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General Spay Neuter Help

Spay Neuter Help



In addition to numerous veterinary hospitals available for this low-risk surgery, Fort Wayne  also has a transport service to Hamilton County and two Fort Wayne located low cost spay neuter clinics open to any pet owner from any community.

SNAP - Spay Neuter Assistance Program for the pets of residents within the city limits of Fort Wayne.

SNAP - Spay Neuter Assistance Program: Provides financial assistance to those in need living within the Fort Wayne city limits to help cover the cost of altering a dog or cat.  SNAP is a donation based fund, so assistance is limited and available on a first come basis. Call 427-1244, menu option #1 to inquire.

Applicant must live within the Fort Wayne city limits.
Prior valid law enforcement activity may negate eligibility for SNAP.
Applicant must be the animal's legal owner.
Preference given to those in need.  
Applicant may apply for help for no more than one dog or cat in a five year period.   

Applicant co-pay:

  • $15 per male cat,
  • $20 per female cat,
  • $20 per male dog,
  • $20 per female dog weighing less than 89lbs,
  • $20 for a female dog weighing over 89lbs.

History of SNAP:

The SNAP fund was started in 1987 by shelter employees to slow down the births of accidental litters born in Allen County and relinquished daily to the shelter.  In its initial stage, small fund-raising efforts created enough revenue to help a handful of limited income families.  Each recipient expressed a desire to spay or neuter their pet, but they were unable to set aside the funds to have it done.  Out of the first 500 animals altered with SNAP funds, 142 known litters had previously been born.  Clearly SNAP is a beneficial program proven to help pets, their owners, and our community.  Over the years SNAP has helped thousands of low-income families and has prevented the unwanted births of thousands of litters.


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Adoptions Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Tueday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 7:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
1st & 3rd Saturday of every month
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