Who We Are

our mission

Our mission is to eliminate the preventable euthanasia of companion animals by offering High-Quality Low-Cost spay/neuter and wellness services, by supporting rescue, and promoting responsible pet ownership.

Watch our video!

Have you heard the news?

The Allen County SPCA
and H.O.P.E. for Animals are merging as a single, nonprofit entity!
Watch our live press conference announcement here: LINK TO LIVE STREAM FB LINK

70,000 cats & dogs

Over 70,000 cats and dogs are born
in the United States.

10,000 people

About 10,000 people are born
in the United States.


Our Founders

Please, be part of the solution, spay/neuter all of your pets and encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. As you can see by the graph to the left, together, we are making a noticeable difference!

H.O.P.E. is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and depends entirely on donations from the public and from corporate sponsors and grants.

EIN #26-2466638

Our Executive Committee / Board Members

Board Members

Michelle Hipskind

Michelle is a financial advisor with a passion for education and animals. She has spent more than 20 years working in the financial services industry and is currently employed at SYM Financial Advisors where she leads a program providing financial education for women in northeastern Indiana.

Outside of work, Michelle serves as a board member for Wellspring Interfaith Social Services and is committed supporter of animal welfare having served on the board of the Allen County SPCA and volunteered with the Pet Food Pantry.  In her free time, Michelle and her husband, Jeff enjoy spending time with their five children, three dogs and two grand-dogs.


our staff members

Allison Miller, M.S., B.S., A.S., Executive Director: amiller@hfafw.org

Tanya Gallo, A.S., Clinic Operations Manager: tgallo@hfafw.org

Tyna Reiter, B.S.M., A.S. Community Relations Manager: mreiter@hfafw.org

Emily Gage, A.S.  Community Cat Coordinator: hopecommunitycats@hfafw.org

Dr. Carol Fretz, DVM, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Ericka BatesDVM,  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Cindy Brown, B.S., A.S., Office Administrator

Christen Polomchak, Surgery Supervisor, RVT Registered Veterinary Technician – Surgery

Barbara Wanley, RVT Registered Veterinary Technician – Wellness

Brittney Topp, RVT Registered Veterinary Technician – Surgery

David Good, RVT Registered Veterinary Technician – Surgery/ Transport

Elizabeth Grace, A.S. Veterinary Assistant – Surgery

Emma Rosswurm, RVT Registered Veterinary Technician – Surgery

Alli Miller, Veterinary Assistant & Transport – Wellness

Ashley Kolbasky, B.S. Veterinary Assistant & Transport – Wellness

Jaclynn Hess, A.S. Veterinary Assistant – Wellness

Alyssa Wellington, B.A., A.S. Wellness Receptionist

Dani Brooker, B.S. Administrative Assistant

Morgan Chamberlain, A.S. Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Caitlin Lothamer, A.S. Surgery Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Joel Scheuman, Building Caretaker/Transport

April 30, 2016 H.O.P.E for Animals lost a valued team member, Madison Clark. Her smile, her huge heart, and contagious positive attitude will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Madison