Animal Care & Control reminds you to give extra attention to provisions for animals during summer heat.
• When possible, bring pets into an air-conditioned area of your home; fans are helpful;
• Animals must have a shady, sheltered place to rest and quantities of fresh water available at all times. Do not leave pets unattended in a garage or non-air-conditioned building such as a garage;
• Fly bites, fleas and ticks can cause serious problems for pets. Contact a veterinarian for preventatives;
• Do not take pets into the downtown festival areas. Officers will be patrolling and asking people with animals to take them home. It is against city ordinance to take pets to festivals and fairs within city limits.
• Leaving a pet in a parked car is a violation of city ordinance when the conditions, in that vehicle, would constitute a health hazard to the animal;
• Heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, a staggering gait and vomiting are signs that your pet may be suffering from heat stress. Contact a veterinarian immediately.
Any animal that is found by the shelter to be left in conditions that pose an immediate health hazard to the animal will be taken directly to Animal Care & Control for its safety. A written notice will be provided for the owner to claim their pet from the shelter located at 3020 Hillegas Road.

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All of us at Animal Care & Control want pet owners to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday while keeping their pets safe and secure. Dogs and cats can easily become overwhelmed by the sudden explosions of fireworks causing panic and fear. Pets that have never attempted to run off before may bolt through a screen door, jump a fence or dig under a gate to get away from the loud sounds during the days surrounding the holiday.
Every year, the loud booms of fireworks contribute to the increased number of runaway pets that are found and given to Animal Care & Control. To keep pets safe, we offer the following tips:
• Keep dogs inside your home or in a well-ventilated building as much as possible when fireworks are being used in your area.
• Cats should be kept inside at all times.
• Secure gates and supervise your animals while outside.
• Be sure to keep a current identification tag on your pet’s collar.
• Pets should not be taken to any parade or celebration where fireworks or sirens occur. Loud noises increase the chance of your pet fleeing and becoming lost in an unfamiliar area.
Leaving an animal in a parked car when conditions pose a health hazard will result in a ticket. Even on a 70-degree day the inside of a car can reach temperatures of 120 degrees or more in a matter of minutes. Partially opened windows won’t provide sufficient air, but do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen, experience a seizure or suffer death in a short timeframe.
If your pet disappears, our business office will be CLOSED on Friday, July 3 for the holiday and will re-open Monday, July 6 from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for people to search for a lost pet. Anyone finding a lost animal is asked to file a found report with the shelter. The animal can be kept in the finder’s home or relinquished to Animal Care & Control, located at 3020 Hillegas Rd. Call 427-1244 for information and to immediately report a found pet.

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The 3rd full week of May is Bite Prevention Week. Most dog bites are caused by a dog the victim knows which is why we spend so much time in our Humane Education Program at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control talking to school aged children about animal safety! Did you know that most dog bites are preventable? How? There are many easy things you can do as an adult to be sure that your kids, as well as others, are safe around dogs.

• Never leave infants or children alone with any dog
• Spay or neuter your pet (dogs are less likely to bite if they are altered)
• Train your dog in an obedience class
• Don’t play aggressive games with your dog
• Keep your dog leashed during walks
• Keep your dog healthy; an unnoticed injury can make a dog aggressive
• Make your dog an inside member of your family. Outdoor, unsocialized dogs are more likely to bite than dogs that socialize with children, adults and other animals
• Don’t chain your dog. Chaining leads to aggression in dogs (it’s a territory thing)

Here are some basic rules when around dogs you know AND dogs you don’t know:

• Stay away from unfamiliar dogs
• Never run from or scream at a dog
• Be “still like a tree” when an unfamiliar dog comes near you
• If a dog knocks you over, roll into a ball and stay still, like a log
• Ask permission before you pet a dog
• Never play with a dog unless an adult is there to watch you
• Tell an adult if you see a stray dog or a dog acting strangely (for stray dogs call Animal Care & Control at 427-1244 or afterhours at 449-3000)
• Don’t look a dog right in the eyes
• Don’t disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping, has a bone or is caring for puppies
• Allow a dog to see & sniff you before you pet or play with it

Every 40 seconds someone in the US seeks medical care because of a dog bite & children make up 60% of dog bite vicitims and are often bitten in the face because of their size. About ½ of all children in the U.S. will be bitten by a dog by the 12th grade.

