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Is there a cut-off time for submitting an adoption application?

Yes. A pet adoption takes time to process, so adoption profiles must be completed and submitted 15 minutes prior to our adoption center closing time.


Will the shelter hold a pet for me until I can get to the shelter?

No. We operate on a first come first serve basis. Our adoptions are on a same day send home process. Read our complete adoption process here


Does filling out an adoption profile on line hold a pet for me?

No. The adoptionapplication can be filled out online ahead of time to save you time, but it does not hold a pet for you nor can we guarantee that the pet you are interested in will still be available when you arrive.  All adoption applications are subject to approval.


Is there anything else I can do to save time when I come to adopt?

Yes. To provide ample service to our adopting customers, adoption profiles must be submitted 15 minutes prior to closing. You can save time if you fill out the adoption application online before coming to the shelter.  Any dogs at home will be required to meet any of our adoption dogs so please bring your owned dog or dogs with you at the time of meeting an adoption pet. (cat and small animal interactions are NOT required)


Does the shelter require fenced yards for all adoption dogs?

No. We recognize that many people live in areas where fencing is prohibited and let's face it, many people love to get out and walk their dogs. Walking can give dogs the exercise and mental stimulation they need to be happy and healthy.


Can I take a pet home right away?

Yes. It is our policy to send a pet home with you on the day you adopt it to reduce the animals time spent in our shelter which reduces its stress level.


I live outside of Allen County. Can I still adopt an animal?

Yes! Anyone with an approved application can adopt from Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. 


Thank you for considering adoption!

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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