At Home With Your Small Animal

We are so glad you chose to adopt from the shelter! Our goal is to not only find loving homes for our small animal, but to keep them there! Whether you’re new to caring for a small animal or a seasoned pro we hope this information will help you settle into life with your new pet.


  • Create a space for them
    • There are a lot of options when it comes to how you can house your rabbit. Whether you give them their own room, fence off a portion of your home or house them in a cage – be sure to bunny proof their space. Click HERE for more housing and bunny proofing information.
  • Grooming
    • It’s important that you groom your rabbit! Rabbits groom themselves regularly like other animals, but it’s important you help too. Too much self-grooming can lead to health issues if they ingest too much hair. To learn more about grooming click HERE.
  • For more information on diet, enrichment, litter training and much more click HERE.
  • View our rabbit care guide pdfHERE.


Guinea Pigs

  • Make sure their cage is big enough
    • To ensure your newly adopted guinea pig thrives in your home – you want to make sure their space is big enough. Guinea pigs like to run around and explore since it is their natural instinct. The bigger the floor space, the better! 
  • Provide nutritious food
    • It’s important guinea pigs eat a healthy diet. This includes a good quality pellet, timothy hay and fresh produce.
  • Clean regularly
    • You should scoop clean your guinea pig’s cage every day and do a total dump weekly. If left in uncleaned conditions, guinea pigs can quickly develop health problems such as upper respiratory infection or bumblefoot that will need to be treated with a veterinarian. 
  • Let them run!
    • Guinea Pigs NEED to spend at least an hour outside of their cage every day in a space indoors! Exercise is crucial to keep them happy and healthy – just like us!
  • To learn more about caring for your guinea pig, you can view our guinea pig care guide pdfHERE. 



Other Small Animals

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If you have any questions about your newly adopted small animal, you can contact the adoption center and speak to a staff member at 260-427-5502 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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 Mondays FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 15-minutes before closing to allow sufficient time for processing.

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Business Office Hours (lost & found pets, 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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