day in Fort Wayne, and Boots’ story illustrates that purrrrfectly!

Today, our area’s animal welfare community is working hard to ensure that lifesaving alternatives and opportunities are available for hundreds of animals like Boots who don’t fit the traditional adoption mold.

Thanks to YOU and the hundreds of Working Cat “employers” who saw the value in these felines, today we celebrate Boots and her 499 feline colleagues who are safe, happy, healthy and gainfully employed!

Learn more about our Working Cat program, or to apply to employ a Working Cat of your own!

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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
Click here for Walk-In Wellness Hours!