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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:


Microchips now offered to the public

City of Fort Wayne –  In an effort to return as many lost pets home as possible, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control will now be offering Microchips to the public. The cost of the microchip for your owned pet will be $15. Proof of rabies vaccination and owner I.D. will be required.  

The microchip program, instituted in 1995 at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control has been a successful tool in returning lost pets to their owners. In 2015 Animal Care & Control issued 2,615 microchips. FWACC hopes to increase that number by offering microchips to the public. In the past, only pets that found their way to the shelter were microchipped upon being returned to their owner, adopted or transferred to another adoption program or facility.

Amy-Jo Sites, Director of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control said : “This is a really exciting opportunity we have opened to pet owners. A microchip could ensure your pets safe return home. We are encouraging citizens of Fort Wayne and Allen County to bring in their pet to be microchipped.  Once the correct contact information is logged into our database, officers finding animals in the field have the option of taking them home versus bringing them to the shelter.  Fifteen dollars is a small price to pay for permanent identification and peace of mind.”

A microchip is a small implant placed just under the skin of an animal that relays information through a scanner. This permanent form of identification, when kept updated, results in a 75% greater chance your pet will be returned home. (according to national microchip statistics, AVMA – American Veterinary Medical Association)

No appointment will be needed, owners can simply bring their pets (dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier) to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control located at 3020 Hillegas. Business hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 11am-5:30pm and Wednesday 11am-7pm. The process only takes a couple of minutes and does not ‘hurt’ the pet in any way.

* Dogs and cats that live within Ft. Wayne City limits must be registered with Animal Care & Control by the time they are five months old. Registrations can be obtained through the shelter, local veterinary clinics, HOPE for Animals and the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic.  Owners may choose between lifetime and annual pet registrations. For quick and easy registration, we now offer them online – simply visit fwacc dot org and click on the “permits” link.  A registration tag will be issued and should be attached to your pet's collar for quick identification should your pet ever become lost.



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.

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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