While you can’t change an animal’s past, you can most certainly rewrite his future. If you know me, you know I am an animal lover and quite fond of saying that my rescue dog, Raji, rescued me just as much as I rescued him (jury is still out on my rescue cat who decided to “think” outside the litter box this morning). Because of this I have a huge place in my heart for our local Allen County SPCA. I was also quite shocked to find out that our local SPCA is in no way affiliated with the national SPCA. So while Sarah McLachlan’s sad song showcasing haunting puppy eyes in a depressing jail may move you to donate, this in no way helps out our local pets and their owners. Say what?! I made it my mission to see how I could help our local pets, because I am all about helping our Fort Wayne community, including the four-legged members.
This coming Saturday, October 15th at 6 PM, the Allen County SPCA is presenting its first annual Growl at the Moon fundraising event at the Grand Wayne Center. It promises to be a spirited evening, filled with food, drink and a lively karaoke competition. I chatted with Executive Director, Jessica Henry, to find out more about the event and the organization it supports.
While the Allen County SPCA has several smaller fundraisers each year, this new event is on a grander scale. “We wanted to change things up this year, so we’re excited to introduce Growl at the Moon!” said Jessica. “To the best of our knowledge, nobody else on earth is doing anything quite like this. We think it’s going to be hilarious and entertaining, and what more could someone want from a fundraiser? And, of course, I think it’s the best cause in town, but I may be slightly biased.”
Just how has the Allen County SPCA impacted our community? They are currently on track to find homes for nearly 3,000 pets in 2016. According to Jessica, this is a whopping increase of 500% from five years ago! The majority of their adoptable animals come to them from their coalition partners at the Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, so when you adopt from them, you are saving the lives of our community’s most vulnerable animals – a pretty amazing cause indeed!
“In addition to pet adoption, we operate the region’s only social service program designed to assist pets and their people,” Jessica stated proudly. “From a weekly pet food bank to free spay/neuter and vaccines, we’re out there every day trying to help pets and the families who love them.” In addition to these wonderful programs, they also offer Compassion Fostering, which provides temporary care for pets of those who may suffer health crises, need to escape a difficult domestic situation or encounter job or housing interruption. While Jessica and her team at the Allen County SPCA are out helping our local animals and their families, how can we help them? Come on down and Growl at the Moon! How much does it cost to save an animal’s life? You can get it for a song – literally!
This casual and light-hearted fundraising event will feature multiple food buffets, live and silent auctions, as well as a DJ providing music for those wanting to sing their hearts out for the Allen County SPCA! Don’t want to sing? No worries, have the professional back up singers pitch in with an assist, make someone else (your boss, maybe?) do the dirty work, or sit back and enjoy everyone else’s karaoke moves while you sip on your complimentary cocktails! Or better yet, bid on some fantastic auction items like a trip to Cabo, flight lessons with Sweet Aviation, tickets to see Hamilton in Chicago, and much, much more.
With your generous support, the Allen County SPCA can move its mission forward. Find out more about the event and purchase you tickets here. See you…(or HEAR you).. there!