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Animal Care & Control

Back to School Pet & Family Safety

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Keep your kids safe going back to school!
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Mornings and afternoons are especially hectic as kids go to and from bus stops filled with excitement. Including your family dog may be an accident waiting to happen. Dogs react to stress just as we do and filling the side walk with so many children can cause and otherwise friendly dog to react negatively in these tight, confined areas. An anxious, stressed or worried dog may choose to BITE. Dogs are part of our families and we want to include them in all of our activities, but Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control wants to remind citizens to be safe and keep their pets at home. Sidewalks are congested with children and adding a dog may also distract kids and create a situation where they aren't paying attention to traffic.

For more tips on helping your pets adjust to "Back-To-School" Read our Blog on Back to School

 

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The Scoop: Guest and Volunteer Coordinator Emilee Smith explains Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control's Volunteer Process and how to get involved!

Wildlife

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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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