Humane Fort Wayne

We’re for people. We’re for pets. We’re for Love, Unleashed.

Fort Wayne, IN   |
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Humane Fort Wayne

EIN: 35-6042135


Humane Fort Wayne was created when Allen County SPCA (a shelter) and HOPE for Animals (Pet wellness and high volume spay and neuter) merged on 1.1.21. They now both share the same EIN 35-6042135. We now have 2 locations - The Clinic (formerly HOPE) is still located 1333 Maycrest Dr. Fort Wayne, IN and The Shelter (formerly AC SPCA) is still located at 4914 Hanna St., Fort Wayne, IN. Our Mission - From adoption and pet retention programs, to spay/neuter and wellness services, to community outreach and education, we work tirelessly to prevent the incidence of euthanasia and to promote the happiness, safety, and well-being of pets and the people who love them.

Notes from the nonprofit

As of January 1, 2021 HOPE for Animals and Allen County SPCA merged to become one organization -Humane Fort Wayne. Additionally, on 12/31/2021, Humane Fort Wayne acquired the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry. The combined organization now operates under the EIN that belonged to Allen County SPCA.

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Executive Director

Ms. Jessica J Henry

Main address

4914 S. Hanna Street

Fort Wayne, IN 46806 USA

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Formerly known as


Allen County SPCA



Subject area info

Animal welfare

Animal training

Veterinary medicine

Human-animal interactions

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Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

From adoption and pet retention programs, to spay/neuter and wellness services, to community outreach and education, we work tirelessly to prevent the incidence of euthanasia and to promote the happiness, safety, and well-being of pets and the people who love them.them.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Shelter

Located at the Hanna Street building.

The HFW intakes over 2500 animals per year, a significant increase from past figures. Each animal is assessed for health and aggression, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, microchipped, fed and well-cared for as they are prepared for adoption.

Population(s) Served

Located at the Hanna Street building.

The outreach program targets pet owners living in low income areas that coincide with high rates of intake at the shelters.

By going door to door and offering educational materials, food, collars and leashes at no cost and spay/neuter/vaccinations and microchips at highly subsidized prices, we have been able to directly target the most at risk pets and provide assistance on the spot. This program is funded by a public donations and grants

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Located at the Hanna Street building

Community Cats is a feral cat trap/neuter/release (TNR) program that identifies large "colonies" of free roaming cats and systematically sterilizes, vaccinates and microchips the cats, then releases them back to where they came from. The program is designed to reduce and eventually eliminate feral cats in our area through attrition instead of euthanasia. Parts of this program are partially underwritten by Petco Foundation, but much financial assistance is still needed for this program to have full impact.

Population(s) Served

Located at the Maycrest Drive building

Providing basic veterinary care for financially challenged pet owners with otherwise healthy pets. Services include vaccines, heartworm and FeLk testing, blood work, preventative dentistry, minor wound care, treatment of ear, skin or upper respiratory infections, and minor soft tissue surgery.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Located in the Maycrest Drive building.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work


Bright Ideas Award 2018

Michigan Humane Society

Affiliations & memberships

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 2013

Humane Society of the United States 2013

Society of Animal Welfare Administrators 2013

Great Lakes Animal Welfare Assoc. 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animal adoptions

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Animal Shelter

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Number of animals spayed and neutered

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Spay Neuter

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Number of pets seen in our Wellness Clinic

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Wellness Clinic

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Pounds of pet food distributed to families in need

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Pet Promises

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Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want to save as many adoptable animals' lives as possible.
1) Euthanasia of healthy animals has reached a crisis point in our country. We are tireless in our efforts to intake animals from crowded, high-risk shelters and prepare them for adoption.
2)To make an impact on the number of animals entering such shelters, and to reduce overpopulation, we sterilize r every animal.
3)To encourage a healthy start and reduce the spread of disease, we fully vaccinate the pets in our care.
4) We enrich the experience of the animals in our program by offering a holistic approach to their emotional well being during their stay. In the end, our adopters will have the opportunity to bring home a healthy and happy pet.
5)We aim to educate the community about the option to adopt, rather than purchase, family pets.
6) We operate programs that provide services to pets living in poverty to ensure that their needs are met, too. The goal is to keep pets in their homes and out of shelters.

We rely upon the expertise of other animal welfare professionals. We attend conferences, read timely materials, utilize the services of nationally-renown veterinarians, scour the latest research on animal welfare and stay abreast of the latest issues impacting our industry.

We utilize local media to spread awareness of our program and appear on television and radio to draw attention to our cause. We also partner with local businesses. They lend their financial support as well as offer us the opportunity to speak and educate about our programming.

We partner with local pet stores to offer off-site adoptions each and every week. This allows our animals to be seen and visited-with outside the shelter setting. It also offers a reciprocal relationship with these stores.

Finally, we collaborate with other animal welfare organizations and funders to ensure best practices are in place and that ALL animals, adoptable or owned, receive proper care and the chance at a better life.

We follow the Humane Society of the United States guidelines for shelter population. Because we utilize cat colonies as well as cage-banks and off-site feline adoption, we can house upwards of 70 felines. We can shelter approximately 30 dogs, depending on their size, at any given time. In total, approximately 100 animals are in various stages of the shelter adoption program.

To do so, we employ a professional staff with significant experience in animal husbandry. We are governed by a board committed at every level to our cause, and we receive national and local grant funding on a regular basis. Additionally, we are a member-based organization with 2,500 current members and over 50,000 followers on social media. These supporters ensure our capability to meet our goals annually.

