Celebrate Adopt a Cat Month with the Allen County SPCA
Jun05

Celebrate Adopt a Cat Month with the Allen County SPCA

Happy June, everyone! While you are probably excited to spend your weekends at the lake and hit every festival at Headwaters Park, I am happy to celebrate Adopt a Cat Month with the Allen County SPCA! I know we all see those heart wrenching ASPCA commercials with Sarah McLaughlin and just want to turn the channel because we think malnourished animals and the world’s lack of good pet care just isn’t our problem, but trust me, you want it to be. Just one day at a shelter can melt even the coldest heart. Owning a pet isn’t like listening like listening to “In the Arms of an Angel” on repeat. I would compare it more to “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. Pet ownership, especially owning a cat when they are chasing a laser pointer on you feet, is incredibly rewarding and entertaining. As a lifetime cat owner and current cat mom of shelter kitties Jacob (from the Marshall County Humane Society and pictured below) and Amber (from the Howard County Humane Society and pictured below), I can tell you countless stories of how my cats have saved me more than I saved them. Whether they are making me laugh when I am sad or cuddling me when I am sick, the unconditional love that you get from a cat is one that can’t compare to any other feeling on earth. That being said, the Allen County SPCA has some paws-itivly amazing reasons to adopt a shelter cat right now, just in time for Adopt a Cat Month! You just can’t say no to faces like this! Meet Alannis. This beautiful calico is our featured resident at the Allen County SPCA. Not only is she adorable and extremely photogenic, but she is very much in need of a fur-ever home! If you are interested in Alannis, visit the ASPCA’s website or visit them in person at 4914 Hanna St, Fort Wayne, IN 46806. I had the chance to see Alannis in person and I had to fight my urges to hand them my debit card and take her home. Even with a flamepoint (red point) Siamese named Doctor Stud in residence (just like my Jacob), I really believe that Alannis is just the prettiest face around. The Allen County SPCA is currently participating in the Jackson Galaxy Cat Pawsitive project! You may be wondering what does that mean and who is Jackson Galaxy? First off, Jackson Galaxy is a popular cat behaviorist best known for his TV show My Cat From Hell on the Animal Planet. In order to help cats become more adoptable and feel more comfortable in a...

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Let Your Inner pARTY Animal Out for the Allen County SPCA
Sep06

Let Your Inner pARTY Animal Out for the Allen County SPCA

If you’re the person who makes friends with the host’s dog during social gatherings, snap on your party hats. Fort Wayne HeART of the City and the Allen County SPCA present pARTY Animal, an art social event to benefit the Allen County SPCA. pARTY Animal (you gotta love that play on words) will take place on September 22 at 4pm–10pm at 125 W. Main Street, just two doors down from Coney Island. I spoke with Executive Director of the SPCA, Jessica Henry, to find out more unique fundraiser.   pARTY Animal is the first art-related event for the Allen County SPCA, and there’s plenty to look forward to at this inaugural happening. An art gallery by local artists will displayed and available for purchase; part of the proceeds from each purchase will benefit the Allen County SPCA. Live painters will create animal-themed paintings (available for auction), local musicians will be performing, and raffles will be held throughout the night. Plus, you can meet cats and dogs that are adoptable at a later date. Emcee Amber Stone of SUNNY 103.9 will host this fun night, and delicious pizza and beverages will be available for purchase by 816 Pint & Slice.   For $5 donation at the door, you can help support the Allen County SPCA and their mission to find animals’ fur-ever homes. A $20 VIP package can be purchased online and includes admission for one, one drink ticket, and exclusive rooftop access throughout the evening. Availability is limited. If you’re unfamiliar with the location, that’s because it’s a privately owned building that has been completely renovated. “It’s a unique opportunity for a sneak peek inside a place that’s not open to the public,” said Jessica.   The Allen County SPCA is the only nonprofit animal shelter in the area, and they’ve been working hard to save as many animals as they can. Jessica said, “In 2016, we homed over 2,700 animals. As a nonprofit, we rely on donations. Without the community, we couldn’t do it.” Thanks to the connection within the HeART of the City, this event will make even more possible for the organization. “This event is special in that it’s supporting local artists and animals. It serves a dual purpose. We are extremely grateful for all of the artists and their dedication to the event.”   Let your inner party animal out and support the local art and animals on September 22nd at pARTY Animal! VIP packages are available for purchase here. Check out the Facebook event page for updates on the event as it...

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LaBella Flora Puts The ‘Girl’ In Girly
Feb11

LaBella Flora Puts The ‘Girl’ In Girly

Little girls, little girls…anybody who either has one or was one knows how special they are. Some are soft and sweet, some are smart and naughty. Some are playful and carefree, yet others are thoughtful and shy. For more than 10 years, there has been a place to adorn these unique little princesses with clothing as precious and special as they are. This place is LaBella Flora Children’s Boutique. You may not have heard of LaBella Flora, they’ve been quietly running their mostly online business out of a quaint but chic little building on a country road in Auburn. But, there is something big going on behind the doors of that building. I had the pleasure of meeting Tisha Kruse, LaBella Flora’s Director of Marketing. She explained their beginning, “LaBella Flora started for the purpose of giving back.” Owner, LaDonna Felke is a strong advocate of adoption, and it was her love for children and the hope of saving those in need that turned LaBella Flora into what it is today. They donate 3% of their gross sales directly to orphanages around the world. By giving to these organizations, children are able to experience a family. In some cases, even children who would not otherwise be adopted find loving homes and people to care for them. Their giving doesn’t stop at donations either. LaDonna frequently travels to these locations and has adopted children of her own. In fact, LaBella Flora (meaning ‘beautiful flower’) is named after their youngest daughter, Savannah Flora. The details of their generosity and passion for the cause run deep. You can learn much more about how LaBella Flora gives back regularly by visiting this page on their website. Although locally LaBella Flora is a hidden gem, online they are continuously growing and becoming known for their long list of designers as well as customer service that is absolutely second-to-none. Just read a few of their testimonials and it will be hard to argue with the countless rave reviews from loyal customers nationally and internationally. Their list of designers is lengthy. But, you’ll find the trendiest styles from brands like Persnickety, Giggle Moon, Mustard Pie, Ooh La La and Mae Li Rose. Customers flock to LaBella Flora’s website for occasions like weddings, holidays, graduations, baptisms, even father/daughter dances. Even their swimsuits are in season with some at low sale prices. As LaBella Flora continued to grow, it became clear that their local market was missing out. So, within the past year they have opened their showroom to the public. Everything in the showroom is for sale. And, customers can pre-shop online and come into the store to pick...

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