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Animal Care & Control

Halloween Safety Tips

halloween safety

Every child and every costume is a new opportunity

for different reactions from the same dog.

Fright night is fun for kids, but not for dogs. Screaming, and running and scary costumes can make dogs nervous, uncomfortable and frightened. Dogs DO NOT understand this change in appearance and can become very fearful. Keep in mind that children on Halloween night are excited and doing their best to be scary. This is not a fair or safe situation to put even the best of dogs in. Even the normally terrific tolerant family dog can find this night hard to handle. City of Fort Wayne Official Trick or Treat Hours



The Department of Animal Care and Control responds to calls within city limits regarding injured wildlife or wildlife causing an immediate public safety hazard. Living in harmony with wildlife in our community often poses some challenging situations to citizens. We have included useful information you may need from the professionals regarding humane alternatives to dealing with nuisance wildlife. Keeping garbage can lids secure, garage doors closed, and possibly suspending your bird feeding activities for a while may be necessary.

Humane live traps are available from the department if a wild animal has set up housekeeping in your attic. Call 427-1244 to check on current availability. Wildlife that have actually entered and are currently accessible in the living space of your home can be removed by an Animal Control Officer. Live traps are not dispersed for nuisance wildlife living outside, as exclusion tactics are the best method of dealing with these animals rather than relocation.

Injured wildlife may be brought to the shelter for pickup by licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Do not put yourself at risk for a wild animal bite, if there is concern regarding a bite, call us to pick up the injured animal.

Wildlife issues that you have not been able to successfully eliminate by excluding them from your home may require the service of a private company that offers these types of service. Local companies that are licensed by the DNR are shown below:


Where's My Pet Registration Tag?

City dogs and cats must be registered with our department by the time they are five months old. Registration tags are available at our shelter, local veterinary clinics, HOPE for Animals and the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic. Attach the registration tag to the collar for quick identification should your pet ever become lost. Choose between lifetime and annual registration to comply with city ordinance and to avoid a citation. Register and pay online.

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Director Belinda Lewis


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

Closed Mondays FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 30-minutes before closing to allow sufficient time for processing.

Adoptions are Open: Tueday, Thursday, Friday 12:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.
1st & 3rd Sat 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Adoption Office: 260-427-5502

Business Office Hours:

11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday

Officer Assistance

6:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Mon-Sun
1:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. Emergencies