In an effort to help residents protect outdoor pets during the cold winter months, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is offering free straw and community cat shelters to citizens.

Straw is the best and safest way to provide warmth for pets who spend a lot of time outside. Blankets hold moisture and quickly freeze during the winter months, which can be detrimental for pets trying to stay warm.

Fort Wayne City ordinance requires animals be brought into a temperature controlled structure when temperatures dip below 10 degrees and/or when a wind chill warning has been issued by a local, state or national authority. A garage or shed without heat are not adequate housing.

Now is also a good time to get a plan in place to protect community cats. Community cats are free-roaming cats who have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. They are easily identified by a docked ear. The shelter has a limited supply of community cat houses available for providers free of charge. 

The shelter offers these additional winter pet care tips –

  • An animal that spends time outside must have access to a proper shelter specifically designed for an animal.  The shelter must be free of leaks to wind, snow, and rain.  Face the opening of the shelter to the east or south away from prevailing winds or fasten a heavy door flap to the top of the doorframe.  When temperatures dip below 10 degrees and/or a wind chill warning is issued the animal must be brought into a temperature controlled structure.
  • Monitor temperatures and bring the animal inside to a temperature controlled structure when temperatures dip below 10 degrees and/or a wind chill warning is issued.
  • Use straw or cedar chips for bedding. Towels, blankets and hay are insufficient because cloth draws moisture and hay will mold.
  • Insulate the animal's house and raise it several inches above the ground with concrete blocks to prevent snow from drifting inside.  Frame the elevated area with boards or sand bags to prevent winds from gusting under the animal's house.
  • Animals need extra food to help generate enough body heat to stay warm and must have unfrozen water to drink at all times.  A heated water bucket is a great investment. 
  • All dogs and cats living within the city must wear the required city pet registration tag on a properly fitted leather or nylon collar. 
  • Keep all cats inside.  Those who spend time outside can experience frostbite, or become lost or injured.
  • Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach following cold weather walks.  Dogs can easily ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking their paws.  Check paws for cuts caused by snow or encrusted ice.

The shelter also wants to remind residents that if you see something, say something. Never hesitate to call the shelter regardless of the day or time to report an animal in need of help within the city. Call 260-427-1244 during normal business hours or 260-449-3000 after hours and on weekends. Your call could mean the difference between life and death for an animal in need.

FORT WAYNE, IN – Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is asking for the public’s help to gain more information about a deceased dog found in a dumpster in the Baldwin Creek Apartment Complex. 

Animal Control Officers were notified of a dog in a dumpster located at 2130 Hobson Road inside of the apartment complex Tuesday morning. When Animal Control officers arrived on scene they found an extrPHOTO1emely emaciated deceased pit bull mix dog inside.

FWACC’s medical team examined the dog once back at the shelter and determined it is between 6 to 12 months old and extremely emaciated. Based on its condition they determined it was likely kept inside a crate or small enclosure prior to its death. The dog is a tri-colored pit bull mix.. No photos of the deceased dog will be released.

Officers have canvased the apartment complex and are asking the public to call our department at 427-1244 or 449-3000 after 8 p.m. and on weekends with any information about this case.



Keeping your pet's microchip information up-to-date and accurate is the best way to ensure they will be safely returned to your home if they are ever lost. Follow these simple steps to update the information linked to your pet's microchip:


1) Locate your pet's microchip number. If you do not know your pet's microchip number you can take them to your veterinarian or a Petco store to get it scanned for free. 


2) Contact the microchip company to update your information. There are several different microchip companies and each requires different information to update the information linked to your pet's chip. If you are unsure which company your pet's microchip is registered with, click the button below to search for FREE. 


Click HERE to Lookup Microchip Registry 1


3) Contact Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control to update information locally. It's important that if your pet's microchip is on record with FWACC that you let us know of any changes as well. Updates made directly with the microchip company are not shared with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. This is a vital step to ensure we will be able to contact you if your pet is lost! Call 427-1244 option 1 to speak with a representative to complete the update.


If you are rehoming a pet, be sure to update the pet's linked microchip information to the new owners BEFORE your pet goes to his/her new home. Both the person rehoming the pet and the new owner will need to call 427-1244 option 1 to transfer ownership and provide updated information to be linked to the microchip. 




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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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