Pet Explorer Day Camps

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2021 Dates:

JUNIOR Pet Explorers (ages 6-8)

June 7-11

June 14-18



Pet Explorers (ages 9-12) 

July 12-16 - SOLD OUT (Waitlist available)

July 19-23 - SOLD OUT (Waitlist available)

July 26-30 - SOLD OUT (Waitlist available)



Camp Overview

At Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control we believe learning to be responsible pet guardians begins at a young age. Our day camps help kids explore the joys of animals through fun, interactive games and activities. Our camps promote humane attitudes toward animals and others.


Campers get to...

- Learn about the vital role Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control plays in the community

- Spend time with adoptable pets

- Learn all about how to be a responsible pet guardian

- Make fun treats and toys for the animals in our care

- Explore ways to help animals in our community

- Meet new friends and much more!


More info...

- Summer Camp runs from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday

- Camp registration covers all materials and a daily snack

- Camp is run by three shelter staff members with the assistance of volunteers and Teen Buddies

- Campers should bring a lunch each day of camp

- Summer Camp cost is $120.00


COVID Precautions

Fort Animal Care & Control is keeping up-to-date on safety precautions, working with local, state, and national organizations to determine best practices for our summer day camps. COVID guidelines specific to Pet Explorers and Jr. Pet Explorers day camp will be sent to families in their welcome packets, approximately 1 week prior to the camp week the child is attending. We will continue to monitor guidelines and keep families informed should guidelines change; at this time we will require all campers and staff to wear masks when indoors and any time social distancing is not possible.

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Click HERE to see Camp Policies and common FAQ

Teen Buddies

Each year we look for teens ages 13 to 17 who love kids and animals to help out with our Pet Explorer Summer Camps!

Teen Buddies will play an important role in helping summer camp counselors and they will be the campers' best friend for the week of camp! Teen Buddies WILL NOT directly handle animals. During the application process teens can choose which week(s) they'd like to help with. Following the application process, there will be an interview and required orientation for all Teen Buddies in the program. We ask that interested teens fill out the form themselves. 


All Teen Buddy positions have been filled for the 2021 season! 


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Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is now providing animal control services to the residents of New Haven.

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control and the City of New Haven entered into an inter local agreement allowing officers to uphold New Haven’s city ordinances and respond to calls of stray dogs running loose, injured domestic animals, bite investigations, and reports of animal abuse and neglect.  New Haven does not currently have an animal shelter or capability to house animals. Prior to entering a contract with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, The City of New Haven contracted with Allen County Animal Control to pick up animals found stray and deliver them to the shelter. Now, calls regarding animals in the City of New Haven will be dispatched directly to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control haven presser

“More than 300 animals originating from New Haven were brought to us by citizens, Allen County Animal Control and/or a representative for the City of New Haven last year,” Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Director Amy-Jo Sites said. “We are pleased to be able to enter into this inter local agreement with the City of New Haven.  Other than barking and sanitation complaints, our officers will be providing field services to the residents of New Haven.  Since October 1st, our ACO’s have responded to almost 70 calls of service.”

Previously, animal issues in the City of New Haven were handled by volunteer reserve officers, code enforcement officers, full-time patrol officers and Allen County Animal Control. The City of New Haven has agreed to pay a prorated amount for the remainder of 2019 to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control and $48,578 in 2020. The agreement is to be reviewed every two years. 

“The City of New Haven is proud to be partnering with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control to provide quality service for our residents and pets,” New Haven Chief of Police Jeff McCracken said. “This partnership will provide our city with professional services from one entity that will include; containment of aggressive or stray animals, transportation of animals to the shelter and animal neglect/abuse investigations.”

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control officers have been granted authority to enforce New Haven’s ordinances, which have been updated to reflect current laws and animal needs. 

Animal Control Officers are on duty seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. to address concerns of animal welfare. Should citizens have the need to surrender their owned pet, they will be able schedule an appointment with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control located at 3020 Hillegas Road during normal business hours at no additional charge.

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Adoption Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday

Adoption Office: 260-427-5502

Closed Mondays 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



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