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Easter Bone Hunt 2014

IMG 0471Join us with you canine friends at Franke Park pavilion #one on Saturday, April 19th for the sixth annual Easter Bone Hunt sponsored by our friends at Happy Dogs Daycare. Registration begins at 12 noon and the Bone Hunt begins at 1:30 p.m. All dogs are admitted with a $10 donation per dog. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures, there will be dog friendly games, and many local pet friendly businesses will be on hand. Prize baskets will be given away to the lucky pups who find prize eggs, and you can win other great items by joining the raffle. All dogs must be on a non-retractable leash. Bring the family and your dogs for a fun day and a great cause. Proceeds will support pet adoptions and volunteer initiatives.

Seeking Leads & A New Home for Ranger

Before2Ranger After3Ranger is now available for adoption and can be seen during our normal adoption hours. He is a sweet and gentle dog that loves taking walks and playing with our volunteers. We are still seeking help from the public in identifying the previous owner. Ranger was recovered from the 2800 block of South Barr Street on March 24th. The dog is a male cattle dog mix approximately one year old. He was discovered with open infected wounds on his feet and hind quarters, was covered in animal waste and weighed less than half his expected weight. Both eyes were severely infected. During his care at the shelter, Ranger has double in weight and has made a full recovery. Anyone with information is asked to contact our enforcement division by calling 260-427-1244 (menu option one). Donations for his care can be made here:


Did Your Dog Leave Something Behind?

clean up after petsAnimal waste left in public areas and in neighborhood yards is a familiar complaint to our department. As much as neighbors might enjoy seeing your dog, they do not enjoy seeing what he leaves behind. Now that warmer temperatures are here, your dogs will be spending more time outside and enjoying long walks in city parks on thier leash. As a reminder, sanitation law requires citizens to remove animal waste immediately from public lands and from the property of another. Citizens must also maintain their own animal areas in a sanitary manner regularly and as often as necessary to prevent odor, or health and sanitation problems.

When sharing common areas, be considerate of where you take your dog to eliminate. Although it is not a legal requirement to remove animal urine, allowing a dog to eliminate in public areas where children play is unsanitary. If you encounter an ongoing problem concerning animal sanitation, report the concern by calling us at 427-1244 or email to: If possible, a timely photograph has been known to result in a $50 citation to the animal's owner.

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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