April Proclaimed as Safe and Humane Fort Wayne Month

This morning, the Mayor’s office proclaimed April as Safe and Humane Fort Wayne Month, encouraging all citizens to help Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control and Humane Fort Wayne by volunteering, fostering, donating, or adopting a pet to celebrate the month. 

Fort Wayne aims to change animal shelters into lifesaving centers saving all healthy and treatable animals. Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control and Humane Fort Wayne encourage innovative joint programs, including return, transfer, community outreach, and other humane programs, policies, and partnerships deemed necessary to ensure live outcomes for dogs and cats.

“We need the community’s assistance to ensure we can provide the best possible outcome for the animals in our care.  Adopting one of the thousands of animals, becoming a temporary foster home, volunteering a few hours a month, and or donating so we can continue fulfilling our mission are all options to create a safe and humane community,” Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control Director Amy-Jo Sites said.

Fort Wayne is fortunate to have two strong organizations dedicated to saving the lives of animals in our community and we look forward to work together even more cohesively in the month of April. We encourage citizens to join us in that fight ,” Humane Fort Wayne Executive Director Jessica Henry said.

“Collaboration is the key to success and we are so excited to see these two organizations come together and put forth a call to action to improve lifesaving efforts within Fort Wayne. During Safe and Humane Fort Wayne month, we encourage the community to join the efforts by adopting, volunteering, and fostering,” Best Friends Animal Society Senior Strategist, Midwest Region Liz Stamper

With the help of the residents of Fort Wayne and Humane Fort Wayne, positive changes can be made to help bring about positive outcomes for the dogs and cats in the care and possession of Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control.

To be part of the positive change please click here to donate funds or click here to be a foster home. If you are looking to adopt please click here.

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Fort Wayne, IN – In February, Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control received a generous donation of $2,500 from an anonymous volunteer. This donation was given to the Angel Fund with the hopes of encouraging the community to match the donation during the month of February.
Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control proudly announce in February a grand total of $11,276. 52 donated. We are grateful for a very supportive community that loves and supports the animal shelter. This donation will help provide crucial life-saving medical care to shelter animals; medical needs to help provide preventative care.

Director Amy-Jo Sites states “Donations to our Angel Fund is what allows us to provide everything from basic vaccines to advanced medical procedures including various treatments and surgeries to the animals we care for. We see thousands of animals a year with majority needing some level of medical intervention. Thanks to the generous and caring people within our community, we can continue to provide the critical care needed.”


Barks and Mews Gala

City of Fort Wayne, IN – Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is back with their Barks and Mews Gala to raise funds for their Angel fund!

Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control held its first gala January 11, 2020. Because of its positive outcome, many were looking forward to the following year. However, due to the unforeseen circumstance of COVID-19, it was cancelled.

The 2023 Barks and Mews Gala will be held on Saturday, June 17th at Purdue Fort Wayne Walb Student Union in the International Ballroom. This event will be 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Emceed by WANE 15's Emily Dwire. This year’s gala is a 70’s theme with a dance demonstration and lessons from the Fort Wayne Ballroom Club, dinner and drinks, a silent auction and gift card pull.Be sure to capture the memorable night by stopping at the DigiBooths Selfie Booth!  

On this night, the Fort Wayne Animal Care and control will be honoring the memory of two of their long serving and dearest volunteers by awarding two current volunteers. This is to show the appreciation for the work they do that serves not only the animals, but the shelter and our community.

The Angel Fund helps provide crucial life-saving medical care to shelter animals. Being Northeast Indiana's largest open access shelter, we cannot turn away animals brought to us from Allen County - no matter the condition they are in. Because of this, we utilize our Angel Fund almost daily to help the animals that have no other place to go.

Tickets are now available for purchase. Single tickets are $75, $550 for a table of eight, and donations are welcomed. Click here to purchase your ticket. If one is interested of being a sponsor to the event,  please click here to be a sponsor.

Director Amy-Jo Sites


Adoption Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. First Saturday of each month

CLOSED Monday, Saturday & Sunday FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 15-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. - 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

It is our mission to serve our community in a humane, public safety capacity while working to keep pets with loving families by providing education opportunities and resources or facilitating re-homing or adoption when necessary.

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