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How to Adopt A Shelter Animal

Contact Our Adoption Team At: adoptionhelp@cityoffortwayne.org

Please Note:
To apply for adoption, we require adoption profiles to be completed and submitted at least 30-minutes before closing to allow ample time to assist each adoption. To save time, consider printing a profile and complete it before you arrive.

We Have Small Pets for Adoption
We frequently have animals other than dogs and cats available for adoption. These pets may include birds, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, ferrets, and pet rats. We are a full access shelter that accepts and provides care to any animal regardless of its species, age, health, or temperament. View Available Pets

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A Word About The Health of Adoption Pets
The City of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Department cannot guarantee that the pets available for adoption have not been exposed to an illness prior to coming to our department or prior to vaccinations taking effect. Although we are not aware of any serious health condition applicable to any pet, local veterinary clinics donate a free heath examination and can explain conditions common to stray animals, owner neglected animals, and animals housed in a kennel. These conditions may include internal parasites, external parasites, and upper respiratory infections.

Animal Care and Control cannot reimburse medical expenses, but will refund the adoption fee of any animal that is returned to the shelter because it has failed its initial heath examination. An applicant that chooses to keep and provide treatment for a pet does so at their own expense. We suggest you consult with your veterinarian before introducing your new pet to the pets you now own.


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Adoptions Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Tueday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 7:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
1st & 3rd Saturday of every month
Adoption Office: 260-427-5502

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

Business Office Hours (lost & found- receiving lobby- citations or other law enforcement concerns):

11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday
CLOSED Saturday & Sunday

Animal Control Officer Assistance
9am-8pm Monday - Friday
After 8pm, weekend & holidays,
call 260-449-3000

After Hours / immediate officer assistance:
1:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. Emergencies

General Contact Information:
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control
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