fwacc av plainlong 1


FORT WAYNE, IN – Reflecting on 2021, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control continued to expand support programming to improve the quality of life for citizens and pets in the Fort Wayne community.

A pivotal change occurred in January that involved splitting the volunteer and foster coordinator position into two separate positions. This allowed the foster coordinator, along with the foster team, to focus strictly on the foster program and grow it to have a record-breaking year of lives saved.

The foster program expanded by 125 additional foster homes and saved the lives of 1,547 animals: up from 1,200 in 2020. The community’s willingness to help also allowed the shelter to save 180 neonatal kittens who require around the clock care.

This increase in the shelter’s foster program led to a need for increased adoptions, which resulted in yet another record-breaking year for the adoption program with 3,115 pets finding their forever homes.

The shelter completed the No Place Like Home Challenge in March which encouraged citizens of Fort Wayne to be proactive pet owners by ensuring their pets were microchipped, information was up-to-date, and they were familiar with what to do if their pet goes missing. This contributed to a notable Return to Home rate of 59% for dogs and 8% for cats. This may seem low, but it is significantly higher than national averages at 17% for dogs and 2.5% for cats, according to national database Shelter Animals Count.

In a continued effort to build a kinder, more humane community full of animal advocates, the shelter’s humane education team expanded their educational programs for children. Instead of two weeks of summer camp, six weeks are now offered, in addition to the creation of one-day fall, winter, and spring break camps.

As the largest open access animal shelter in Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control has an immense responsibility to maintain public safety while saving as many lives as possible. FWACC cannot turn any animal away even if kennel space is full. 

This is what drives the shelter to become better every single day for the community and their pets. FWACC could not continue to have record-breaking years without the community’s support.  

In 2022, FWACC will strive to continue to be a positive resource for the citizens of Fort Wayne, the animals that have nowhere else to go, and for the animals in their homes where they are already loved.

Visit fwacc.org to learn more about Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control.

Animal Care 2021 Statistics:

  • 10,686 animals (1,042 is wildlife) came to the shelter in 2021
  • 1,908 animals returned to their owners
  • 1,589 animals surrendered to the shelter by their owners
  • 1,047 animals transferred to rescues/other shelters
  • 918 Community Cats returned to colonies
  • 3,115 animals adopted
  • 1,551 animals sent to foster homes
  • 200 active foster families
  • 11,377 volunteer hours
  • 291 active volunteers
  • 2,472 animals euthanized at owner’s request and for medical or behavioral reasons
  • $10,000 grant from The Kitten Lady – Orphan Kitten Club to support the foster program
  • $1,500 individual kitten grant from Orphan Kitten Club to save Cece, a kitten who needed surgery on both of her eyes
  • $25,000 grant from Best Friends Animal Society to cover the cost of additional life-saving staff and supplies for the foster program

Community Outreach Data and Highlights from 2021:

  • Animal Control Officers responded to 19,123 calls for service
  • Animal Control Officers responded to 1,822 calls of suspected animal cruelty and neglect
  • Eight offsite adoption locations for adoptable cats that allowed more space in the shelter
  • FWACC became Orphan Kitten Club partners
  • 780 children participated in the shelter’s humane education programs
  • FWACC staff witnessed a reunion between a dog missing for eight years and his owners thanks to a microchip
  • 34.87% of pet owners who made appointments to surrender their pet decided to keep their pet or rehome outside of the shelter after receiving services through FWACC’s pet retention program




Roscoe came to us in a condition no living creature should ever have to experience. He was covered in fleas, mats, and feces and urine. He suffered from severe dental disease and had a heart murmur.

This little guy, despite all he had been through and despite his horrible condition, he was the sweetest little man and so full of love.

We got to work right away. We treated his fleas. We cut away his painful mats. We soothed his irritated, angry skin.


We were able to get him an appointment to get his severe dental disease under control. We were also able to get him in to a cardiologist so an adopter would know exactly what they were dealing with.

All of this is thanks to the amazing humans who donate to our angel fund.

Here is Roscoe in his adopted home. He knows love. He knows what it means to be part of a family. This is what makes it all worthwhile.

Click here to make a lifesaving difference for the animals in our care! 

Rosscoe 4






microchip search

*This is not a microchip registry - it will not show pet owner information. This is a tool to help you know which microchip company to contact to verify and update information linked to your pet's microchip.*



A microchip is a small permanant form of identification placed under an animal's skin on the back of their neck. Owner's information is linked to the chip and can be accessed with a microchip reader. 



You can bring your pet to the shelter to check for a microchip, your veterinarian's office or get it checked at any Petco store. If your pet is microchipped it's important to ensure the information linked to the chip is accurate so you can be contacted in case of an emergency. 



If you know your pet's microchip number you can click the button above to determine which company your chip is through. You will then contact the company directly or Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control to update the information linked to your pet's microchip. 



You can bring your pets to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control to get them microchipped for just $15 during normal business hours! Call 260-427-1244 to learn more. 


Director Amy-Jo Sites


Adoption Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday

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.

WebsiteBadge Color

BCFP Better City for Pets Seal

orphan kitten club

BPF Logo