FORT WAYNE, IN – With the Fourth of July soon approaching, Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control urges pet owners to take extra precautions to keep their pets safe and comfortable.

To ensure your pets stay safe at home this holiday, here are some helpful tips: Keep your pets inside in a confined room with curtains over any windows. Try playing calming music or playing Animal Planet on the TV.

  • Give your pets enrichment and their favorite toys so they can keep their minds busy and not focused on the loud fireworks. Try filling a toy with peanut butter or various treats.
  • Some pets are more anxious than others. We recommend talking to your veterinarian to see if any medication could aid in keeping your pet’s stress level down.
  • If you have cats, we recommend purchasing and using a non-sponsored product called Feliway. It puts out a calming pheromone that is unique to only cats.
  • If you need to take your dog outside to use the bathroom, make sure they are wearing a properly fitted collar or harness while they are leashed even if you have a fence.
  • Double check your fence to make sure there are no openings or loose areas, as well as checking that all latches are secure.
  • Make sure all pets are wearing up-to-date I.D. tags on their collar.
  • Collars can fall off, so make sure your pet is also microchipped and that the information is current. FWACC offers microchipping for just $15. To check to see if your pet’s microchip is up-to-date, click HERE.

While we understand you might want your dog(s) to be a part of the festivities this fourth, it can be overwhelming for many dogs. A stressed or anxious dog is more likely to try to run away or even bite. For the safety of you, your family, and your dog(s), please keep them safely inside your home.

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control will be closed Monday, July 5 for the holiday. If your dog or cat happens to get loose, start looking immediately. File a lost pet report through Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control, post to Lost Dogs of Fort Wayne’s Facebook or Lost Cats of Fort Wayne, and check our website daily for current housed stray animals. Lost pets will be able to be picked up starting Tuesday, July 6 when the shelter reopens. 


FORT WAYNE, IN – Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is kicking off Dog Bite Prevention Week by sharing tips to help keep citizens and their pets safe from dog bites.

As the investigating agency in Allen County, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control has already received 326 bite reports in 2021. As the weather turns warmer and more people are starting to spend more time outside, the number of bites is increasing. During just one week of March when temperatures were in the 60s and 70s, 60 bites were reported to FWACC.Canine Ladder of Aggression

Dog bites to children can be extremely devastating and are most commonly to the face. Nationally, 77% of all dog bites to children are from their own family dog or a friend’s dog and are almost always preventable. Children are eye-level, don’t have as good of self-control around dogs and often can’t read the warning signs that a dog is uncomfortable and might bite. It’s especially important to always supervise interactions between children and dogs. You should always put the dog in its crate or another room if you cannot supervise their interaction. Never let your child hug, kiss, sit on, pull their tail or ears, or tease your dog. Never let your child be near your dog while it’s eating. Set clear boundaries and a good example – children watch how we interact with dogs!

Throughout the week of April 12th, FWACC will be sharing more tips, helpful videos and resources to help citizens understand why dogs bite and what they can do to stay safe on Facebook and Twitter.

You can prevent bites by:

  • Never hitting your dog
  • Keeping your dog on a leash at all times when you’re on a walk
  • Understanding basic dog body language
  • Carry an umbrella and/or pet deterrent while walking your dog, jogging or riding your bicycle
  • Put your dog in another room when answering your door/accepting a delivery
  • If your dog is reactive to other people/pets walking by your home keep your windows and doors closed, dogs can easily get through screen windows/doors
  • Separate your dogs during meal time
  • Never force your dog to meet another dog
  • Spaying/neutering your dog can reduce the likelihood of bites
  • Work with a professional dog trainer to better understand your dog and only use all-positive methods

All bites to people and other animals need to be reported to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. The biting dog will be required to complete a 10 day quarantine at home or at the shelter.  To report bites call 427-1244 option 1.

It’s important to remember that ANY dog can bite.

Fort Wayne, IN - Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control and City Utilities are reminding pet owners to clean up pet waste to prevent the spread of disease and to protect our waterways.

The shelter often sees a significant increase in the number of sanitary complaints during the Spring. Fort Wayne City Ordinance requires pet owners clean up pet waste or they could face a minimum $100 fine. If not cleaned up, pet waste can spread disease, be a nuisance for neighbors and others enjoying public trails and walkways, and it can have a major impact on the environment.

View the video above to see a demonstration of how pet waste enters and harms our local waterways. To learn more about the Clear Choices Clean Water campaign and take the pledge click HERE. City Utilities has free pet waste bags and holders for pet owners availalbe for pick up at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. Click HERE to learn more about City Utilities and efforts to reduce pollution entering area rivers and storm drains.

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