Is there a cut-off time for submitting an adoption application?
Yes. A pet adoption takes time to process, so adoption profiles must be completed and submitted 15 minutes prior to our adoption center closing time.
Will the shelter hold a pet for me until I can get to the shelter?
No. We operate on a first come first serve basis. Our adoptions are on a same day send home process. Read our complete adoption process here
Does filling out an adoption profile on line hold a pet for me?
No. The adoption application can be filled out online ahead of time to save you time, but it does not hold a pet for you nor can we guarantee that the pet you are interested in will still be available when you arrive. All adoption applications are subject to approval.
Is there anything else I can do to save time when I come to adopt?
Yes. To provide ample service to our adopting customers, adoption profiles must be submitted 15 minutes prior to closing. You can save time if you fill out the adoption application online before coming to the shelter. Any dogs at home will be required to meet any of our adoption dogs so please bring your owned dog or dogs with you at the time of meeting an adoption pet. (cat and small animal interactions are NOT required)
Does the shelter require fenced yards for all adoption dogs?
No. We recognize that many people live in areas where fencing is prohibited and let's face it, many people love to get out and walk their dogs. Walking can give dogs the exercise and mental stimulation they need to be happy and healthy.
Can I take a pet home right away?
Yes. It is our policy to send a pet home with you on the day you adopt it to reduce the animals time spent in our shelter which reduces its stress level.
I live outside of Allen County. Can I still adopt an animal?
Yes! Anyone with an approved application can adopt from Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control.
Thank you for considering adoption!