Side view of front of machine
Photo shows the front cutter-head portion of the 400-foot TBM

This summer, a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) will arrive in Fort Wayne to dig a five-mile-long sewer tunnel in efforts to clean up our rivers. With a 20-foot diameter and a 400-foot length, the TBM will grind its way through bedrock to dig the tunnel. Now, we need your help to name this massive and vital worker!

Mining historians say that as far back as the 1500s, miners prayed to Saint Barbara for protection while working in the dark underground. As a result, most TBM’s are given a woman’s name. However, this trend is changing, and some TBM’s have received male or gender-neutral names. 

Over the last month, we’ve worked with local schools, neighborhood supporters, and staff members from City Utilities to come up with name ideas. Here are the finalists: 

  • Buster or Bedrock Buster: The machine digs deep underground. While digging, the machine “busts” through bedrock. The machine is designed to break apart rocks and tear through them.
  • Daisy or Daisy the Digger: During World War II, Fort Wayne’s professional women’s baseball team was named the Daisies. This name honors the groundbreaking and earthshattering role of the Daisies, who helped pave the way for women’s professional sports.
  • MaMaJo: A tribute to Fort Wayne’s three rivers, Ma from Mary, Ma from Maumee and Jo from St. Joe. Pronounced “Mama Jo.” The tunnel will help protect Fort Wayne's rivers.
  • Wayne the Worm: This combines the name of our city and the purpose of the machine, which is to dig the tunnel in bedrock just like a large worm would dig a tunnel in the earth.


Registration Open

We are so excited to announce our upcoming Summer Day Camps: Pet Explorers and Junior Pet Explorers!

Register is now closed for 2018 summer day camps.


- There are two camps available depending on your child's age

- Camps will run Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

- We will not have extended care available for the 2018 camp season

- Registration is $120

- Campers will recieve a fun Pet Explorers or Junior Pet Explorers t-shirt!

- The camp will take place at our shelter located at 3020 Hillegas Rd. 

- We are unable to accommodate children with severe allergies to animals as they are involved in many of activities

- There is a $20 cancellation fee per registrant

- Registration is on a first come, first serve basis!

- One of the highlights of the camp will be Animal Time! We have several different opportunities built into the day for campers to interact with and learn about our adoptable pets. We will also have guest speakers with interesting animals too! We will always consider the needs of our animals - and for that reason we cannot spend more than 2 hours a day interacting with animals. Most of our time will be spent learning how to be a responsible pet guardian, making treats for the shelter pets, exploring animal related careers, learning how to be safe around animals, playing animal games, creating animal crafts and learning how to be a advocate for animals in our community!

- Waitlist: If the camp you'd like to register your child for is full and you'd like to be placed on a waitlist please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the Subject line "Waitlist".















Teen Buddies

We are looking for teens who love kids and animals to help out with our Pet Explorers Summer Camps!

Teen Buddies will play an important role in helping camp counselors and they will be the campers' best friend for the week of camp! Teen Buddies WILL NOT directly handle animals. During the application process teens can choose which week(s) they'd like to help with. Following the application process, there will be an interview and required orientation for all Teen Buddies in the program. The application window closes May 18.

Registration to be a Teen Buddy is now closed. 


Questions about the summer camps or Teen Buddies? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pet Explorers Day Camp Forms (These forms can also be found on registration page)

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