Fort Wayne, IN - With frigid temperatures in the upcoming forecast, Animal Care & Control is urging pet owners to take precautions and plan ahead. A new Fort Wayne City ordinance requires animals be brought into a temperature controlled structure when temperatures dip below 10 degrees and/or when a wind chill warning has been issued by a local, state or national authority. It’s also important to remember that animals cannot remain outside longer than 15 minutes without access to adequate shelter and potable water no matter the temperature, according to city ordinance.

Animal Care & Control is offering free straw to any Fort Wayne City resident in need of animal bedding during these cold days of winter.  Pet owners are urged to continually monitor the needs of pets and the temperature whenever the animals are outdoors. The shelter has a limited supply of community cat houses available for providers free of charge.

The shelter offers these additional winter pet care tips –

  • An animal that spends time outside must have access to a proper shelter specifically designed for an animal.  The shelter must be free of leaks to wind, snow, and rain.  Face the opening of the shelter to the east or south away from prevailing winds or fasten a heavy door flap to the top of the doorframe.  When temperatures dip below 10 degrees and/or a wind chill warning is issued the animal must be brought into a temperature controlled structure.
  • Monitor temperatures and bring the animal inside to a temperature controlled structure when temperatures dip below 10 degrees and/or a wind chill warning is issued.
  • Use straw or cedar chips for bedding. Towels, blankets and hay are insufficient because cloth draws moisture and hay will mold.
  • Insulate the animal's house and raise it several inches above the ground with concrete blocks to prevent snow from drifting inside.  Frame the elevated area with boards or sand bags to prevent winds from gusting under the animal's house.
  • Animals need extra food to help generate enough body heat to stay warm and must have unfrozen water to drink at all times.  A heated water bucket is a great investment. 
  • All dogs and cats living within the city must wear the required city pet registration tag on a properly fitted leather or nylon collar. 
  • Keep all cats inside.  Those who spend time outside can experience frostbite, or become lost or injured.
  • Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach following cold weather walks.  Dogs can easily ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking their paws.  Check paws for cuts caused by snow or encrusted ice.

The shelter also wants to remind residents that if you see something, say something. Never hesitate to call the shelter regardless of the day or time to report an animal in need of help within the city. Call 260-427-1244 during normal business hours or 260-449-3000 after hours and on weekends. Your call could mean the difference between life and death for an animal in need.

Janaury 2, 2019 - New hours, permit pricing and services go into effect January 2 at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control.

The business office will be adding an hour of service to better accommodate residents. The business office is used for owners wishing to surrender their pets to the shelter, lost and found pets, pet registrations and law enforcement issues. A complete list of new hours for both the business office and adoption center are listed below. The adoption center will be closing at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays starting in 2019.

Business Office:

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Adoption Center:

Closed Mondays

Noon – 5:30 p.m. Tues, Thurs, Friday

Noon – 6 p.m. Wednesdays

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. First and Third Saturday of Every Month

In an effort to focus on public safety concerns, starting January 2 Animal Control Officers will no longer pick up animals owners wish to surrender out in the field. In the month of November 223 animals were surrendered to the shelter by their owners, only 27 of which were surrendered in the field to officers. Owners will now be required to visit the shelter to surrender their animals. By discontinuing this service officers will be able to concentrate their efforts on emergencies while shelter staff will be able to gain a better understanding of why the owners need to surrender, refer them to available resources to keep their pet and gather more information about the animal entering the shelter.

To help pet owners that need to surrender their pets, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control recently teamed up with Adopt-a-Pet.com to help people rehome their pets without ever bringing them to the shelter. The free resource allows pet owners to adopt out their pets with assistance from Adopt-a-Pet.com’s staff. We do not recommend using Craigslist or social media sites like Facebook to rehome pets as they do not have an application process like Adopt-a-Pet.com.

The New Year brings changes to permit pricing specifically for breeders, groomers, pet shops and kennels. The new permit pricing is available here

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Thank you to the Petco Foundation for supporting our shelter!

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If 6,000 people donate $25 we can reach our goal of raising $150,000. 

 

This November we are celebrating a milestone, our 20th anniversary in this building.  There are no words to describe the gratitude we feel at the progress we’ve made in the last 20 years.  Gone are the days when we were so inundated with puppies we couldn’t place them all through rescues partnerships or our adoption program.  All breeds are welcome in our adoption center and we’re able to treat more medical issues than ever before.  Our community cat program is saving lives daily.  We’re growing by leaps and bounds but there is still so much to do. Take a moment and Paws for Progress to learn about how you can help us. Every animal deserves a second chance and we want to do everything in our power to help them, but we need your help.

 

 

 

When we moved into this building it was predicted to meet our needs until 2010.  We are definitely feeling growing pains as we expand our programs to save more lives.  In 2017 we hired our first full time veterinarian and veterinary technician.  As they hit their stride and settle into their positions we’re finding their progress is greatly inhibited by the inefficiencies of our medical area.

When the shelter was first built the surgery suite was created from an office.  The space has served us well for years but as we continue to place more and more animals through our adoption program we are limited by what we can do.  The small space allows for only one surgery table versus two which would enable us to greatly increase the number of surgeries we’re doing. 

The remodel will also allow us to grow in many areas, not just surgeries.  We can offer privacy to grieving owners as they come to our facility to surrender their pet or grieve with them in their final moments.  Our cruelty investigations will be conducted in a designated area, giving the best chance possible to be able to be a voice for the victims of these crimes.   Help us help the animals of our community.  

Help us give them the best chance at a second chance.

 

 

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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
260-427-1244
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
260-449-3000


General Contact Information:
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control
3020 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne IN 46808
260-427-1244
After 8 p.m. and on weekends and holidays, call 449-3000 for assistance.
Fax: 260-427-5514