Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is continuing to provide the best possible services to members of our community and provide the best care to animals in our shelter. 

To reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 we have adjusted our processes to implement social distancing to protect the health of our employees and the public who come into our building.

Shelter Protocols

Our business office is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the state’s Stay at Home order. We have implemented several changes to how we are working with the public to ensure we can safely continue to provide our services and implement social distancing. The public will be asked to fill out all necessary paperwork outside of the building and then wait in their cars until a staff member calls you. Step-by-step instructions and paperwork will be posted in front of the business office doors each day.

Our essential staff members are still working to care for the animals in our shelter. From our frontline workers to our animal care staff we are doing our part to still provide an essential service to the community and care for the animals in need.

Are we still taking in stray animals? 

Yes, however if you find a stray animal and are willing to keep it in their home until the owner is found we highly encourage that. You can notify the shelter to fill out a found report. We also encourage you to reach out to Lost Dogs of Fort Wayne on Facebook. They can help distribute information and photos of the found animal and assist with locating its owners. 

Are we still taking in owner surrenders?

We are asking anyone who is not in an emergency situation to keep their pets at this time, however as the only open access shelter in northeast Indiana will not turn away animals. We can connect people to local resources to help them address problems such as vet care, food issues, training resources and much more. 

Are animal control officers still responding to calls?

Our team of officers is still working to respond to emergency animal-related calls. All emergencies can be reported to our office at 427-1244 option 1 or 449-3000 during weekends and after 8 p.m. on week days.

Is the adoption center open?

Yes! In an effort to find the best possible outcomes for the animals in our care we are offering opportunities to help get animals out of the shelter. Currently the adoption center is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays noon to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays noon to 6 p.m. while remaining closed on Saturdays. Adoptions are still operating on a first-come, first-serve basis. We have implemented many safety precautions to protect the health of our staff and customers. To learn more click HERE to learn more about the changes in our adoption center. 

Are you fostering animals in need?

We are fostering out animals HOWEVER we are only working with our list of existing foster families and staff. We appreciate everyone’s willingness to foster animals at this time and will provide any updates if we do need to expand our foster program. 

Can my pets give me COVID-19?

According to the CDC the risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is low. There have been a small number of pets worldwide who have been infected by the virus. Those pets were in close contact with people infected by the illness. The CDC suggests:

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- Do not let pets interact with other pets or people outside of the household

- Always walk your dog on a leash and practicing social distancing

- Avoid dog parks or public places where a large group of people and pets gather

For more information about CDC recommendations click HERE

Include your pet in your emergency plans:

We are encouraging everyone to include their pets in their emergency plans in case you get sick. Plan out steps you and your family will take to ensure that your pet will be cared for if you are not able to do so. An easy way to do this is to check with friends and family and identify who will be responsible for your pet in that scenario. Next, gather a tote of the following items so they can quickly grab the essential items and limit contact. On the outside of the tote include the name and contact information of the person who should be contacted in an emergency to care for your pet.

  • Vet records and contact information
  • Microchip information
  • Your name and contact information
  • Food and treats to last about two weeks
  • A leash and extra collar
  • Any medications your pet takes and dosage information
  • Food and water bowls
  • Toys
  • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
  • Daily care instructions

Taking extra steps now will save you time and stress when your family is working through a difficult time. 

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How can I help?

In an effort to protect the health of our staff, volunteers and the public we have temporarily suspended our volunteer program. We do encourage donations to help care for the animals in our care and animals spending more time in foster homes during this time.

Anyone with respiratory symptoms, fever or possible exposure should not come into our building. If you have a question about services please contact our front office at 427-1244 option 1.

Stay up-to-date on the situation in our community by clicking HERE. 

Pet Explorer Day Camps


 Thank you for an amazing camp season! Check out photos from our 2021 camps on our Humane Education Facebook page HERE!


Check back for 2022 camp dates!



Camp Overview

At Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control we believe learning to be responsible pet guardians begins at a young age. Our day camps help kids explore the joys of animals through fun, interactive games and activities. Our camps promote humane attitudes toward animals and others.


Campers get to...

- Learn about the vital role Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control plays in the community

- Spend time with adoptable pets

- Learn all about how to be a responsible pet guardian

- Make fun treats and toys for the animals in our care

- Explore ways to help animals in our community

- Meet new friends and much more!


More info...

- Summer Camp runs from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday

- Camp registration covers all materials and a daily snack

- Camp is run by three shelter staff members with the assistance of volunteers and Teen Buddies

- Campers should bring a lunch each day of camp

- Summer Camp cost is $120.00

To keep up to date with events within our Humane Education Department follow us on Facebook!


Click HERE to see Camp Policies and common FAQ

Teen Buddies

Each year we look for teens ages 13 to 17 who love kids and animals to help out with our Pet Explorer Summer Camps!

Teen Buddies will play an important role in helping summer 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. We ask that interested teens fill out the form themselves. 



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Adoption Lobby Hours:

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

Adoption Office: 260-427-5502

Closed Mondays FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 15-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. - 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



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