The Scoop: Interview with Parks & Recreation Manager of Athletics and Aquatics: Jason Smith
Dog Parks


Exercise is an important part of keeping your pet healthy as well as stimulated. Taking your pet to the parks is a great way to help socialize them as well as burn off excess energy. Keep in mind all dogs must be on a leash when visiting the parks. Cleaning up and disposing your pets waste is also required when exercising your pet. Off-leash opportunities are available with a membership to the dog parks through the Parks and Recreation Department. You can learn more by visiting their website at

The Scoop on Animal Care & Control March 2017.  Topic this month: Dog Parks with guest Jason Smith, Parks and Recreation Manager of Athletics and Aquatics.

Many people find pets roaming and never give it a second thought. Others find them an immediately think: "This poor creature must need a home, a family and a warm place to stay". A pet left to roam is not safe. It could become sick or injured, get attacked by indigenous wildlife or worse! The truth is a domesticated animal (cat or dog) on the loose is likely lost. It may have darted out the door when the family went out to start the grill for dinner or slid out the open gate when the child ran to the bus stop. The escaped pet is terribly missed and loved by their family. So what SHOULD you do if you have found a pet? Here are some simple steps you can take to help reunite lost pets with their families:

  • Bring the pet to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control within 48 hours of finding to have the pet scanned for a microchip and to fild a FOUND report.

If the pet has identification, we can contact the owner and get the pet home right away! If the pet is not wearing identification or the I.D. information is not traceable, you have a few options as the finder.

You may choose to hold the animal in your own home. If no one comes forward to claim the pet within 30-days, you can become the legal owner. You can also choose to leave the pet with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. This will allow the owner 3-business days to com in and claim their pet.

  • (After reporting you found a pet) post the found pet on Lost Cats or Lost Dogs of Fort Wayne Facebook and other social media to spread the word that you have this pet in your possession or that is has been taken to Fort Wayne Animal Care Control.

Everyone loved their pets and if everyone takes responsibility, our pets can be kept safely at home or returned to home as quickly as possible.



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3020 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne IN 46808
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