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Our goal at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is to help keep pets in their homes where they are already loved. Over the years we have witnessed many pets surrendered to the shelter because of behavior problems in the home. Our goal with the Behavior Help program is to connect dog owners with a certified positive trainer early to help address problems in the home and help develop a stronger relationship with their dog. 



Dog owners can fill out a quick questionnaire then you will immediately receive an email with a $50 certificate that can be used toward training (be sure to check your junk mail folder). A list of eligible trainers is on the training certificate along with their contact information. Once you review and choose a trainer, you will contact them directly to set up your training session(s). 

*Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control does not provide training or training classes. This program is designed to put pet owners directly in touch with private dog trainers in our area. 



Behavior Help Program



Anyone who lives in the Allen County and is needing assistance with their dog's behavior can fill out the questionnaire and receive a $50 certificate! We know that sometimes just connecting with the right trainer is the biggest hurdle to helping you and your dog work through issues. 

Common behaviors that trainers can help with are chewing, puppy basics, housebreaking, basic manners, jumping, excessive barking or general guidance for new pet owners. 



We work with certified professional dog trainers who use fun, positive methods of training. Once you complete a questionnaire, you will receive an email with the complete list of trainers and their contact information. Be sure to also check your spam/junk email folder for the certificate. 



Pet Explorer Day Camps are a great opportunity for kids 6 to 12 years old to learn all about the shelter! During the summer we have one week camp options available and during the spring, our Spring Break camps brings one-day camp options for your kiddos. 

A typical day at camp includes learning about the shelter, exploring animal-related careers, making treats for the animals in our care, playing games, crafts and of course - ANIMALS!



Thank you for a great week of spring break camp!  





Children may only attend one week of camp

Registration will go LIVE on Monday, March 4 at noon! 

Price: $150 (includes a camp t-shirt)

Camp runs from 9 am to 3 pm; drop off 8:50

Week 1 June 3 - 7 for ages 6-8 *SOLD OUT*

Week 2 June 10 - 14 for ages 6-8 *SOLD OUT*

Week 3 June 17 - 21 for ages 9-12 *SOLD OUT*

Week 4 July 8 - 12 for ages 9-12 *SOLD OUT*

Week 5 July 15 - 19 for ages 9-12 *SOLD OUT*

Week 6 July 22 - 26 for ages 9-12 *SOLD OUT*

Summer Camp 24




One-day Winter Camp

Coming in December 2024




***For the 2024 season, our teen buddy spots are filled for June 3-14 (6-8 year old camps), but we are still searching for teen buddies ages 15-18!***

Teens 13 to 18 years old can apply to be Teen Buddies to assist with camps. Teen Buddies serve as role models for campers, assist camp counselors with cleaning and prepping activities and help supervise the campers during animal interactions. 


  • New Teen Buddies can assist with one week of camp and returning buddies can request multiple weeks.
  • Teen Buddies are expected to help the entire duration of camp (9 am to 3 pm). 
  • Teen Buddies that are between the ages of 13-14 are only able to assist with our 6-8 year old camps (June 3-14) because they are too close in age to our 12-year-old campers in our 9-12 year old camps. 


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Questions? Email our Humane Education department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

or call (260) 427-5508




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Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is now providing animal control services to the residents of New Haven.

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control and the City of New Haven entered into an inter local agreement allowing officers to uphold New Haven’s city ordinances and respond to calls of stray dogs running loose, injured domestic animals, bite investigations, and reports of animal abuse and neglect.  New Haven does not currently have an animal shelter or capability to house animals. Prior to entering a contract with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, The City of New Haven contracted with Allen County Animal Control to pick up animals found stray and deliver them to the shelter. Now, calls regarding animals in the City of New Haven will be dispatched directly to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control haven presser

“More than 300 animals originating from New Haven were brought to us by citizens, Allen County Animal Control and/or a representative for the City of New Haven last year,” Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Director Amy-Jo Sites said. “We are pleased to be able to enter into this inter local agreement with the City of New Haven.  Other than barking and sanitation complaints, our officers will be providing field services to the residents of New Haven.  Since October 1st, our ACO’s have responded to almost 70 calls of service.”

Previously, animal issues in the City of New Haven were handled by volunteer reserve officers, code enforcement officers, full-time patrol officers and Allen County Animal Control. The City of New Haven has agreed to pay a prorated amount for the remainder of 2019 to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control and $48,578 in 2020. The agreement is to be reviewed every two years. 

“The City of New Haven is proud to be partnering with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control to provide quality service for our residents and pets,” New Haven Chief of Police Jeff McCracken said. “This partnership will provide our city with professional services from one entity that will include; containment of aggressive or stray animals, transportation of animals to the shelter and animal neglect/abuse investigations.”

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control officers have been granted authority to enforce New Haven’s ordinances, which have been updated to reflect current laws and animal needs. 

Animal Control Officers are on duty seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. to address concerns of animal welfare. Should citizens have the need to surrender their owned pet, they will be able schedule an appointment with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control located at 3020 Hillegas Road during normal business hours at no additional charge.

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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