Statement issued Friday:
As a result of an unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the Allen County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ACSPCA), beginning immediately the ACSPCA will no longer charge fees when people surrender animals to the non-profit animal shelter.
"The directors felt that especially in this economy, the ACSPCA should not be charging people when they bring in animals that they can no longer care for. Our mission is to provide a safe haven for animals, and we must remain very sensitive to the hardships that many people are facing today," said Michael DeFreeuw, president of the ACSCPA Board of Directors. "The board felt very strongly that as long as space in the center allows, we must continue to help as many pets and families as possible. We can not turn people away who want to do the right thing, but who might not be able to pay to do it."
The ACSPCA has also increased the hours that the public can view available dogs and cats and meet with staff to discuss adoptions and other services offered. The center, located at 4914 Hanna Street, is now open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday noon – 5 p.m., Thursday noon – 7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The ACSPCA is a not for profit organization, receiving no government funding of any kind. They rely on the generosity of members and friends in the community to provide for the animals aided by the center. More details are available at www.acspca.org.