ALL ADOPTIONS ARE STILL FIRST COME TO THE SHELTER, FIRST SERVE. FILLING OUT THE ONLINE APPLICATION DOES NOT SECURE YOUR SPOT IN LINE. YOU MUST COME TO THE SHELTER TO BE ASSIGNED A NUMBER.
Any dogs at home will be required to meet the adoption dog(s) you are interested in, so please bring your owned dog(s) with you when you come to the shelter.
NEW ADOPTION PROCESS FOR ANIMALS HOUSED AT THE SHELTER
We have updated the adoption process at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control to help reduce the stress of the animals in our care, because of that you will not be permitted to freely walk through the adoption center to view the animals available for adoption. An adoption counselor can bring you to different cat rooms and will set up a meet and greet with the dog(s) you're interested in. We do encourage you to look at the list of available animals on our website prior to visiting the shelter. All applications must be submitted 15 minutes prior to closing.
Step 1: Come to the adoption doors to grab either a dog, cat, or small animal adoption application from the bins on the wall and fill it out completely front and back if you haven't completed an online application. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ENTER THE BUILDING UPON ARRIVAL.
IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED AN ONLINE APP, you must still grab an application, write your first and last name, phone number, name of animal interested in adopting, and "online app" on the application.
Step 2: Place the completed application in the bin outside the door and a staff member or volunteer will collect it to begin processing your application.
Step 3: Wait in your car until an adoption counselor calls you to tell you it is okay to come to the front door. They will then open the door and bring you to meet the animal(s) you are interested in adopting.
If you do not have a phone for someone to call, you may stay by the doors until an adoption counselor opens the doors to say they are ready for you.
Step 4: Should you decide this is the right pet for you, we will send the pet home with you the same day after an adoption counselor goes through the contract and send home information.
We also have cats and kittens available for adoption at our off-site locations within Petsmart and Pet Supplies Plus stores. If you are interested in adopting a cat from an off-site location fill out the Adoption Application specifically for off-site animals below. The adoption process is still first come, first serve. After you fill out an application a staff member will process the app and give you a call to discuss the adoption, email you the paperwork that needs signed and arrange a time to pick up your new pet from the off-site location.
ADOPTION CENTER HOURS:
Our Adoption Center works on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not place pets on hold. We reserve the right to transfer adoption pets to our rescue partners at any time. We reserve the right to place foster animals in the best fit home.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE ADOPTING A PET
Deciding to adopt a pet is an exciting time for many families. We would like to make this process as simple as possible.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before you come in to find your new family member:
- You may have one unaltered pet, all other pets must be spayed or neutered
- You must be 18 years or older to adopt
- We ask that you discuss adopting with all adults in the home
We ask that you bring the following with you when you come to adopt:
- Family members under the age of five
- If you are seeking to adopt a dog and have a dog at home, bring your dog in for an interaction
- If planning to adopt a dog please bring a leash and collar. If you do not bring a leash and collar, we have some you can purchase. Adoption dogs will not be permitted to leave in a choker or prong collar.
- If planning to adopt a cat, please bring a carrier. There are cardboard carriers available for purchase for $5.00 here if you prefer.
- A current photo ID and method of payment
- Save time by filling out the adoption profile online HERE
DOG & CAT ADOPTION FEES
$125 Puppies under 6 months old
$100 Small Dogs (Under 25 pounds) 6 months - 8 years
$100 Large Dogs (25+ pounds) 6 months - 5 years
$50 Senior Small Dogs (Under 25 pounds) 9+ years old
$25 Senior Large Dogs (25+ pounds) 6+ years old
$10 Minimum donation for all cats and kittens
OTHER PET ADOPTION FEES
$25 Guinea Pig
$15 Small Bird
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN YOUR ADOPTION FEE
The adoption of your pet includes the following ($300 Value):
- First distemper combination vaccine
- Heartworm test (dogs only)
- First month of flea preventative during flea season
- Microchip (must register your information to your pet's chip)
- A starter bag of food
- Donated exam from participating veterinarians
- Spay/Neuter surgery (Dogs, cats, & rabbits)
- Training Certificate (dogs only)
Please note the adoption fee does not include the pet registration for those residing within city limits.Click HERE to learn more about pet registrations.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
$5 Flat Collars
$10 Martingale Collars
A WORD ABOUT THE HEALTH OF ADOPTION PETS
The City of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Department cannot guarantee that the pets available for adoption have not been exposed to an illness prior to coming to our department or prior to vaccinations taking effect. Although we are not aware of any serious health condition applicable to any pet, local veterinary clinics donate a free heath examination and can explain conditions common to stray animals, owner neglected animals, and animals housed in a kennel. These conditions may include internal parasites, external parasites, and upper respiratory infections.
Animal Care and Control cannot reimburse medical expenses. An applicant that chooses to keep and provide treatment for a pet does so at their own expense. We suggest you consult with your veterinarian before introducing your new pet to the pets already in your home.