City of Fort Wayne – Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is temporarily closing its adoption center starting Wednesday, March 25 and urging citizens to keep their pets if at all possible during the “stay at home” order.

We must work together to reduce the number of animals entering the shelter at a time when they cannot leave through our adoption program. The shelter is asking anyone not in an immediate crisis to keep healthy pets in their homes. Animals with severe medical needs, injuries or pose a safety risk to people and pets in the home are an exception.

The Adoption Center will reopen once the “stay at home” order is lifted April 8. Essential staff will still be reporting to the shelter to care for the animals.

At this time we do not need emergency fosters to house animals. We will work with staff and current fosters if animals need to move into foster homes for space.

The business office will still be open during normal hours 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday with limited access to the public. Animal Control Officers will still be available to respond to emergency calls reported to 427-1244 option 1 or 449-3000 on weekends and after hours.


Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is continuing to provide the best possible services to members of our community and provide the best care to animals in our shelter. 

To reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 we have adjusted our processes to implement social distancing to protect the health of our employees and the public who come into our building.

We are already operating near capacity and it’s important we work together to reduce the number of animals coming into our shelter. Due to social distancing and more people opting to stay home we are anticipating a decrease in adoptions meaning animals will be staying here longer, taking up space that used to quickly become available.

To help us combat this problem we are encouraging everyone to make sure their pet is wearing identification tags with contact information on them. This will allow our officers in the field to return your pet directly to you without taking up vital space in our kennels. If your pet is microchipped make sure the information is up-to-date and accurate.

Please note that if you’ve lost or found a pet we will still be providing those services, but may ask you to wait outside for a moment as we will be limiting the number of people in our building at one time to ensure we can all adhere to social distancing guidelines.

We are encouraging anyone who wants to surrender their animal to the shelter to reconsider. As an open access shelter we cannot turn animals away, but if we have no space in our kennels or our adoption center we will be faced with having to euthanize for space. Our staff will be working with those looking to surrender to see how they can help alleviate the situation they are in and find a way for that animal to stay in the home at least until we are able to operate all services normally.

Anyone with respiratory symptoms, fever or possible exposure should not come into our building. If you have a question about services please contact our front office at 427-1244 option 1.

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Director Amy-Jo Sites


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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