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Animal Care & Control

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.

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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Director Belinda Lewis

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3020 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne IN 46808
260-427-1244
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