WHAT IS IT? Animal Care Teens (A.C.T.) is a program directed by the education department of Animal Care & Control and created in 1996 to offer students ages 13-17 an opportunity to ACT for animals and explore their personal career interests. As a member you will be joining other teens who share your career goal or hobby interest in animals. Together we will show our support and commitment to helping animals in the shelter and in the community. We hope that the Animal Care Teens Program will inspire your own involvement and responsibility, while cultivating an atmosphere of caring.
HOW DOES IT WORK? The program fee is $35.00 for the year and consists of meetings generally held the first and third Tuesday of each month from September - April plus an awards party. A.C.T. meetings include guest speakers that present animal vocations, service projects, fieldtrips, and time for socializing adoption animals. Students that are at least 15 years old can earn a hands-on learning opportunity outside of group meetings. Read our ACT Frequently Asked Questions
WHY DO IT? There are a number of advantages to joining the A.C.T. for Animals. One of the big reasons is that you will be meeting professional people who are already working on behalf of animals. They can help you as you make decisions about your future. Another advantage is that you will meet other students like yourself who want to make a difference for animals. These friendships can be a special connection.
Other advantages will come to you in the future as a college student and employee. Believe it or not, what you choose to do now in your spare time makes a difference later in your life. Employers and college recruiters look for people who have volunteered their time and have worked on special service projects. It shows what an outstanding individual you are! There are many teen clubs around the country whose members receive recognition for the wonderful things they do. We think our young people should too!
HOW DOES ENROLLMENT WORK? Enrollment is JUly 1st through Spetmeber 1st and space is limited so be sure to complete and return your forms in advance. If you are between the ages of 13-17 you can access the forms on our website under the volunteer tab (Animal Care Teens) or call 260-427-2590 and we will send you enrollment forms to complete and return within two weeks with the $35 enrollment fee (check made payable to CIty of Fort Wayne with ACT Teen in the memo.) If forms and fee are not returned within two weeks, we cannot guarantee the student's place in the program. If the program is full, we will add the students name to our waiting list and call as soon as an opening occurs. Enrollment for each year runs July 1st - September 30th.
To download enrollment forms click below. Please fill out both forms and mail to the attention of the Humane Education Dept, Animal Care & Control, 3020 Hillegas Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46808.
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ACT Safety Conduct
ACTs are held to a high standard of conduct for the safety of participants and the safety of the animals in our care. Any student who repeatedly disregards safety rules such as opening animal cages without permission, entering areas that are off limits or going inside the cage of a dog will be excused from the program. ACT fees will not be refunded.
The Animal Care Teens inclement weather policy is as follows:
If the Fort Wayne Community Schools close due to inclement weather or if the Mayor declares a snow emergency on a scheduled ACT meeting night, the Animal Care Teens will also be cancelled. When there is a school delay, Animal Care Teens will meet at the regularly scheduled time.
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,
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.