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Halloween Safety Tips

halloween safety

Every child and every costume is a new opportunity

for different reactions from the same dog.

Fright night is fun for kids, but not for dogs. Screaming, and running and scary costumes can make dogs nervous, uncomfortable and frightened. Dogs DO NOT understand this change in appearance and can become very fearful. Keep in mind that children on Halloween night are excited and doing their best to be scary. This is not a fair or safe situation to put even the best of dogs in. Even the normally terrific tolerant family dog can find this night hard to handle. City of Fort Wayne Official Trick or Treat Hours


Working together to SAVE LIVES: Fort Wayne Pit Bull Coalition

The following article was submitted by a knowledgeable rescue organization that has given years of dedicated, reputable service to find responsible homes for rescued dogs. We hope potential pet owners find this helpful in understanding the differences between rescue organizations and buy/sell businesses that pose as rescues.


These dogs were removed from a Fort Wayne home and found to be in various stages of neglect.  The buy/sell business promotes its dogs through the internet as being rescued and for adoption.  The care taker pled guilty to animal cruelty and the dogs were successfully adopted from the shelter into loving homes.

Rescue Organization Standards

Adopting a pet from a rescue group is a wonderful way to give an animal a second chance at life, and you will be rewarded with unending love and joy from your new family member!  Recognize that not all rescue groups are created equal or share the same mission.  Be sure that the rescue group you choose is reputable, that they are truly in it to rescue animals in need and place them with loving families, not running a business of buying and selling animals under the guise of rescue.   Here are a few good questions you can ask and observances you can make to ensure that the organization has the animals welfare at heart:


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, and HOPE for Animals 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.

Don't forget the chip! 


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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