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Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is back with its fifth annual fundraiser, Howl-O-Walkoween with the popular pet costume contest!

The 2023 Howl-o-Walkoween will be held Saturday, October 21st at Promenade Park Pavilion located in beautiful downtown Fort Wayne. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature a pet costume contest, a walk through Promenade Park, raffle prizes, several vendors, and much more!

Registration for the pet costume contest and walk is $30 for adults, $10 for children and $60 for a family four pack. Participants who register on or before September 1st will receive $5 off their total and will be entered in a raffle for a shelter visit. Registration will be available at the event as well.

In addition to the in-person events, there is an online clothing fundraiser featuring a design by Graphics by Sarah Nicole. The clothing fundraiser will run through the entire month of October at

This year’s guest of honor will be Joey. Joey is a two-year-old Brindle and Pit Bull mix who was saved by the good Samaritans of Fort Wayne earlier this year. When Joey was brought to the shelter, he needed immediate care. Joey was severely underweight, stained in urine, and had an arched back. One of our goals was to gain his trust, and when we did, his true personality blossomed! After all the teamwork and one-on-one attention Joey was available for adoption. Joey now has one dog sibling and two cat siblings to be friends with. He will now be forever loved and spoiled as he deserves.

All the money raised during the Howl-o-Walkoween will go directly toward the shelter’s efforts to end animal cruelty and neglect through education. Research has shown that there is a direct link between animal abuse and other types of abuse like domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse. Children who are abused or witness abuse are more likely to become abusers themselves, often starting by hurting animals. The Humane Education Department at FWACC works to stop the cycle of violence by teaching children compassion and empathy toward animals. The Humane Education Department’s program relies on donor dollars to reach thousands of children each year through its summer camps, reading program, teen programs, and much more.

To register for the event, learn about the costume contest categories, purchase a shirt from the clothing fundraiser or read more about Joey’s story click here.



Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Adoption Center will open the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for the rest of the year, hoping to find loving homes for shelter pets.

The following are the adoption fees for animals in the shelter:

  • $125 Puppies under 6 months old
  • $100 Small Dogs (Under 25 pounds) 6 months - 8 years
  • $100 Large Dogs (25+ pounds) 6 months - 5 years
  • $50 Senior Small Dogs (Under 25 pounds) 9+ years old
  • $25 Senior Large Dogs (25+ pounds) 6+ years old
  • $65 ”Pick Your Price” – grant has been awarded to help offset the costs, average adoption fee given has been $30.
  • $50 Ferret
  • $25 Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Rat, Cockatiel
  • $15 Hamster, Gerbil, Mouse, Parakeet

FWACC staff and volunteers do everything possible to ensure the shelter pets are well cared for and meet their needs. However, nothing beats the security of a loving home.

Our adoptions are first come, first serve, so we encourage adopters to arrive early. We are asking potential forever families to do the following so that they can take their new family member home right away:

  • If you have pets at home, we will require your dog(s) to MEET the potential adoption dog.
  • Bring in your ENTIRE family. Children 5 years of age and under will be required to meet the potential adoption animal.
  • If you are adopting a cat or small animal, no animal-to-animal interactions will be required.

Interested adopters can view available animals and fill out an adoption application at or fill out an application when they arrive at the shelter. Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is located at 3020 Hillegas Road.


In 2022, 1,242 animal bites were reported; 500 were animal victims and 742 were human victims. Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control received a $20,000 grant to support a four-session pet body language and behavior workshop to help reduce those numbers.

The grant was awarded to the shelter by Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program. This grant is to help cities assist pet parents facing challenges keeping and caring for their pets.

Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control’s initiative is to reduce bites while educating and supporting the ambitions of the Better Cities for Pets program to keep people and their pets together. The focus is reducing bites, avoiding euthanizing animals, and providing resources that create a safer community for citizens and pets.

“The body language and behavior workshop are designed with the intent to provide our community with the knowledge to learn how pets communicate. Our overarching goal is to reduce the number of bites that often occur because signals were missed or misread. Providing people with this awareness will help to keep people and their pets together while reducing the number of incidents resulting in a bite,” states Director Amy-Jo Sites.

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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