The City Animal Care Ordinance specifies when dogs can be tethered outside and bans tethering dogs that have not been spayed or neutered.

Dogs are no longer allowed to be tethered between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.  During these hours dogs can be inside a fenced yard, kennel, or garage with a proper dog house.

  1. No dog under the age of six months and no dog that hasn't been spayed or neutered can be tethered at any time, day or night.
  2. Spayed and neutered dogs can be tethered between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., but no more than three may be tethered at the same time on one property.
  3. Multiple altered dogs may not have contact while they are tethered.The required six foot lead may not reach within three feet of another property, public thoroughfare, or right of way.

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