Janaury 2, 2019 - New hours, permit pricing and services go into effect January 2 at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control.

The business office will be adding an hour of service to better accommodate residents. The business office is used for owners wishing to surrender their pets to the shelter, lost and found pets, pet registrations and law enforcement issues. A complete list of new hours for both the business office and adoption center are listed below. The adoption center will be closing at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays starting in 2019.

Business Office:

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Adoption Center:

Closed Mondays

Noon – 5:30 p.m. Tues, Thurs, Friday

Noon – 6 p.m. Wednesdays

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. First and Third Saturday of Every Month

In an effort to focus on public safety concerns, starting January 2 Animal Control Officers will no longer pick up animals owners wish to surrender out in the field. In the month of November 223 animals were surrendered to the shelter by their owners, only 27 of which were surrendered in the field to officers. Owners will now be required to visit the shelter to surrender their animals. By discontinuing this service officers will be able to concentrate their efforts on emergencies while shelter staff will be able to gain a better understanding of why the owners need to surrender, refer them to available resources to keep their pet and gather more information about the animal entering the shelter.

To help pet owners that need to surrender their pets, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control recently teamed up with Adopt-a-Pet.com to help people rehome their pets without ever bringing them to the shelter. The free resource allows pet owners to adopt out their pets with assistance from Adopt-a-Pet.com’s staff. We do not recommend using Craigslist or social media sites like Facebook to rehome pets as they do not have an application process like Adopt-a-Pet.com.

The New Year brings changes to permit pricing specifically for breeders, groomers, pet shops and kennels. The new permit pricing is available here

Help protect Community Cats this winter by building these easy DIY shelters! These shelters provide great insulation to keep Community Cats safe and warm. For more tips on how to help Community Cats during the winter months click hereCommunity Cat Shelter 1

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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 - 6:00 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. - 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