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We are so excited you decided to adopt your new pet from Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control! We understand how big of a responsibility it is to open your home to a new furry family member. You will probably have some questions during the first few weeks at home, and we're here for you! Transitioning from life at the shelter to your home is a big step for your new pet.  Even though we work hard to make their temporary stay at the shelter as comfortable as possible, we know it can still be stressful. It may take several days before that stress leaves their body and they start to relax a little at home. For more helpful information click on the links below!



From when you can give your newly adopted dog a bath to ways you can help prevent destructive behavior at home, click HERE!

If you're interested in working with a certified dog trainer, learn more about our Behavior Help Program HERE



Need advice on how to introduce your cats to other pets? We've got you covered! Click HERE for that information and much more.


For helpful information on your newly adopted rabbit, guinea pig, rat and much more click HERE.


If you have any questions about your newly adopted pet, you can contact the adoption center and speak to a staff member at 260-427-5502 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Adoption Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. First Saturday of each month

Closed Mondays FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 15-minutes before closing to allow sufficient time for processing.

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Business Office Hours (lost & found pets, citations, or other law enforcement concerns):

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mon-Fri
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

It is our mission to serve our community in a humane, public safety capacity while working to keep pets with loving families by providing education opportunities and resources or facilitating re-homing or adoption when necessary.

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