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Animals picked up stray throughout Allen County are delivered to the city shelter for reclaim by city and county residents. Animals brought to the shelter will be held for three business days before ownership is transferred to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control if they are unclaimed. 



1. File a missing pet report online OR call 427-1244 during normal business hours

  •       Dog
  •       Cat
  •       Small Animals
  •       Be as detailed as possible when filling out a lost animal report, including if your pet is microchipped and is wearing identification tags. 

2. File a report in person at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control

  • Come to the shelter located at 3020 Hillegas Road during normal business hours and we will help you complete a lost report. Be prepared to give a detailed description of your lost pet. Bring a photo of your pet with you to help us better assist you. We are no longer doing kennel walk-throughs, so please bring a photo of your pet so we can identify them. 

3. View photos of animals that have been brought into the shelter

4. Use the power of social media!

  • Local organizations like Lost Dogs of Fort Wayne and Lost Cats of Fort Wayne are great resources to help find your missing pet. 

5. Hang signs around your neighborhood (and more tips!)

  • Hanging posters with your pet's photo and your contact information around your neighborhood is a great way to catch the attention of your neighbors. 
  • Put out some of your pet's belongings!
    • Dogs and cats have an incredible sense of smell and might pick up on their scent.
    • Put out their food and water bowl, their bed and litter box (if you're missing your cat)


Please Note: Submitting a lost report does not guarantee that we will call you if your pet comes in. Unless the pet is microchipped or has a valid ID tag on its collar when found we may not know the animal is your pet.


If you're animal was brought to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control by an Animal Control Officer or a good samaritan you may relcaim it at the shelter located at 3020 Hillegas Road. Our business office is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  • You must physically come to the shelter to claim your animal
  • A photo ID, such as a driver's license is required to redeem your pet
  • Additional proof of ownership, such as the pet's picture, microchip verification, and/or vaccination records may be required
  • There are fees to reclaim your pet. They are as listed below:
        First redemption                                    $15 
        Second redemption                               $50 
        Third redemption                                   $75
        Fourth and subsequent redemption      $100


The best way to ensure your lost pet gets home to you if found is to keep it's microchip information up-to-date. Click HERE to learn how!

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control offers microchipping for just $15! 


Don't rely on your lost pet report and our website to determine if your pet is at the shelter. We recommend you continue to watch our website as animals are brought in every day. Keep an eye on social media sites like Lost Dogs of Fort Wayne or Lost Cats of Fort Wayne. 


Stray/Lost Animals

  • A stray animal is held by Animal Care & Control for a minimum of three business days, the first day does not count if the animal arrives during business hours. Weekends and holidays are not considered in the count. For example, if your pet is picked up on a Wednesday after 11 a.m., it will be available for reclaim until 5:30PM on Monday. At that time, the city owns the animal and may then evaluate it for the adoption program or transfer the animal to a partner rescue agency/shelter. Animals that show signs of advanced illness or aggression or have needs beyond available resources are not eligible for these options.
  • Free roaming cats without acceptable identification which have been impounded or trapped in the community may be deemed a potential Community Cat by the Department and/or partnering Animal Welfare Orgainzationss based on age, health and behavior. Such cats may be transfered to partnering Animal Welfare Organizations for reintegration back into the community or placement in a barn cat program. A cat identified as an existing Community Cat may be immediately returned to the community and exempted from the legal hold period. 

Found Animals

  • When animals are found and wearing identification, the owners are notified immediately and when possible, pets may be returned directly to their homes.

Adoption Animals

  • We do not put time limits on animals in our adoption program. As long as they stay socially and medically healthy, they stay in the program until adopted.

Injured Stray/Lost Animals

  • Animals that are found stray injured and without identification will be medically evaluated and may be euthanized to prevent further suffering prior to the end of the legal holding period according to the city ordinance.




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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