Fort Wayne, IN - This March, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is participating in the No Place Like Home Challenge - launching new resources for pet owners and offering free microchips and ID tags to increase the number of lost pets returned to their owners.

The No Place Like Home Challenge is a national effort to keep more pets at home and out of the shelter, focusing on lost pets. One in three pets will become lost at some point in their life. In 2020, only 38% of the 4,667 lost animals that were brought to FWACC were reclaimed by their owners. 

FWACC will be offering free microchips and ID tags to Allen County residents the entire month of March. Up-to-date identification tags and microchips are the best way to ensure your pet is returned to you if it’s lost. Pet owners can visit the shelter between the hours of Noon – 4 p.m. Monday - Friday to get their pet(s) microchipped and get a personalized ID tag. Free microchips will be available to the first 250 pet owners – there is no limit on the number of free ID tags. Please bring a photo ID AND proof of ownership like vet records with you to the shelter. A generous thank you to PetHealth for donating the microchips. 

If your pet is already microchipped, make sure all information linked to your pet’s chip is up-to-date so you can be contacted if your pet is lost. Learn more about updating your information here.

The shelter is also partnering with Finding Rover to provide pet facial recognition software to help identify lost pets. Pet owners can upload a picture of their lost pet to Finding Rover and the software will search FWACC’s and nearby shelter’s photo databases as well as other reported lost pets to find a match. Pet owners can also upload photos of found pets. To access Finding Rover’s lost pet database click here

Losing a pet can be devastating. Not knowing what to do when your pet is lost can make the situation even more stressful. Being prepared and always having ID tags with current information and a permanent microchip are essential to being reunited with your pet. To see more tips on what to do if you LOSE a pet or FIND a lost pet click here.

There’s no place like a home for a pet – especially the home that’s missing them.

Pet owners can contact Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control at 427-1244 option 1 with questions.


In this episode of The Scoop we take a look back at 2020 and how the global pandemic impacted every program at the shelter. We also learn about new, life-saving programming launched during 2020 and what plans the shelter has for 2021. 


To learn more about how to volunteer click HERE. To apply to become a foster family click HERE. Interested in adopting a pet? Click HERE to learn how. 


FORT WAYNE, IN – Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control expanded its life-saving efforts in 2020 addressing barriers to pet ownership that often lead to the surrendering of pets.

Launched in September, the donor-funded Pet Behavior Help program has already connected nearly 200 pet owners with a certified dog trainer to work through behavioral issues in the home.

In November the shelter hosted its first ever drive-thru Rabies vaccine clinic, providing basic veterinary care to more than 120 dogs and cats in our community.

As the largest open access animal shelter in Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control has made great strides to break down barriers to pet ownership and save the lives of thousands of animals in our community over the past decade. Community-focused programming has contributed to 5,700 fewer animals coming to the shelter last year compared to 2010. Other notable changes in animal welfare across the community was the opening of H.O.P.E. for Animals in 2010, offering low-cost spaying and neutering services as well as veterinary care. In 2014, the Fort Wayne Animal Welfare Coalition comprised of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, H.O.P.E. for Animals and The Allen County SPCA created the the Community Cat program which has lead to thousands of lives saved.

Ultimately, the live release rate of animals that have come to the shelter has increased by more than 53 percent (2010 live release rate: 29.67% / 2020 live release rate: 83%) thanks to the public’s endless support and devotion to helping the animals in our community. To see more 10-year comparisons click HERE.

In 2021, FWACC will continue to address community needs and expand life-saving efforts to help keep pets in their homes and out of the shelter.

Animal Care 2020 Statistics:

  • 8,008 animals came to the shelter in 2020
  • 1,768 animals returned to their owners
  • 1,501 animals surrendered to the shelter by their owners
  • 1,104 animals transferred to rescues/ other shelters
  • 861 Community Cats returned to colonies
  • 2,493 animals adopted
  • 1,236 animals sent to foster homes
  • 217 active foster families
  • 7,918 volunteer hours
  • 308 active volunteers
  • 1,708 animals euthanized at owner’s request and for medical or behavioral reasons
  • 0 animals euthanized for lack of space at the shelter
  • $15,000 grant from Best Friends Animal Society to purchase supplies to send with foster animals
  • $3,444 grant from Oxbow Enterprises to improve the small animal adoption program
  • FWACC received a $50,000 grant from Petco Foundation to purchase an x-ray machine to address medical needs in-house

Community Outreach Data and Highlights from 2020:

  • Animal Control Officers responded to 17,885 calls of service
  • Animal Control Officers responded to 871 calls of suspected animal cruelty and neglect
  • 124 animals received Rabies vaccines at our first drive-thru clinic
  • 193 pet owners participated in the Pet Behavior Help program
  • 27% of pet owners who made appointments to surrender their pet decided to keep their pet or rehome outside of the shelter after receiving services through FWACC’s pet retention program


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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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