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Adopt Fees and Process

Adoption Fees and Process


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      How to adopt a pet

Deciding to adopt a pet is an exciting time for many families.  We would like to make this process as simple as possible.  Here are a few things to keep in mind before you come in to find your new family member. 

  •          You may have one unaltered pet, all other pets must be spayed or neutered

  •          You must be 18 years or older to adopt

  •          We ask that you discuss adopting with all adults in the home.                    

We ask that you bring the following with you when you come to adopt.

  •          Family members under the age of five

  •          Vaccine history of your current pets

  •          If you are seeking to adopt a dog and have a dog at home, bring your dog in for an interaction

When you arrive you are able to walk through the adoption center and view our available pets.  After you find an animal you would like to meet, you will fill out an adoption profile , you are welcome to fill it out ahead of time and bring it with you.  All profiles must be submitted 30 minutes prior to closing.  Next, an adoption counselor will assist you in meeting the animal.  Should you decide this is the right pet for you, we will send the pet home the same day. 


Please Note: A pet adoption takes time to process, so adoption profiles must be
and submitted 30-minutes prior to our adoption center closing time. 
  Puppies 5 months of age or younger $100.00
  Dogs 6 months to 4 years     $85.00
  Dogs 5 years of age and older $25.00

It's a Feline Frenzy - $10 adoption fee for all kittens and cats.
  Fee includes:
the spay/neuter surgery, a microchip, first combination vaccine,
and a donated wellness exam from any participating veterinary clinic.

(A program funded by a grant from the Animal Care & Control Commission)

  Ferrets $50.00
Rabbits & Small birds $10.00
  Ferrets $50.00
  Guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and gerbils $10.00


The adoption of your pet includes the following ($300 value)

  •          First distemper combination vaccine

  •          Heartworm test (dogs only)

  •          First month of flea preventative during flea season

  •          Microchip

  •          A starter bag of food

  •          Donated exam from participating veterinarians

Please note the adoption fee does not include the pet registration for those residing within city limits.

Click here to learn more about City Pet Registrations.














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3020 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne IN 46808
After 8 p.m. and on weekends and holidays, call 449-3000 for assistance.
Fax: 260-427-5514

Closed Mondays FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 30-minutes before closing to allow sufficient time for processing.

Adoptions are Open: Tueday, Thursday, Friday 12:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.
1st & 3rd Sat 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Adoption Office: 260-427-5502

Business Office Hours:

11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday

Officer Assistance

6:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Mon-Sun
1:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. Emergencies