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Animal Care & Control

The Scoop: Community Cats

August 2014 edition. Topic this month: Community Cats Program with Belinda Lewis, Director of FWACC Madeleine Laird, Executive Director of Hope for Animals and Jessica Henry, Director of ACSPCA.

Read FAQ's about the program. To Contact the HOPE Community Cat Hotline call 260-440-8893.

Adopt a Pet – It's Simple

dog noseNow that the kids are back in school many people are making plans to add a new pet to the home. Our department always has a great selection of animals available and ready for your family to meet. The process of adopting takes one day to select a pet and a second day to take home the pet. Here's a quick rundown of how it works.


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: office.help@cityoffortwayne.org. If possible, a timely photograph has been known to result in a $50 citation to the animal's owner.

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Director Belinda Lewis


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