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Permit for Animal Business or Animal Breeder 

Application for all permits may be made at our business office during normal business hours: 

  • Pet Shop Permit: $300

  • Grooming Establishment: $100

  • Residential Kennel/Cattery Permit: $400 for 1-2 unaltered dogs/cats $500 for 3 unaltered dogs/cats not exceeding total of 7 of altered/unaltered
  • 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

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

  • Exhibitor Permit: $300 for more than three unaltered pets at one address. Proper zoning may be required.

    • 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. 

  • Omnibus Permit$300
  • Late fee and/or reinstatement fee: $50


Register an Animal Event

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

  • Permits are $300.  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. 


For any questions, please call (260) 427-1244

Adoption Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. First Saturday of each month

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

It is our mission to serve our community in a humane, public safety capacity while working to keep pets with loving families by providing education opportunities and resources or facilitating re-homing or adoption when necessary.

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