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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: To end the euthanasia of healthy adoptable pets through education, low cost spay/neuter & wellness services and to support rescue and adoption.

Results: As of August 31st, 2013 over 25,000 pets had been spayed or neutered at a very low cost to owners and shelters. A conservative estimate would be that over 60,000 potentially homeless pets will not be born into short, difficult lives. The intake and euthanasia rates have both declined and will continue to do so, allowing shelters and rescues more space and resources to help those animals in their care.

Target demographics: pet owners in financial distress

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 8,000 pet owners get their animals the care they needed while preventing over 17,000 potentially homeless pets from being born. Last year we helped reduce euthanasia in our area by over 1,000 pets.

Geographic areas served: Northeast Indiana

Programs: low cost spay/neuter low cost wellness center Free vaccine outreach programs Community Cat programs Intercounty transports Inner city transports

Community Stories

122 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

The community outreach programs that our offered and advertised by H.O.P.E for Animals are outstanding. They offer programs for spay/neuter, micro-chipping, feral cat spay/neuter and release and many more. They also do an outstanding job getting info out to the community about general health of animals. They post 'Did You Know' info on the H.O.P.E Facebook page and Website. example: Did you know puppies and kittens can become pregnant as early as 4 months. I try to donate to H.O.P.E a few times a year and encourage my friends and family to donate to them as well.

Comments ( 1 )

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Madeleine 10/16/2013

Thank you for taking time to post a positive review. Because of you and people like you, HOPE has been able to get many grants to help animals in our community. Best Regards, Madeleine Laird Executive Director HOPE for Animals

1 Angela62

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is a dairy farm not far from my house that is a dumping ground for unwanted cats. I get some of the runoff & there is no way I could afford to get them fixed if it weren't for H.O.P.E. I LOVE what they do! It's an hour drive for me, but I use them for as many of my pet's needs as I can. Their staff is caring & easy to work with, I can't say enough good things about them!

1 Tanya12

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had my male cat neutered here and they done wonderful and even called the next business about how he was doing. They took great care of him and also showed concern for him. They helped with his fee to get neutered as I am low income and it was just great! They also done my female lil doggy one weekend when they had a special for 6 months and under and they were so gentle with her. they sent her home with pain meds and also called Monday to see how she was. They are very professional and concerned about the pets and help with the over population of all the animals they care for!. I love this place!

1 Bobbi C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been going through running back and forth to my vet for a year trying to get my cat Crybaby better. The vet could never figure out what was wrong despite sending blood and urine to Indy, enless antibiotics etc. I was at my wits end going through a seperation, becoming disabled and no more money to speak of. I called H.O.P.E. at a loss, not wanting to lose my cat of 8 years. It seemed hopeless, I was at my end, I could not afford the $700 more my old vet wanted for more tests. H.O.P.E. said they didnt normally do something like that. I thought my cat would have to be put down. It wasnt 10 minutes later H.O.P.E. called me back, said a vet there could help me, to bring Crybaby in for them to look at her first. I took her in on a Friday, they examined her and immediatly could tell me what was wrong after over a year of what Crybaby had to go through. They sent me home that Friday with antibiotics and the following Monday did surgery to remove a bladder stone the size of a golf ball. No matter what I can do now, it will never be enough to thank them for saving my Crybaby. I can never thank H.O.P.E. enough for all they have done for us!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was impressed from the beginning of my visit until the end. The front desk staff was courteous and helpful. The veterinarian (Dr. Margaret Thornburg) and vet tech (Nicole) were marvelous. They treated Emma (my cat) with great kindness, making it less traumatic than it could have been. Thanks again to HOPE for Animals! It's a great place to take your pets for spay/neutering and wellness services. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a low cost alternative to regular vets (for regular wellness issues).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff is very dedicated to helping end pet overpopulation in Fort Wayne. They are very skilled and take their jobs very seriously. They host many events to help get local animals adopted and into home. I am very glad HOPE is around and saying lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They send a van down to our shelter each month to pick up animals and spay/ neuter them at a reduced cost. They've been extremely helpful and have enabled us to spay/ neuter over 350 animals in our county, thus helping to reduce the overpopulation problem.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HOPE For Animals is a wonderful organization that is providing a much needed service to the area. Their workers are professional, helpful and friendly. I have only positive things to say about them. They are wonderful and do a GREAT service for Fort Wayne and surrounding communities. We are SO grateful that HOPE is there and included us!!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a low-cost spay/neuter/vaccination clinic HOPE has operated for less than a year. They have accomplished a great deal in this short time. I volunteer in the office, and I am impressed with the dedication and resilience of the staff. These professionals must deal with some very demanding situations, especially with feral, unsocialized, or frightened animals. Yet they maintain their sense of humor and compassion. And the clinic prices are beyond reasonable.
As a cat rescue group, HOPE has been around for several years. I've volunteered with other rescue groups, but Emilie Beard, who manages the rescue aspect, is several notches above any other I've seen. Based on what I see as a foster for some of her cats, she carefully tends to the medical and social needs of every cat. She knows their history, their personal quirks, their habits . . . . She can make a well informed recommendation as to the type of home in which the cat/kitten will thrive. I call Emilie "The Cat Whisperer" due to her extensive knowledge and experience in caring for cats.

