Humane Education


*Due to COVID-19 many of our programs have been modified. Details about changes can be found on each program's page.* 

Welcome to Humane Education at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control!

We have been on a mission to teach empathy, compassion, and kindness to children in our community through animals for over 30 years. Our Humane Education team has the opportunity to offer a variety of educational programs in order to continue this mission. We create humane themed videos for our Kind Club Short series, host education programs at the shelter such as tours and camps, visit classrooms, create a monthly newsletter for teachers to use in their classrooms, and more! We also sponsor 450 Kind News magazine subscriptions for classrooms across the city - reaching thousands of students! If you'd like to learn more about one of our programs, please click on the icons below. 



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More About Why Our Team Exists 

Over the last two decades there have been numerous studies on what’s known as “The Link." Researchers have found significant correlations between animal abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse and other forms of violence. Animal abuse does not happen in a vacuum and a home where an animal is being abused is a strong indicator that others in the home are not safe. Not only that, but researchers have found that children who witness abuse toward animals are at a higher risk of become abusers themselves, thus continuing the cycle of abuse and violence. But that’s where we step in.

Our goal as humane educators is to intervene. We don’t just teach kids how to safely greet dogs, prevent bites and be responsible pet owners. We teach them to understand how animals might feel in different situations. We teach them empathy and believe that when children are more empathetic and show compassion toward animals – they, in turn, will also be more compassionate toward people they interact with too, thus stopping the cycle of violence.

There’s no denying this world needs compassion, empathy and kindness more than ever, so why shouldn't a place that takes in the broken, abused and homeless pets be the place where it's taught?

When you stand up for animals, you stand up for your neighbors. We hope you'll stand with us.



For Teachers: 

Humane Education Videos and Lesson Plans

Click here to check out episodes of "The Scoop" and "Petwise"




Questions? Contact the Humane Education department 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

Adoption Office: 260-427-5502

Closed Mondays FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 15-minutes before closing to allow sufficient time for processing. If you are interested in adopting a dog, please bring your dogs with you to the shelter for a meet-and-greet.

Business Office Hours (lost & found- receiving lobby- 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



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