Don’t become a statistic. For more information about how to prevent dog bites visit our website:

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Often enough we find ourselves really rooting for a positive outcome for the pets in our care. Hercules & Muellas were no exception. Hercules & Muellas came into our shelter on a cold day, February 27th. Their owner could no longer afford their care so now it was up to us to find them a forever home. Day after day went by without even a glance from adoption visitors. We posted them on Facebook and Twitter with hundreds of ‘shares’ and still, no takers. We knew right from the beginning this was going to be a difficult adoption. You see, both dogs were 8 years old. Hercules was a pit bull mix and Muellas, although an adorable small breed, is blind. We knew they just had to go together because Muellas relied on Hercules to get around and Hercules really enjoyed the company of his smaller friend. All of a sudden their story caught on to a number of national websites: Woofipedia, and Vetstreet. We were so excited, surely this would be the key to getting both of these dogs adopted together. Then on Tuesday, March 31st, we decided to feature both dogs on WANE-TV’s Pet of the Week. Finally, a lucky break. The following day, a wonderful family from Antwerp, Ohio – The Wilson family drove the 45 minutes with 4 of their 8 children to meet this wonderful duo. It was love at first sight and after a full month with no interest, Hercules & Muellas were going home. We paged our entire staff to join us in sending them with this wonderful family! What a thrill for everyone to see these wonderful dogs that we have cared for, walked, given medications & treats to… we had all become so attached. Their endearing story had traveled far to find a family that lived so close! Hercules & Muellas even made the Huffington Post We are honored to be a part of their story and many others like them. We know that we will see many more homeless pets in 2015, and many more will steal our hearts for a fleeting moment. Hercules and Muellas will be a constant reminder for us to continue our journey to find the perfect home because every dog has their day and we are here to help them find it!

Hercules & Muellas & their new forever family:
The Wilson’s

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Animal Care & Control is offering free straw to any Allen County resident in need of animal bedding during these cold days of winter. Pet owners are urged to continually monitor the needs of pets whenever the animals are outdoors. The straw is being offered through private donation to be used for bedding and to keep the ground surrounding a doghouse mud free.

Visit Animal Care & Control located at 3020 Hillegas Road during general business hours Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and until 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays.

The shelter offers these additional winter pet care tips –
• An animal that spends time outside must have access to a proper shelter specifically designed for an animal. The shelter must be free of leaks to wind, snow, and rain. Face the opening of the shelter to the east or south away from prevailing winds or fasten a heavy door flap to the top of the doorframe.

• Locate the animal’s home to a warmer location in the sun.

• Create a snug inner room by making a removable partition inside the doghouse in back of the door opening.

• Use straw or cedar chips for bedding. Towels, blankets and hay are insufficient because cloth draws moisture and hay will mold.

• Insulate the animal’s house and raise it several inches above the ground with concrete blocks to prevent snow from drifting inside. Frame the elevated area with boards or sand bags to prevent winds from gusting under the animal’s house.

• Animals living inside an unheated garage must have a shelter inside the garage.

• Animals need extra food to help generate enough body heat to stay warm and must have unfrozen water to drink at all times. A heated water bucket is a great investment.

• All dogs and cats living within the city must wear the required city pet registration tag on a properly fitted leather or nylon collar.

• Keep all cats inside. Those who spend time outside can experience frostbite, or become lost or injured.

• Bring dogs inside during extreme cold spells. Animals are very susceptible to frostbite and can quickly die of hypothermia if left outside unsupervised. Puppies and senior dogs do not tolerate the cold, so make walks and playtime short.

• Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach following cold weather walks. Dogs can easily ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking their paws. Check paws for cuts caused by snow or encrusted ice.

