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The Allen County SPCA is pleased to have received a grant from Best Friends Animal Society for its Name Your Feline Adoption Fee initiative to help homeless pets right here in Allen County.

The Allen County SPCA participates in Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets® Network, a program offering help and support to grassroots animal rescue groups saving lives in their communities.

“This grant means that we can add the Name Your Feline Adoption Fee initiative to our efforts this year to find forever homes for our rescued pets,” said Jessica Henry, shelter director. “Our goal will be to adopt out 206 felines in the first quarter of 2015 to loving families. We appreciate the support of Best Friends Animal Society in making Name Your Feline Adoption Fee possible.” Previously the nonprofit shelter had asked for $10 to adopt any cat in the program, which was a reduction from $70 in 2012. “Our hope is to spark even more interest in feline adoption, and we believe that adopters who are able to offer more than $10 will do so, but if they cannot, this grant will offset the impact to our bottom line.” In 2014, the Allen County SPCA found homes for more than 1,250 felines.

Liz Finch, senior manager of Best Friends’ Community Programs and Services, added, “This grant project definitely targets animals that are most at-risk to be euthanized and provides an innovative solution to save their lives in alignment with Best Friends’ determination to Save Them All®.”

Every day, approximately 9,000 pets are euthanized in shelters because they don’t have a home. Best Friends Animal Society and its No More Homeless Pets Network partners, such as the Allen County SPCA, are committed to saving them. This lifesaving grant is part of Best Friends Animal Society’s work to help Save Them All.

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.

About Best Friends Animal Society
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Together, we can Save Them All.

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