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How to adopt a pet

Deciding to adopt a pet is an exciting time for many families.  We would like to make this process as simple as possible.  Here are a few things to keep in mind before you come in to find your new family member. 

  • You may have one unaltered pet, all other pets must be spayed or neutered
  • You must be 18 years or older to adopt
  • We ask that you discuss adopting with all adults in the home


We ask that you bring the following with you when you come to adopt.

  • Family members under the age of five
  • If you are seeking to adopt a dog and have a dog at home, bring your dog in for an interaction

When you arrive you are able to walk through the adoption center and view our available pets.  After you find an animal you would like to meet, you will fill out an adoption profile, you are welcome to fill it out ahead of time and bring it with you.  All profiles must be submitted 30 minutes prior to closing.  Next, an adoption counselor will assist you in meeting the animal.  Should you decide this is the right pet for you, we will send the pet home the same day.

ADOPTION FEES: The adoption of your pet includes the following ($300 value)

  • First distemper combination vaccine
  • Heartworm test (dogs onlyFirst month of flea preventative during flea season
  • MicrochipStarter bag of food (science diet)
  • Donated Exam from participating Veterianarians

Please note the adoption fee does not include the pet registration for those residing within city limits. Click here to learn more about City Pet Registrations. 


 Pick Your Price Adoptions


 5 Months of age or younger                $100.00

 6 Months of age to 4 years of age        $85.00

 5 years of age & older                          $25.00 (old friends program grant made possible by the FWACC Commission)








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,
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