Animal Care Teens

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Animal Care Teens (ACT) is a program put together by our Humane Education team that allows teens ages 13 to 17 to help the shelter pets and learn about animal related careers! 




Career as a Shelter Veterinarian 

***SOLD OUT***

Saturday, January 15 

Three time slots to choose from (8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. | 9:00 a.m.- 10:15 a.m. | 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.)

Location: Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control

 This session is perfect for teens interested in a career as a veterinarian or vet tech. Teens will go inside our triage area to see how the medical team preps animals for surgery then they will scrub up and go inside the surgery suite to observe our veterinarian perform surgery. *They will be viewing surgeries during this session*




Interested in a career as an Animal Control Officer?

Saturday, February 12

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control

Do you have an interest in criminal justice and helping animals? This session is for you! Get a firsthand look at what a typical day looks like for an Animal Control Officer at the largest open access shelter in Northeast Indiana. Teens will learn how officers collect evidence, document crime scenes and complete investigations. You'll also learn what types of calls our officers respond to and the educational background that helped them get to the careers they have today.



Interested in learning all about dog training and pet first aid?

Wednesday, March 23

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control

Join us mid-week for a special session learning all about training dogs and an overview of pet first aid. This fast-paced session is perfect for teens hoping to make extra money as pet sitters or interested in becoming a dog trainer after high school. They will leave with the confidence to understand proper training techniques and the basics of pet first aid. *This is NOT a pet first aid certification course*





- ACT is held one Saturday a month at the shelter or off-site 

- Registration is $20 - $25 per session

- You'll get to meet and learn from people currently working in a variety of animal-related careers

-  Each session will include a tour of the adoption center, making enrichment treats for the animals in our care, and meeting adoptable animals (starting January 2022) 


No-show/ Cancellation Policy:

Due to an increase in the number of no-shows per session, teens who do not show up to TWO sessions without notifying education staff will not be able to register for ACT programs for three months. We have a very long waitlist for each session and want to make sure that we're reaching teens who are interested in attending. 

A full refund will be issued to anyone who notifies staff at least 48 hours in advance of each program. Cancellations within 48 hours of the program will not be refunded. 

The Animal Care Teens inclement weather policy is as follows:

If the Fort Wayne Community Schools close due to inclement weather or if the Mayor declares a snow emergency on a scheduled ACT meeting, the Animal Care Teens will also be cancelled. 



Questions?  Contact the 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

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