Since August, changes in the Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control city ordinance have allowed us to place 265 cats back into the community thru coalition efforts between the Allen County SPCA, H.O.P.E. for Animals and Animal Care & Control. In the past, the only option for these free roaming cats was euthanasia due to their lack of sociability, adoption was not an option. We are so excited to have this program successfully off the ground and want to inform citizens so more lives can be saved. There are many options available to citizens that find free-roaming cats (cats with no identification of any kind). If you would like to take personal responsibility for the cat on your property you may now bring the cat directly to H.O.P.E. for Animals where the cat will be spayed or neutered, three year rabies vaccinated, ear tipped and microchipped for $35. Another option for you is to transport the cat to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, you MUST include a valid address where the cat was found. You must also let us know if you would like to have the cat returned to the location where you found it. If so, the cat will be assessed for its health and well-being. If the cat is deemed healthy it will become a community cat. Once in the program we will transport it to H.O.P.E. where the cat will be spayed or neutered, ear tipped, microchipped to its “found” address, and three year rabies vaccinated. The Allen County SPCA will then pick up the cat at H.O.P.E and return it to its location. This entire process is funded by grant dollars – no tax money supports this program. If you are in need of a trap, you may pick one up and rent it for one week for free at any one of the coalition locations: H.O.P.E. for Animals at 1333 Maycrest Drive, Allen County SPCA at 4914 Hanna Street or Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control at 3020 Hillegas Road in Fort Wayne.
The City Ordinance does allow for citizens concerned about nuisance behaviors to contact us at 260-427-1244 to report your concern. If you are looking for humane deterrents and ways to keep free roaming cats from destructive behaviors you can call The Community Cat Helpline at 260-440-8893 and a representative from H.O.P.E. for Animals will return your call. Hundreds of lives have already been saved thru the Community Cat Program and we are optimistic that we will save hundreds more before the year’s end. If you are looking for information on how you can get involved in the Community Cat Program please visit our website at www.fwacc.org and search “community cats”. We are very fortunate to live in a community that cares so much for animals in need and to have three amazing organizations working together to save more lives!