• Never hesitate to call the shelter regardless of the day or time to report an animal in need of help within the city. Call 260-427-1244.

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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 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!

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Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is a nationally recognized shelter for homeless pets. Our kind staff and generous Volunteers are on-hand every day of the week to be sure the animals that arrive here are humanely cared for. At Animal Care & Control we pride ourselves on going above and beyond for the animals entrusted to us. We provide them with warm beds to sleep on, toys for them to play with and mental stimulation so their stay, which averages 3-5 days, will be more enjoyable as they await their forever families. Our shelter relies heavily on donations from members of our community to help us provide medical care for those animals in need. We provide both preventative (such as heartworm and flea treatment) and lifesaving care for many animals prior to being placed in our adoption program. We also rely on donations for enrichment items such as peanut butter, dog treats/biscuits or bones, canned food both cat and dog as well as new and gently used toys, all of which provide additional comfort for the animals. We encourage citizens who may be interested in helping to check our website at for a complete “Wish List.” This list includes a variety of comfort items for the animals as well as areas of monetary need. We are so fortunate to live in such an amazing, forward thinking community that values the lives of homeless pets. We hope that when you consider adding a new member to your family that you think of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. Simply put, adoption saves lives.

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Does your dog’s ability to escape from your yard have you frustrated and worried that he may get hurt or cause damages that you will be liable for? To prevent escapes, you’ll need to find out how your dog is getting out of the yard and why he’s so determined to run off. Dogs often escape because they are left alone for long periods of time and need an outlet for their excess energy. Your dog’s escape may lead him to interactions with other people or dogs and fun things to sniff. Keep in mind that an unaltered dog will be motivated to escape, so supervise their outside time until your dog has been spayed or neutered.

Some dogs jump fences, but most actually climb them. A dog may also dig under the fence, chew through the fence or learn to open a gate. Knowing how your dog gets out will help you to modify your yard and secure your gates.

To decrease your dog’s motivation for running off, keep your dog inside when you’re unable to supervise him and when you are away from home. Walk your dog daily. It’s good exercise, both mentally and physically. A tired dog is less likely to go searching for entertainment. Rotate your dog’s toys to make them seem new and interesting. Contact a trainer for advice or attend Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control’s free Pet Parenting class for help in solving your dog’s escaping behavior. Call 260-414-3507 to enroll in an upcoming class or email

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Animal waste left in public areas and in neighborhood yards is a familiar complaint called into our Animal Care & Control 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, dogs will be spending more time outside and enjoying walks in city parks. 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 on-going problem concerning sanitation, report the concern to Animal Care & Control at 427-1244. If at all possible, a timely photograph has been known to result in a $50 citation to the animal’s owner.

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Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is urging dog owners to be proactive in keeping young puppies and adult dogs vaccinated against the highly contagious and deadly disease of parvovirus. Unvaccinated puppies that are 6 to 20 weeks of age are at the highest risk, but make no mistake; parvovirus can affect dogs of all ages.

The virus is spread by:
• direct dog-to-dog contact
• contact with contaminated dog feces
• contaminated environments
• people who have handled infectious objects or animals
• people who have walked through contaminated ground

The virus may be carried on a dog’s hair and feet, as well as on contaminated dog care items, a person’s shoes or clothing, and other objects. When a healthy dog licks the fecal material off their hair, feet, or anything that came in contact with infected feces, the dog acquires the disease.

Unlike other viruses, parvovirus is stable in the environment and is resistant to heat, detergents and alcohol. It can remain infectious for at least one year in the soil to continue infecting other dogs. If you’ve had an infected dog in your home or yard, do not bring home another dog or puppy until talking with your veterinarian.

If you see any change in the health or behavior of your dog, call your veterinarian right away. Warning signs can include a lack of appetite, depressed behavior, fever, severe vomiting and diarrhea.

Parvovirus is deadly, so take action to vaccinate your adult dogs on time each year, and be sure that your puppy receives more than one vaccination over a period of weeks.

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