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 fwacc.org 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.

Give Greater Allen County


On Thursday, April 20 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. FWACC is joining an Allen County giving movement. Give Greater Allen County is a one-day, 12-hour initiative that fosters individual philanthropy in Allen County, Indiana. The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne will be hosting this event. During this day of giving, we'll use the power of community to encourage individuals and businesses to support the nonprofits and causes they're passionate about and who impact our community daily. Together, our donations will address the community's needs by providing financial resources that affect lasting change.

Join us as we go live with our personal "Donations with Delaney."

Click here to visit our page. 

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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