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This Giving Tuesday Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is encouraging residents to help animals in need. Your generous monetary donations and donated goods are greatly appreciated by both the staff and the animals at the shelter. We rely on donations to help provide medical care to the animals, education programs to the public and to help make the animals more comfortable during their time here at the shelter to just list a few.

There are several different funds you can donate to here at the shelter. All of your donated dollars go directly to the fund you choose. Below is a list and description of the different areas in need of donations.To make a monetary donation click here.

If you are interested in donating goods to the shelter there are many items on our wish list below! Items can be dropped off at the shelter during normal business hours. You can also find our wish list on Amazon and have items shipped directly to the shelter. To view our Amazon wish list click here.

From the bottom of our hearts, we all thank you for your continued support of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control and your compassion for the animals in need. Happy holidays!

Support a Program

Paws for Progress: We are working to improve the lives of the thousands of animals that come through our shelter's doors every year. We are working to raise funds to help cover the costs of updating and remodeling our medical area. Click here to learn more about our Paws for Progress campaign and to donate today. 

Animal Care Fund: Administered by the Animal Control Commission, a citizens' advisory commission appointed by the mayor and city council - this account is appropriate for wills, bequests and donations towards broader shelter projects supporting all divisions of our department. If you would liek to help but aren't sure where to direct your funds the commission will ensure they are spent responsibly through the Animal Care Fund. 

Angel Fund: Donations to our Angel Fund create lifesaving options for the animals in our care who have advanced medical needs including broken bones, heartworm disease and ental disease, or extra care due to cruelty or neglect. This fund also covers basica medical needs and provides preventative care through vaccines, veterinary services, medical supplies and equipment need for enforcement purposes. 

Adoption Fund: Donations to our Adoption Fund enable us to purchase much needed items for the comfort, mental stimulation, training and placement of adoptable animals. This fund is also used to help train, recruit and purchase supplies for our volunteers and fosters who selflessly donate their time and energy to help save and enrich the lives of the many animals in our care. 

Community Outreach: Our presence throughout the community, in schools, youth centers, libraries, in the media and the Web are made possible by donations. Donations to this fund help us provide education to promote kindness and compassion toward animals, prevent animal cruelty and neglect, promote adoptions, increase responsible pet guardianship, provide humane education programs, seminars, and keep children safe through animal safety education.

Critter Care Fund: Donations to this fund help us provide items to enrich the lives of the stray and adoptable animal population in our care. This fun also helps us provide special food for small animals, farm animals, and wildlife as well as providing straw and outdoor housing for our community cat program, and various other speciality items to assist with the care of the animals.

Pet Retention Fund: Our Pet Retention Fund helps Fort Wyane families maintain care of their pets should they temporarily fall on difficult times. Through support with spay and neuter assistance and minor preventative care needs we can keep pets with their families and out of the shelter. 


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Click HERE to support Paws for Progress!


If 6,000 people donate $25 we can reach our goal of raising $150,000. 


This November we are celebrating a milestone, our 20th anniversary in this building.  There are no words to describe the gratitude we feel at the progress we’ve made in the last 20 years.  Gone are the days when we were so inundated with puppies we couldn’t place them all through rescues partnerships or our adoption program.  All breeds are welcome in our adoption center and we’re able to treat more medical issues than ever before.  Our community cat program is saving lives daily.  We’re growing by leaps and bounds but there is still so much to do. Take a moment and Paws for Progress to learn about how you can help us. Every animal deserves a second chance and we want to do everything in our power to help them, but we need your help.




When we moved into this building it was predicted to meet our needs until 2010.  We are definitely feeling growing pains as we expand our programs to save more lives.  In 2017 we hired our first full time veterinarian and veterinary technician.  As they hit their stride and settle into their positions we’re finding their progress is greatly inhibited by the inefficiencies of our medical area.

When the shelter was first built the surgery suite was created from an office.  The space has served us well for years but as we continue to place more and more animals through our adoption program we are limited by what we can do.  The small space allows for only one surgery table versus two which would enable us to greatly increase the number of surgeries we’re doing. 

The remodel will also allow us to grow in many areas, not just surgeries.  We can offer privacy to grieving owners as they come to our facility to surrender their pet or grieve with them in their final moments.  Our cruelty investigations will be conducted in a designated area, giving the best chance possible to be able to be a voice for the victims of these crimes.   Help us help the animals of our community.  

Help us give them the best chance at a second chance.



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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