IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT OPERATIONS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE AT FORT WAYNE ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL
UPDATED JULY 27, 2020 : MASKS ARE NOW REQUIRED TO ENTER THE BUILDING.
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is continuing to provide the best possible services to members of our community and provide the best care to animals in our shelter.
To reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 we have adjusted our processes to implement social distancing to protect the health of our employees and the public who come into our building.
Our business office is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the state’s Stay at Home order. We have implemented several changes to how we are working with the public to ensure we can safely continue to provide our services and implement social distancing. The public will be asked to fill out all necessary paperwork outside of the building and then wait in their cars until a staff member calls you. Step-by-step instructions and paperwork will be posted in front of the business office doors each day.
Our essential staff members are still working to care for the animals in our shelter. From our frontline workers to our animal care staff we are doing our part to still provide an essential service to the community and care for the animals in need.
Are we still taking in stray animals?
Yes, however if you find a stray animal and are willing to keep it in their home until the owner is found we highly encourage that. You can notify the shelter to fill out a found report. We also encourage you to reach out to Lost Dogs of Fort Wayne on Facebook. They can help distribute information and photos of the found animal and assist with locating its owners.
Are we still taking in owner surrenders?
We are asking anyone who is not in an emergency situation to keep their pets at this time, however as the only open access shelter in northeast Indiana will not turn away animals. We can connect people to local resources to help them address problems such as vet care, food issues, training resources and much more.
Are animal control officers still responding to calls?
Our team of officers is still working to respond to emergency animal-related calls. All emergencies can be reported to our office at 427-1244 option 1 or 449-3000 during weekends and after 8 p.m. on week days.
Is the adoption center open?
Yes! In an effort to find the best possible outcomes for the animals in our care we are offering opportunities to help get animals out of the shelter. Currently the adoption center is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays noon to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays noon to 6 p.m. while remaining closed on Saturdays. Adoptions are still operating on a first-come, first-serve basis. We have implemented many safety precautions to protect the health of our staff and customers. To learn more click HERE to learn more about the changes in our adoption center.
Are you fostering animals in need?
We are fostering out animals HOWEVER we are only working with our list of existing foster families and staff. We appreciate everyone’s willingness to foster animals at this time and will provide any updates if we do need to expand our foster program.
Can my pets give me COVID-19?
According to the CDC the risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is low. There have been a small number of pets worldwide who have been infected by the virus. Those pets were in close contact with people infected by the illness. The CDC suggests:
- Do not let pets interact with other pets or people outside of the household
- Always walk your dog on a leash and practicing social distancing
- Avoid dog parks or public places where a large group of people and pets gather
For more information about CDC recommendations click HERE.
Include your pet in your emergency plans:
We are encouraging everyone to include their pets in their emergency plans in case you get sick. Plan out steps you and your family will take to ensure that your pet will be cared for if you are not able to do so. An easy way to do this is to check with friends and family and identify who will be responsible for your pet in that scenario. Next, gather a tote of the following items so they can quickly grab the essential items and limit contact. On the outside of the tote include the name and contact information of the person who should be contacted in an emergency to care for your pet.
- Vet records and contact information
- Microchip information
- Your name and contact information
- Food and treats to last about two weeks
- A leash and extra collar
- Any medications your pet takes and dosage information
- Food and water bowls
- A crate or carrier to transport your pet
- Daily care instructions
Taking extra steps now will save you time and stress when your family is working through a difficult time.
How can I help?
In an effort to protect the health of our staff, volunteers and the public we have temporarily suspended our volunteer program. We do encourage donations to help care for the animals in our care and animals spending more time in foster homes during this time.
Anyone with respiratory symptoms, fever or possible exposure should not come into our building. If you have a question about services please contact our front office at 427-1244 option 1.
Stay up-to-date on the situation in our community by clicking HERE.