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Animal Care & Control


The Department of Animal Care and Control responds to calls within city limits regarding injured wildlife or wildlife causing an immediate public safety hazard. Living in harmony with wildlife in our community often poses some challenging situations to citizens. We have included useful information you may need from the professionals regarding humane alternatives to dealing with nuisance wildlife. Keeping garbage can lids secure, garage doors closed, and possibly suspending your bird feeding activities for a while may be necessary.

Humane live traps are available from the department if a wild animal has set up housekeeping in your attic. Call 427-1244 to check on current availability. Wildlife that have actually entered and are currently accessible in the living space of your home can be removed by an Animal Control Officer. Live traps are not dispersed for nuisance wildlife living outside, as exclusion tactics are the best method of dealing with these animals rather than relocation.

Injured wildlife may be brought to the shelter for pickup by licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Do not put yourself at risk for a wild animal bite, if there is concern regarding a bite, call us to pick up the injured animal.

Wildlife issues that you have not been able to successfully eliminate by excluding them from your home may require the service of a private company that offers these types of service. Local companies that are licensed by the DNR are shown below:


Where's My Pet Registration Tag?

City dogs and cats must be registered with our department by the time they are five months old. Registration tags are available at our shelter, local veterinary clinics, HOPE for Animals and the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic. Attach the registration tag to the collar for quick identification should your pet ever become lost. Choose between lifetime and annual registration to comply with city ordinance and to avoid a citation. Register and pay online.

Types of Canine Aggression

Submitted by Canine Companions

Dogs that growl, snap or bite are frequently labeled as aggressive and often owners and some trainers begin using punishment to stop the unwanted behavior. This does not work and it can make the problem worse. The underlying cause of the aggression must be understood and addressed.  Read Full Article

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Our Mission: Guided by the humane ethic and livability interests within our neighborhoods,
the mission of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is to ensure public health and safety as well as prevent pet overpopulation,
animal neglect, and animal cruelty
through education, rescue, and law enforcement

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