Allen County SPCA hopes grant boosts cat adoptions


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- The Allen County SPCA has gotten a boost to its Name Your Feline Adoption Fee initiative.

The SPCA announced Thursday it has been awarded a $9,225 grant from Best Friends Animal Society. “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.”

The shelter has been asking 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,” said Henry.

In 2014, the Allen County SPCA said it found homes for more than 1,250 cats.

The Allen County SPCA participates in Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets Network, a program offering help and support to grassroots animal rescue groups. “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,” said Liz Finch, senior manager of Best Friends Animal Society Community Programs and Services.

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