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Courtesy Allen County SPCA
Pierre is a 3-year-old neutered brindle Labrador retriever and boxer mix available for adoption from the shelter. Here is his bio: “They say I'm a ladies' man, and maybe they're right, as I do warm up a little more quickly to women. (My name is French, after all!) In all honesty, though, I'm usually not this forward. I can actually be a little shy at times, but once I get comfortable with people, I just want to be loved. Blame it on my genetics - I'm a mix of retriever, lab and boxer, all of which crave human affection. Another thing I love? Exercise. I know that's hard for a lot of people to understand, but even just walking is great way for me to get mental and physical stimulation. I do prefer to be the only dog in the home, but I promise I will always be loyal to you.”

Allen County SPCA sets adoption record

Statement as issued Thursday by the Fort Wayne shelter:

Fort Wayne, Ind., June 5, 2014 – The Allen County SPCA found homes for 206 cats and dogs during the month of May, resulting in a new record for the nonprofit animal shelter. Previously, the highest number of monthly adoptions was 168, set in November of 2013.

“We are thrilled to be reaching these kinds of results,” said Jessica Henry, shelter director. “Thanks to adoption and spay/neuter efforts, euthanasia rates in our community are on the decline,” Henry continued.

Henry believes many factors contributed to this success, including a more streamlined adoption process, reduced adoption fees for felines, and an increase in community awareness. One year ago, the May adoption count was just 65. “That is an impressive 217% increase from May of last year,” Henry continued.

“The statistics are important, but what’s most meaningful is that 206 once-homeless animals have now found forever families. Plus, all of these animals have been spayed or neutered to help reduce pet overpopulation in our community,” Henry stated.

The mission of the Allen County SPCA 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.

To adopt a shelter animal, visit us at 4914 S. Hanna Street on the corner of Hanna & Pettit or view all of our adoptable animals on our website at

The shelter is open Tuesday through Friday 11a.m. – 6p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon-4p.m.

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