At the start of 2021, the Allen County SPCA and HOPE for Animals merged to become Humane Fort Wayne, knowing that, together, we could do more to help our communitys pets and the people who love them. Then, at the beginning of 2022, Humane Fort Wayne made the decision to join forces with the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry to extend our reach even further and minimize duplication of services in our area.

Today, more than ever, we know that our organization is playing an integral role in the health and happiness of our community by increasing access to low-cost veterinary services, committing to help even more homeless dogs and cats, and operating the states most comprehensive social service delivery program for pets and their people.

Were innovative. Were necessary. Were life-affirming and life-saving.

Founded by volunteers more than 70 years ago, we are the oldest animal welfare organization in the region. Our adoption fees are reasonable, in an effort to save more lives. And now our surgical fees are even more equitable to prevent pet overpopulation. We are committed to serving as a comprehensive and trusted resource for pets and the people who love them, to ending animal homelessness, and to reducing euthanasia by our pledge to provide a safe haven for pets in our community and, simultaneously, offering a lifeline to their owners.

Our mission statement speaks to our desire to ensure that (with few exceptions) everyone, regardless of their financial lot in life, deserves the unconditional love of a pet. Especially in light of the state of the world, we know that pets provide a level of comfort that so many adults and children need when the world is upside down. They are often the first ones to greet us at the door when we come home; theyre there when we go to bed at night; and for an enormous percentage of the elderly and shut-in, theyre the only companions they have. And yet, in this country, we euthanize more than a million healthy, adoptable animals every year.

In 2023, our organization saw 1,997 pets find forever homes through adoption. We provided 13,593 spay/neuter surgeries to both the public and other animal shelters. We served 13,798 pets in our wellness clinic, providing pet owners with accessible, affordable care at a time when there is a shortage of veterinarians in our area and costs are skyrocketing. We also helped keep more than 500 families experiencing crisis or financial hardship together by offering services and resources ranging from weekly pet food distributions to months of compassionate foster care that ensured their beloved pets wouldnt have to face euthanasia in an open-intake shelter.

In 2024 we'll do even more. This summer, we're set to open the doors of a brand new facility at 901 Leesburg Road. The state-of-the-art building will more than double our capacity for shelter animals and allow us to do even more of the lifesaving our community needs!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Humane Fort Wayne
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 62.59 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 7.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Humane Fort Wayne

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Humane Fort Wayne’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$415,480 $496,009 $527,193 $2,430,966 -$420,543
As % of expenses -29.4% 34.9% 36.7% 72.3% -11.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$430,689 $483,606 $513,017 $2,379,003 -$475,380
As % of expenses -30.2% 33.7% 35.4% 69.7% -13.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,262,603 $2,956,826 $3,215,976 $4,249,639 $4,617,360
Total revenue, % change over prior year -1.4% 134.2% 8.8% 32.1% 8.7%
Program services revenue 16.0% 7.3% 5.8% 44.4% 38.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 7.7% 2.4% 2.6% 0.7% 0.7%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 4.5% 3.8% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 73.6% 88.7% 84.7% 48.8% 61.2%
Other revenue 2.6% 1.6% 2.4% 2.4% -0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,412,167 $1,421,662 $1,435,776 $3,360,128 $3,588,117
Total expenses, % change over prior year 9.9% 0.7% 1.0% 134.0% 6.8%
Personnel 52.4% 52.9% 62.2% 57.2% 60.5%
Professional fees 23.7% 16.3% 13.9% 23.3% 4.8%
Occupancy 1.7% 2.2% 2.9% 3.9% 4.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 22.2% 28.7% 21.0% 15.7% 30.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,427,376 $1,434,065 $1,449,952 $3,412,091 $3,642,954
One month of savings $117,681 $118,472 $119,648 $280,011 $299,010
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $243,496 $288,089 $887,225 $146,093
Total full costs (estimated) $1,545,057 $1,796,033 $1,857,689 $4,579,327 $4,088,057

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.9 10.7 13.8 15.7 17.1
Months of cash and investments 16.5 27.7 33.0 21.3 21.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 13.7 15.8 17.6 13.0 10.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $227,086 $1,267,428 $1,645,828 $4,397,352 $5,114,782
Investments $1,711,321 $2,009,125 $2,302,189 $1,562,938 $1,359,581
Receivables $7,975 $236,054 $1,259,166 $1,173,945 $1,405,149
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $332,681 $576,177 $864,265 $2,018,932 $2,165,024
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 80.8% 48.8% 34.2% 30.5% 30.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.9% 1.4% 0.5% 1.8% 3.0%
Unrestricted net assets $1,679,153 $2,162,759 $2,675,776 $5,054,779 $4,579,399
Temporarily restricted net assets $299,068 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $299,068 $1,599,065 $3,072,856 $3,427,122 $4,664,919
Total net assets $1,978,221 $3,761,824 $5,748,632 $8,481,901 $9,244,318

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Jessica J Henry

Jessica has been the Executive Director since 2012 and spent many years in animal welfare as a volunteer prior to assuming her current role. Her past professional positions include commercial real estate development, civil and nonprofit service. She is dedicated to making the world a safer place for homeless animals and is a mission-driven professional. She holds a BA in communications from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN.

Number of employees

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Humane Fort Wayne

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Humane Fort Wayne

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
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Board chair

Ms. Kathleen Smith

City of Fort Wayne

Term: 2021 - 2023

Kathryn Roudebush

Board Brilliant

Terah Brogan


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Michael McCartin

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/06/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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