Registration is now closed for our 2017/18 season.  Online registration for the 2018/19 season will begin July 1st.

WHAT IS IT?  Animal Care Teens (A.C.T.) is a program directed by the education department of Animal Care & Control and created in 1996 to offer students ages 13-17 an opportunity to ACT for animals and explore their personal career interests. As a member you will be joining other teens who share your career goal or hobby interest in animals. Together we will show our support and commitment to helping animals in the shelter and in the community.  We hope that the Animal Care Teens Program will inspire your own involvement and responsibility, while cultivating an atmosphere of caring.

HOW DOES IT WORK?  The program fee is $35.00 for the year and consists of meetings generally held the first and third Tuesday of each month from September - April plus an awards party.  A.C.T. meetings include guest speakers that present animal vocations, service projects, fieldtrips, and more! Read our ACT Frequently Asked Questions

WHY DO IT?  There are a number of advantages to joining the A.C.T. for Animals. One of the big reasons is that you will be meeting professional people who are already working on behalf of animals. They can help you as you make decisions about your future. Another advantage is that you will meet other students like yourself who want to make a difference for animals. These friendships can be a special connection.

Other advantages will come to you in the future as a college student and employee. Believe it or not, what you choose to do now in your spare time makes a difference later in your life. Employers and college recruiters look for people who have volunteered their time and have worked on special service projects. It shows what an outstanding individual you are! There are many teen clubs around the country whose members receive recognition for the wonderful things they do. We think our young people should too!

ACT Safety Conduct
ACTs are held to a high standard of conduct for the safety of participants and the safety of the animals in our care. Any student who repeatedly disregards safety rules such as opening animal cages without permission, entering areas that are off limits or going inside the cage of a dog will be excused from the program. ACT fees will not be refunded.

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 night, the Animal Care Teens will also be cancelled. When there is a school delay, Animal Care Teens will meet at the regularly scheduled time.

Questions?  Contact the 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 - 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