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Black Friday Adoption Event

for website  Join us on Black Friday, November 27th   from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for the 3rd annual Share the   Love Subaru Event where you'll find $10 pet adoptions. At this special time of year many families consider opening their home to a shelter animal by adopting. Our staff and volunteers can not only help you find a great companion animal, but we will talk you through the details of preparing your home, so your pet will be safe and happy during a busy season. Holidays can be stressful, but with a little extra preparation, your pet adoption can be safe and joyful.  To kick-off the holidays, we will be open at our shelter - Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control @ 3020 Hillegas for this once a year special adoption even 11am-3pm Black Friday!  All $10 adoptions include the pet spay or neuter surgery, pet microchip, first distmper combination vaccine and local veterinary clinics donate the first wellness exam. Come out and show your support and drop in to find your forever friend at Animal Care & Control. $10 pet adoptions are available thanks to a grant from the Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Commission. Click here to fill out the adoption profile before you come and save time!


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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Our Mission: Guided by the humane ethic and livability interests within our neighborhoods,
the mission of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is to ensure public health and safety as well as prevent pet overpopulation,
animal neglect, and animal cruelty
through education, rescue, and law enforcement

Adoptions Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Tueday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 7:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
1st & 3rd Saturday of every month
Adoption Office: 260-427-5502

Closed Mondays FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 30-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. - 5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday
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