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Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Emilee Smith : 260-427-2579
Must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer

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Volunteering with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is more than just coming in to play with dogs and cats. It is giving animals the best care possible while they patiently await their family to walk through the door. It is treating all of our guests with the upmost kindness and creating life-long bonds with our adopters and their new furry family member. It is seeing adopters, with big smiles on their faces, walk their new best out the door to begin their exciting journey together.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and willing to commit to 40 hours over the course of a year. We also perform a criminal background check on all of our volunteers. The first step to volunteering is filling out our Volunteer Questionnaire. Once we receive that, we will inform you when our next mandatory 3 hour volunteer orientation is scheduled. At the orientation we will talk about our organization, our volunteer program (along with what positions we have available), our adoption program, and also go on a tour of the building. After the orientation you will receive individual training in your area of interest.

Below you will find descriptions of our available entry-level programs for people looking to get started.

Welcomers- Volunteers in this program are significant in helping us create a kind, inviting atmosphere for guests visiting our adoption center. Volunteers serve as greeters at our welcome desk located in the adoption center lobby. They guide guests through our adoption process, call veterinary offices to validate vaccines on pets currently in the home, and answer additional guest questions.  In addition to our basic volunteer requirements, successful candidates for this program will have:

  •          An outgoing personality
  •          Strong interpersonal skills
  •          Strong customer service skills
  •          Enthusiasm for working with the public
  •          Strong observational skills
  •          Basic animal handling experience
  •          Comfort with working independently
  •          Ability to follow protocols/procedures
  •          Strong observational skills
  •          Basic animal handling experience
  •          Comfort with working independently
  •          Ability to follow protocols/procedures
  •          Strong observational skills
  •          Basic animal handling experience
  •          Comfort with working independently
  •          Ability to follow protocols/procedures
  •          Strong interpersonal skills
  •          Strong observational skills
  •          Basic animal handling experience
  •          Comfort with working independently
  •          Ability to follow protocols/procedures
  •          Strong interpersonal skills

 

 

*Commitment: This is a scheduled position so a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week is needed on the same day/time. Welcomers are needed when the adoption center is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12:00-5:30pm, Wednesdays from 12:00-7:00pm, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 11:00am-3:00pm.  

Kennel Care Assistant- Volunteers in this program are extremely helpful in the mornings before the shelter is open to the public. Kennel Care Assistant volunteers clean the adoption dog kennels. Our adoption dogs are so happy to see the happy faces of these fantastic volunteers each morning. Our volunteers take the dog outside to our courtyard for playtime and to go potty while they clean their kennel following detailed instructions. One of the added benefits of this position is you get one on one time with the dogs before we are open to the public. An added plus is you get paid in doggie licks and tail wags. In addition to our basic volunteer requirements, successful candidates for this program will have:

*Commitment: This is a scheduled position so a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week is needed on the same day/time.  Kennel Care Assistants are needed before the adoption center is open between the hours of 9:00am and 11:30am Tuesday and Thursdays and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month between the hours of 8:00am and 10:30am.

Cat Care Assistant- Volunteers in this program are extremely helpful in the mornings before the shelter is open to the public. Cat Care Assistant volunteers clean and tidy the rooms where our adoption cats reside. Dedicated volunteers learn how to fully clean out the cat rooms (take everything out, including the cats, and disinfect the rooms) and also how to tidy the rooms (scoop pans, sweep litter, feed, water, etc.) following detailed instructions. These volunteers also clean each of our three interaction rooms each morning. One of the added benefits of this position is you get one on one time with the cats before we are open to the public. You are gratefully paid in head butts and purrs. In addition to our basic volunteer requirements, successful candidates for this program will have:

*Commitment: This is a scheduled position so a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week is needed on the same day/time. Cat Care Assistants are needed before the adoption center is open between the hours of 9:00am and 11:30am Monday through Friday and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month between the hours of 8:00am and 10:30am.

Dog Walkers- Volunteers in this program work to provide additional care and socialization to help alleviate stress and maintain the health and sociability of the dogs in our adoption program. Volunteers harness up and take adoptable canines on a walk to our grassy, fenced in Pooch Playground, where they have the ability to romp off leash. These volunteers also make sure the kennels are nice and clean before returning the dogs to them. Volunteers on this team are taught our positive reinforcement training methods that help us teach the dogs manners and are encouraged to work with dogs on practicing these techniques. In addition to our basic volunteer requirements, successful candidates for this program will have:

*Commitment: This is a scheduled position so a minimum commitment of 1 hour per week is needed on the same day/time. Dog Walkers are needed Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00am-5:00pm Wednesdays from 9:00am-7:00pm, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 8:00am-3:00pm. 

Dog Rotators- Volunteers in this program work to provide additional care and socialization to help alleviate stress and maintain the health and sociability of the dogs in our adoption program. Volunteers take adoptable canines to our exercise courtyard for a potty break and some fresh air. These volunteers also make sure the kennels are nice and clean before returning the dogs to them. Volunteers on this team are also taught our positive reinforcement training methods that help us teach the dogs manners and are encouraged to work with dogs on practicing these techniques. In addition to our basic volunteer requirements, successful candidates for this program will have:

*Commitment: This is a scheduled position so a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week is needed on the same day/time. Dog Rotators are needed Mondays from 11:00am-5:00pm, when the adoption center is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12:00-5:30pm, Wednesdays from 12:00-7:00pm, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 11:00am-3:00pm. 

Adoption Counselors- Volunteers in this program are vital in helping our visitors make a life-long connection with the animals available in our adoption program. They provide assistance by facilitating successful interactions between guests and animals, answering questions, and helping guests complete the first portion of their adoption application. They are also vital in educating our guests about proper care for the animal they are interested in. In addition to our basic volunteer requirements, successful candidates for this program will have:

  •          An outgoing personality
  •          Strong customer service skills
  •          Enthusiasm for working with the public
  •          Ability to follow protocols/procedures
  •          Basic animal handling experience
  •          Ability to follow protocols/procedures
  •          Comfort with working independently
  •          Strong observational skills

*Commitment: This is a scheduled position so a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week is needed on the same day/time. Adoption Counselors are needed when the adoption center is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12:00-5:30pm, Wednesdays from 12:00-7:00pm, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 11:00am-3:00pm. 

Laundry and Dishes - Volunteers in this program are incredible in helping staff keep up on the shelter’s laundry and dishes. Volunteers doing laundry wash, dry, fold, sort, and operate equipment.  Volunteers doing dishes wash, soak (in cleaning solution), and set them out to dry. In addition to our basic volunteer requirements, successful candidates for this program will have:

*Commitment: Minimum of 1 hour per week. Volunteers are needed anytime between the hours of 9:00am and 5:30pm Monday through Friday, Wednesdays from 9:00am-7:00pm, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00am.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

If you have any questions please relay them to our volunteer coordinator, Emilee Smith at Emilee.smith@cityoffortwayne.org or 260-427-2579.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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