Animal Care Teens


Do you know a teenager age 13-17 who loves animals and is interested in working in an animal related career when they are older? This program is perfect for them! 


What is Animal Care Teens?

Our ACT program was created to allow teens to become involved in our shelter, while learning valuable animal related career information to help inspire and educate the teens in order to help them with their future career decisions.

Each meeting will take place one Saturday a month and in each meeting we learn about a different animal related career from a guest speaker. In past meetings we have learned about being a veterinarian, a farmer, and a dog trainer - specifically with dog agility. The meetings typically last 1 to 2 hours and meet on a Saturday afternoon. 

The meetings will either be here at FWACC 3020 Hillegas Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 or will be at the guest speaker's place of work. We do not provide transportation; each teen is responsible for having transportation to the off site location. When registration is open, you will see the location of the meeting when you sign up.  


New this year:

  • Each meeting will be opened to any teen ages 13 to 17 years old
  • Pick and choose which sessions to attend based on your interests
  • We’ve created a much more “immersive” experience! (Check out our upcoming experiences below)
  • Registration will be $10 per meeting


 **Due to a high rate of no-shows and limited slots per session we have updated our attendance policy. If a teen is a no-show (no prior notification that they will not attend) for TWO sessions they will not be able to register for 3 months and will not get a refund. Each session has several teens waitlisted and we want to make sure teens who are interested in the sessions are able to attend. A full refund for sessions will be granted as long as we are notified at least 48 HOURS in advance so we can fill your spot with waitlisted teens. No refund will be issued within 48 hours of the program.**

Upcoming Animal Care Teen Sessions:

Click here to register 

Interested in a career as a Dog Groomer?

Saturday, October 9th

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control

Teens will get a firsthand look at this exciting and popular career! A groomer from Paws n Claws will demonstrate how to properly groom a dog and how to get started in this profession. 



Interested in a career as a Dog Trainer?

Saturday, November 6

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control

In this exciting session we will be learning from a certified dog trainer and dog behavior consultant! Lindsay Pease from Better Behavior Consultants will share her expertise on dog behavior, dog training and proper training techniques at this session. This program is great for teens interested in pursing a career as a professional dog trainer or who just enjoy spending time with their dog and want to understand how they learn best. 



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 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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