Walking dogs is just plain fun. They make me laugh out loud at their antics in the pooch playground. I especially like it when they hop up on the bench next to me when we sit down to rest and insist on some good attention. ~Ken O.

I volunteer because I want to make a difference in my community. It is such a rewarding experience that allows me to help animals find a forever home all while showing them love. I get paid in wagging puppy tails and purring cats! That goes to show the saying is true, the best things in life are free! ~Krystal A.

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Volunteering is all about educating people; responsibilities, breed characteristics, simple care, and loving an animal.  It’s about match making for the good of the people and their adopted friends.

It’s about the tears for a lost animal, the joy of a furry friend, the delight of a child holding their new buddy, the satisfaction of a good match and the chance for a new home and new beginning for all.

It’s about doing good with no pay or accolades other than a smile, a hug and a lot of wet kisses.

Volunteering is about the satisfaction of saying goodbye to a happy family with their newly adopted pet.  Mostly, the second chance made possible for all our animals, all with big hearts wrapped in fur. ~ Marty L.


I started volunteering with my little sister about four years ago, mainly because I wanted to do something besides school that I could easily fit around my schedule (and working with the animals is a huge perk!). I stayed because it's always a joy to see an animal go home and I love working with the other volunteers and staff. I believe in what we do. ~Mary M.



Rebecca GremauxMy experience over the years as a volunteer at Animal Care & Control has been rewarding and fun. I have participated in the dog wash program as well as the headstart training program. I love working with the dogs.  They each have their own personalities and teach me something new every time I work with one of them. I like to think they are here to teach me about my own humanity. One of the many rewards of volunteering is that I met some of the best people. When you care for the animals, you show that you have a big heart and a willing spirit. I am truly grateful for my volunteer experience. ~Rebecca G.


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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