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At Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control we rely on donated goods to help make each animal's stay as stress-free and quick as possible. While we are a municipal shelter supported by city funds, not all aspects of our programming are supported through our budget. All of the supplies for our foster program, humane education program, toys, treats, enrichment supplies, canned food and so much more is only possible because of generous donations from our community.

Check out what items we need most here at FWACC and view our Amazon wish list that allows you to ship donations directly to us! 


Shelter Amazon Wishlist

Foster Amazon Wishlist



Below is a list of common household items we would love:

Toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls - We use these cardboard rolls to make enrichment treats for our dogs, cats, and rabbits/guinea pigs.

Plastic grocery bags - We use these when our volunteers are scooping our cats' litter boxes.

Egg cartons - We use these to make cat and dog enrichments. 

Tissue boxes - We also use these in a similar way as the egg cartons. 



Below is a list of items that we cannot use here at the shelter.

Thank you so much for thinking of us! We appreciate your support. 

Pillows - hard to wash multiple times in our machines - can also be ripped up

Large Dog Beds - unable to fit in washing machines properly

Comforters with filling - dogs rip it apart and stuffing becomes a hazard 

Fitted Sheets - we DO need flat sheets!

Cat Trees/Towers - cannot be properly disinfected for new cats to use it multiple times

Crocheted Blankets - nails get snagged/stuck in the holes

Pet Clothing - putting clothes on animals can be a scary experience in the setting of a shelter where they are already confused/scared 

Insulin Syringes

Expired Medications

Dog Shampoo

Prong, Choke or Shock Collars

Wire Crates

Broken crates, cages or aquariums



While we are always in need of wet dog and cat food, we do not need dry food donations since we have a partnership with Hill's Science Diet. All donations of dry food are taken to Humane Fort Wayne's Pet Food Pantry that gives community members pet food free of charge. You can learn more about that program on their website


For further questions regarding donations to our shelter, you may contact our Fund Development Manager Nicole King by calling (260) 427-5548 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Thank you for your generosity! 


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.

Adoptions number:


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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