If you have a dog that spends most of its time outside and a good portion of that time chained, make a pledge to train your dog to be an inside companion.  Doing so will improve your dog's quality of life and give you the friend that dogs strive to become.

Dogs are naturally social animals.  They thrive when given the chance to interact with people and other animals. In the wild, dogs and wolves live, eat, sleep, and hunt with a family of other canines.  Dogs are genetically predisposed to live in a group.

On a chain, a dog suffers

  • A dog kept chained alone suffers immense psychological damage.
  • Continuous chaining leads to neurotic, anxious, and often aggressive behaviors.
  • The neck of a chained dog often becomes raw or suffers from an embedded collar, the result of constant yanking and straining to escape confinement.
  • Chained dogs frequently become entangled in their chains and are unable to access food, water, and shelter.

Help your dog to become well-adjusted

  • Give your dog opportunities to interact regularly with people and other animals.
  • Provide daily walks in parks and neighborhoods for physical and mental exercise.
  • Keep your dog well bushed and bathed. Seek advice from a professional groomer on nail and ear care.
  • Learn how to properly crate train your dog while acclimating him to inside living.
  • Enroll in one of our free Pet Parenting classes to receive advice and additional tips and tricks

Adoption Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 7:00 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. - 5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday
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