Permit for Animal Business or Animal Breeder located in the city of Fort Wayne

Application for all permits may be made at our business office, 3020 Hillegas Road, during normal business hours: Monday-Friday 11am-5:30pm, Wednesday until 7pm. For questions call 260-427-1244.

  • Grooming Establishment or Pet Shop Permit: $100

  • Major Breeder Permit: more than one litter in any household in 12 months. (dog or cat) Proper zoning may be is required. $200

  • Minor Breeder Permit: one litter in a 12 month period. The permit fee is reduced to $10 if the dog or cat is spayed after the birth of her litter. If not altered $100

  • Residential Kennel/Cattery Permit: $300 allowing up to 3 unaltered dogs/cats not exceeding total of 7 of altered/unaltered
  • Kennel/Cattery/Exhibitor Permit: more than three unaltered pets at one address. Proper zoning may be required.

    • 6-15 $150

    • 16-25 $250

    • 26 or more $350

  • Exhibitors Permit:  Any exhibitor owning or harboring up to five unaltered dogs or cats (not exceeding the total of 7  over the age of five months may register all animals annually under an Exhibitors Permit after showing proof of eight “Confirmation of Show Entry” forms issued by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club or other similar national registry association for the 12 month period preceding registration.  Other administrative requirements and care standards apply to this permit.  Interested parties may contact FWACC to discuss guidelines. $150


  • All events involving one or more animals and taking place within the Fort Wayne city limits require an Event Permit.

  • Permits are $100.  If the event is conducted by a non-for-profit agency the permit is complimentary.

  • All events are inspected by the Department of Animal Care and Control. 


Pet_Tags Register and Pay Online or Print a pet registration application to mail.

Q. What registration tags are required for city dogs and cats?

A. Your pet will need to wear two tags:  Rabies Vaccination Tag & Pet Registration Tag:

All dogs, cats, and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies in the state of Indiana beginning at the age of three months. The animal's first rabies vaccination is good for one year.  Dogs and cats may receive three year rabies vaccines after that.  Ferrets must continue to be vaccinated annually.

Each dog and cat in Fort Wayne is required by state law to wear a rabies tag issued by your veterinarian and a city registration tag which can be purchased from your veterinarian or from Animal Care & Control. The city registration is $5.00 for altered animals (Free if you are a senior citizen age 62+) and $100.00 for all unaltered dogs and cats. The permit is your pet's ticket home when found as it can be traced 24-hours a day, even when your veterinarian is closed. The different fee for intact animals is designed to address the issue of pet overpopulation and to move forward toward the euthanasia of fewer unwanted animals in the community. If you live in Allen County and need financial assistance to have your pet altered, call 427-1244 and ask about SNAP - the Spay Neuter Assistance Program. 

Lifetime Pet Registration:

Now available for pets that are both altered and microchipped. The lifetime registration is available from your veterinarian or at Animal Care & Control where your pet will be scanned to verify that the microchip and information traces to you and your current address. This information may already be on file with your veterinarian if that is where your pet was microchipped. A lifetime registration is $30. Senior citizens (age 62+) pay $5.

Adoption Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday

1st & 3rd Saturday of every month
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Adoption Office: 260-427-5502

Closed Mondays FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 30-minutes before closing to allow sufficient time for processing.

Business Office Hours (lost & found- receiving lobby- citations or other law enforcement concerns):

11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday
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