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Animal Care & Control

Picture Your Pet Sunday, July 10 and Monday, July 11


Sunday, July 10 and Monday, July 11 from 3:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Lakeside Park Pavilion #2.


Join us as we celebrate the sense of community between families and pets and capture that bond with a keepsake photo to share with your friends and family.

The event will be held at Lakeside Park inside Pavilion #2 between the hours of 3 - 8 p.m.  The pavilion is located at 1401 Lake Avenue and sits at the backside of Lakeside Park facing Vermont Avenue.  Ample parking is available on Vermont, Alabama, and Florida Avenues.

Be sure that all dogs arrive on leash and all cats and small animals arrive in a pet carry case.  Participants must be signed in by 8 p.m. to have a photo taken.  After signing in, feel free to stroll around the pond or through the rose garden while you wait.  If it rains, you can sign in and then wait in your car.  We will come get you when it is time for your photo shoot.  Outdoor seating is provided and water will be available for animals.

The cost is $15 to receive a 5x7 photo.  Additional poses can be requested for an additional $15.00 fee. Additional 5x7 prints are $3.00 each. Wallet size prints, keychains and other photo items can be ordered for a small additional fee.  You will be given a reprint waiver too.

Join us for this festival favorite to help support the animal safety education and outreach programs provided by Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. Call 427-5508 for more details.                          


Keep your pets safe this summer

Hot Weather Reminders for Pet Owners!

With temperatures and family activities on the rise for the Memorial Day weekend, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control wants to remind pet owners to pay extra attention to provisions for their animals. Animals exposed to high temperatures, high humidity, and inadequate ventilation can become ill or irritable, and may pose a danger to themselves and to people.

Report signs of animal neglect to Animal Care & Control immediately by calling 427-1244 Option 1 or afterhours, holidays and weekends: 449-3000 for officer assistance. Any animal that is found by the shelter to be left in conditions that pose an immediate health hazard to the animal will be taken directly to Animal Care & Control for its safety. An Animal Control Officer will leave a written notice for the owner to claim their pet from the shelter.

  •         Do not leave any animal in a parked car, even with the windows open!

  •         When possible, bring pets into an air-conditioned area of your home; fans are helpful where air             
            conditioning is unavailable.

  •         For animals outside, provide a shady, sheltered place to rest and quantities of fresh water in             
            containers that cannot be tipped and spilled. 

  •        Be aware of the sun movement through the day if your animal is outside and you are leaving for work.        Shade must be available all day as well as  proper food, water, & shelter.


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:


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Our Mission: Guided by the humane ethic and liveability 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

Adoption Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday

1st & 3rd Saturday of every month
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
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