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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 hundreds of animals each year. By opening your home for a short period of time you can help save lifes too! To learn more about becoming a foster family to an animal in need contact Foster Coordinator Emilee Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 260-427-5549.


Click HERE for the foster application.


 What animals can I foster?   

       The majority of the animals in need of foster families are kittens. In 2018, more than 650 cats and kittens were saved by foster families. We occasionaly do need fosters for dogs with medical needs, litters of puppies and small animals. 


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How long are they crashing at my place?

       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's 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!


Foster Manuals

     If you are interested in fostering please review the manuals below. 

Click HERE to view the kitten/cat foster manual.

Click HERE to view the puppy/dog foster manual.

Click HERE to view the rabbit foster manual.

Click HERE to view the guinea pig foster manual.

Click HERE to watch a video with more information about fostering!


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More questions? Contact our Foster Coordinator at Emilee Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 260-260-427-5549.


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. If you are interested in adopting a dog, please bring your dogs with you to the shelter for a meet-and-greet.

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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