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Help your pets remain happy and healthy during the cold, winter months by following these measures. 


Keep your home humidified and towel-dry your pet as soon as they come inside. Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Be sure to remove any snowballs from between their foot pads and wash off the salt from their paws.

Give your horses shelter and dry warmth. This will help them escape from the wind and cold. If you have body-clipped your horses, keep them blanketed throughout the winter.

Keep water accessible and offer extra food. Extra food helps generate enough body heat to stay warm. Be sure their water is not frozen.

Keep you cats inside. Felines who spend time outside can experience frostbite or become lost or injured.

Tap your car hood. Neighborhood cats tend to seek warmth from the engine compartment, with many sleeping under car hoods for the night.



Never shave your dog down to the skin during the winter months. A longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim them to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals, and de-icing chemicals that can dry their skin. Don’t forget the haris between their toes. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting them a coat or sweater with a high collar that will cover them from the base of their tail to their belly. 

Never leave pets outdoors or in a vehicle. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured, or killed. Additionally, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather; cars can act as refrigerators that retain the cold and can cause animals to freeze to death.

Do not bathe often. Washing your pet too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky, skin.

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City of Fort Wayne – Giving Tuesday is a day to inspire the community to do good by sharing kindness and giving. This year, November 28, 2023, Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control is asking the community to share their generosity with shelter animals.

Being Northeast Indiana's largest open-access shelter, FWACC does not turn away animals brought to us from Allen County - no matter their condition. This year, over 11,000 animals have come to the doors of FWACC; whether they need additional medical care or go into a foster home because they are too small for adoption, saving their lives has only been possible through the Angel Fund.

The Angel Fund helps provide crucial life-saving medical care to the shelter animals, and it is utilized daily to help the animals that have no other place to go. This fund only exists because of generous donations from the community. Nearly $181,035 has been spent to help the animals in our care.

Our goal is that no healthy, treatable animals are put to sleep in our community. Donations can be made online by clicking here, in-person, over the phone at 260-427-1244 option 1, or mailed to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control at 3020 Hillegas Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46808.

Director Amy-Jo Sites


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 Monday, Saturday & Sunday FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 15-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. - 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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