Maytag Salutes: Jessica Henry
08 May, 2014
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Why We’re Saluting Jessica:
Since becoming director of the Allen County SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Jessica has set new adoption records at a No Kill animal shelter in her community. She works endless hours, even spending the night in a snowstorm because she was afraid she might have trouble making it back in the morning. Jessica has also organized Barks in the Park at the local minor league ballpark so that baseball fans and dog lovers can spend the afternoon together with their canine companions enjoying a baseball game. She also helps with the Northern Indiana Pet Expo to ensure she can continue to operate this nonprofit shelter, as well as help thousands of pet lovers learn more about their favorite animals or even adopt a new pet.
A week never passes that some of the adorable pets aren’t out and about in the community, whether it’s attending festivals, outdoor gatherings, farmer’s markets, etc. Jessica’s philosophy is the more opportunities the Allen County SPCA has to meet and interact with the animals of the shelter, the more opportunity people of the community will see just how wonderful, happy and healthy shelter pets are. While the end goal is always adoption, interacting with the community is an enriching way for the pets to get out of the shelter for a little while.
Jessica stresses that the best part about pet adoption is that “when folks adopt a shelter animal, they’re saving TWO lives – the life of the pet they’ve adopted, and the life of the pet for whom that adoption has made space so that another animal can enter our program. Life-saving work is always an urgent matter, and that’s why it’s so important to me.” She goes on to say, “Giving back to my community is actually selfless and selfish at the same time. The more we do to positively impact our community, then the better community we have for ourselves and our families. It’s a simple concept, really, but the results can be fabulous.”
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