1 Paulette L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Upon having to put our beloved cat Scarlet down due to cancer, we happened upon H.O.P.E. for Animals website showing animals for adoption. Two 2 week old kittens from Mrs. Tuxedo's litter "called" to us. We called, explained our loss and how devastated our boys were, especially our 9 year old. Mrs. Beard, Director, did everything in her power to give us "HOPE". She sent us photo's, permitted us to meet the kittens and sent us a few updates until the kittens (and us) were ready for the adoption. The kittens were so well socialized, very friendly, healthy and loving. Mrs. Beard has earned her "wings" many times over--not just for caring for animals, but for the humans who adopt them.

1 Chris G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had a wonderful experience in the scary situation of having my puppy spayed. They were very positive and great at sharing information. Would definitely recommend and use again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have gotten our dogs and cat their annual shots at HOPE for the past two years. Everyone is very friendly and helpful, and the price is GREAT. Our pets are very healthy, and I hate the prices the local vets charge for an office visit just to get shots. HOPE has been a wonderful option for us.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

spay & vaccines didn't slow my kit down in the least. seamless transaction! will be bringing them lots more business!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had spent several months trying to catch semi-feral cats, get them spayed/neutered & re-homed and when I called HOPE for general information on their services they were very helpful and understanding. I ended up getting 7 babies & 4 adults from the property & took two cats to them (1 long-haired, not so people oriented) to be spayed/neutered & shots. They even trimmed off the hairmats that were all over the long haired boy which made him much more comfortable & calm. I will definitely keep them in mind for anyone who asks about low cost/effective services in the future. I also greatly appreciate the fact that they fit me in to the schedule because of the semi-feral boy in a humane trap.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family adopted a kitten from one of HOPE for Animals adoption sites in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They helped us choose the perfect animal, one who has fit right in. He was already neutered and had the first two rounds of shots - he is due for his third round later this month and we have an appointment at HOPE for Animals to get this done. We are very happy with our experience with this organization. They also were the ones who spayed our dog. She received great care while at their clinic, and they made sure we knew to call them if any problems arose.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HOPE for Animals did an amazing job with the neuter of my latest foster dog Rocky. They were very professional, caring, and explained the aftercare instructions very well. I look forward to taking other fosters there in the future!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Almost a year ago, I was looking to adopt a kitten. I found H.O.P.E. for Animals online and saw pictures of some of the kittens they had up for adoption and emailed them to ask about a kitten I was interested in. I had to fill out some basic information before I was allowed into the house where the cats and kittens were kept. Once I was there, I was so impressed with the care all the cats and kittens were getting and their living conditions. They were not caged up like other shelters, and the lady in charge knew the story and personality of every single cat there!! You could tell everyone involved cared so much for each animal and wanted to find the best home possible for all of them. They asked about other pets I had at home and how the new kitten would fit in. They also gave me tips and information on introducing a new kitten to the cat I already had. The cats and kittens were not being given to just anybody; there was a process to make sure each animal went to a caring home and that they would be spayed or neutered. This also impressed me as I hate to hear stories of animals being mistreated. H.O.P.E. rescues these animals and makes sure they are healthy and makes sure they find great homes. I was so impressed with them that I ended up adopting two kittens instead of just one, as I was planning on. Everyone there is so invested in these animals and dedicated to their cause, and it truly is an organization that works to improve the lives of animals.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got two stray kittens fixed at this clinic. The check in and pick up went smoothly and I am VERY satisfied. All of my questions were answered, everyone was friendly despite the dreadful early hours, and I would recommend this clinic to anyone needing care for their pet. Not only are they the cheapest place to take care of your animal, they are professional and caring, informative and efficient. This area desperately needed a low-cost clinic.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HOPE for Animals is the best thing to come to Fort Wayne, IN in a very long time. The staff and volunteers are always helpful and courteous and do all they can to make the experience a good one. They offer low cost altering of pets and vaccinations. They provide education about responsibile pet ownership. Their facility is clean, bright, and inviting. I have had 4 of my dogs there for vaccinations and the staff was smiling and obviously enjoying their work. They were effiecient and professional and handled my dogs with the love and respect they deserve. Kudos to the staff and volunteers at HOPE for Animals! Molly Quinn

Review from Guidestar