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Are you looking for ways to help animals in your community? Let a furry friend crash at your place! Fostering plays a crucial role in saving the lives of ore than a thousand animals each year. By opening your home for a short period of time you can help save lifes too! 

 

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WHAT ANIMALS CAN I FOSTER? 

The majority of the animals in need of foster families are kittens. More than 1,200 animals have gone through the foster program in 2021. We occasionaly do need fosters for dogs with medical needs, litters of puppies and small animals. 

 

HOW LONG WILL I HAVE THE ANIMALS?

It depends on their needs! For kittens, they'll stay a few weeks to about a month until they reach 2 pounds and are ready to come back to the shelter for their spay or neuter surgery and then go into adoptions. If you are fostering an animal with special medical needs - it's case by case how long they will stay. Your foster coordinator will provide you with all the information when you take an animal home. 

 

WHAT IS MY FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY?

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control covers the cost of everything! We provide everything you'll need at home from food to supplies and we cover all medical costs. If you are able and would like to purchase some of the simple supplies you need at your home that's great!

 

WHAT IF I CAN'T FOSTER, BUT STILL WANT TO HELP? 

Since our foster program is funded solely from donations and a generous grant, you can always help us out by donating products our foster team is always restocking.

Here is a list of our most needed items for our foster program. Click on them to purchase directly from Amazon: 

Royal Canin Mother & Babycat dry food

Royal Canin Mother & Babycat wet food

Science Diet Canned Puppy Food

Science Diet Canned Pate Turkey Kitten Food

Breeder’s Edge Kitten Formula

Breeder’s Edge Puppy Formula

Pop up Playpens

Side by Side bowls

Hidey Houses

Snuggle Safe Heating Pad

Food Scale

Puppy Kong Toys

Puppy Nylabones

Cat Litter Scoops

Cat Toys

Laundry Baskets

Puppy Potty Pads (disposable or washable)

 

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If you currently have fosters at your home and are experiencing an emergency please review the emergency protocol below. If you are not experiencing any of these issues please contact the foster department during normal business hours for further assistance. 

 

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- Unresponsive / unable to stand or walk

- Difficulty breathing

- Severe trauma

- Profusely bleeding

- Ingested a dangerous item (medication/chemicals)

- Seizure/ disoriented

- Any bite from a foster that breaks the skin

- Lost foster animal

 

*DO NOT MESSAGE THE FOSTER FACEBOOK PAGE AS IT IS NOT MONITORED 24/7

 

**When calling the emergency number after hours please let dispatch know that you are a current foster and need to speak with an animal control officer. If you live outside of city limits, we may request that you meet an Animal Control Officer at the shelter.**

 

 

Questions? Contact the foster department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 260-427-5551.

 

Adoption Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday

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:

260-427-5502


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
260-427-1244
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
260-449-3000


General Contact Information:
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control
3020 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne IN 46808
260-427-1244
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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