Many people find pets roaming and never give it a second thought. Others find them and immediately think, "This poor creature must need a home, a family and a warm place to stay!" A pet left to roam is not safe. It could become sick or injured, get attacked by indigenous wildlife, or worse! The truth is a domesticated animal (cat or dog) on the loose is likely lost. It may have darted out of a door when the family went out to start the grill for dinner or slid out of an open gate when a child ran to the bus stop. The escaped pet is terribly missed and loved by their family. So what SHOULD you do if you find a pet? Here are some simple steps you can take to help reunite lost pets with their families:

  • Bring the pet to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control within 48 hours of finding it to have the pet scanned for a microchip and to file a FOUND report.

If the pet has identification, we can contact the owner and get the pet home right away! If the pet is not wearing identification or the I.D. information is not traceable, you have a few options as the finder.

You may choose to hold the animal in your own home. If no one comes forward to claim the pet within 30 days, you can become the legal owner. You can also choose to leave the pet with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. This will allow the owner 3-business days to come in and claim their pet.

  • (After reporting you found a pet) post the found pet on Lost Cats or Lost Dogs of Fort Wayne on Facebook and other social media to spread the word that you have this pet in your possession or that is has been taken to Fort Wayne Animal Care Control.

Everyone loves their pets and if everyone takes responsibility, our pets can be kept safely at home or returned to home as quickly as possible.



Special Events

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"Take me out to the ball game!" 

Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control is thrilled to have partned with our hometown Fort Wayne

TinCaps this baseball season! 

Join Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control at one or more of the TinCaps games below for our 2024 Ticket Fundraiser! A portion of each ticket sold through the link provided below will benefit our shelter:

Friday, April 12
Wednesday, May 15
Wednesday, June 19
Wednesday, July 31
Wednesday, August 14
Thursday, September 5
Howl-O-Walkoween is a fun pet/family event, with a costume contest,parade around the park, raffle prizes, pet portraits, a food truck, adult 
beverages, vendors and music!
This event directly benefits our Humane Education programs for the
youth of our community. Our Humane Education department runs solely
off of generous donations and grant funding. It is our mission to teach children
to be empathic and compassionate towards animals, learn about pet responsibility,
dog and cat behavior, and so much more all to help break the cycle of violence
and cruelty towards animals.
If you or a business you know is interested in being a sponsor, vendor, or donor at
our event, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Barks and Mews Gala

The Barks and Mews Gala is a fundraiser for FWACC Angel Fund. The Angel Fund is what provides our animals life-saving and critical medical care. Being Northeast Indiana's largest open access shelter, we cannot turn away animals brought to us from Allen County - no matter the condition they are in. Because of this, we dip into our Angel Fund almost daily to help the animals that have no other place to go. We are here for them and we hope you are too!

This very special event will be taking place on Saturday, February 22, 2025 at 6 PM at The Hangar at Kruse Plaza. This event features a silent auction, wine pull, presentations, awards, dinner and drinks, and music!
If you or a business you know is interested in being a sponsor, vendor, or donor at our event, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or click here and select "Become a Sponsor." 

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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