FORT WAYNE, IN – Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control expanded its life-saving efforts in 2020 addressing barriers to pet ownership that often lead to the surrendering of pets.

Launched in September, the donor-funded Pet Behavior Help program has already connected nearly 200 pet owners with a certified dog trainer to work through behavioral issues in the home.

In November the shelter hosted its first ever drive-thru Rabies vaccine clinic, providing basic veterinary care to more than 120 dogs and cats in our community.

As the largest open access animal shelter in Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control has made great strides to break down barriers to pet ownership and save the lives of thousands of animals in our community over the past decade. Community-focused programming has contributed to 5,700 fewer animals coming to the shelter last year compared to 2010. Other notable changes in animal welfare across the community was the opening of H.O.P.E. for Animals in 2010, offering low-cost spaying and neutering services as well as veterinary care. In 2014, the Fort Wayne Animal Welfare Coalition comprised of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, H.O.P.E. for Animals and The Allen County SPCA created the the Community Cat program which has lead to thousands of lives saved.

Ultimately, the live release rate of animals that have come to the shelter has increased by more than 53 percent (2010 live release rate: 29.67% / 2020 live release rate: 83%) thanks to the public’s endless support and devotion to helping the animals in our community. To see more 10-year comparisons click HERE.

In 2021, FWACC will continue to address community needs and expand life-saving efforts to help keep pets in their homes and out of the shelter.

Animal Care 2020 Statistics:

  • 8,008 animals came to the shelter in 2020
  • 1,768 animals returned to their owners
  • 1,501 animals surrendered to the shelter by their owners
  • 1,104 animals transferred to rescues/ other shelters
  • 861 Community Cats returned to colonies
  • 2,493 animals adopted
  • 1,236 animals sent to foster homes
  • 217 active foster families
  • 7,918 volunteer hours
  • 308 active volunteers
  • 1,708 animals euthanized at owner’s request and for medical or behavioral reasons
  • 0 animals euthanized for lack of space at the shelter
  • $15,000 grant from Best Friends Animal Society to purchase supplies to send with foster animals
  • $3,444 grant from Oxbow Enterprises to improve the small animal adoption program
  • FWACC received a $50,000 grant from Petco Foundation to purchase an x-ray machine to address medical needs in-house

Community Outreach Data and Highlights from 2020:

  • Animal Control Officers responded to 17,885 calls of service
  • Animal Control Officers responded to 871 calls of suspected animal cruelty and neglect
  • 124 animals received Rabies vaccines at our first drive-thru clinic
  • 193 pet owners participated in the Pet Behavior Help program
  • 27% of pet owners who made appointments to surrender their pet decided to keep their pet or rehome outside of the shelter after receiving services through FWACC’s pet retention program


In an effort to help residents protect outdoor pets during the cold winter months, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is offering free straw and community cat shelters to citizens.

Straw is the best and safest way to provide warmth for pets who spend a lot of time outside. Blankets hold moisture and quickly freeze during the winter months, which can be detrimental for pets trying to stay warm.

Fort Wayne City ordinance requires animals be brought into a temperature controlled structure when temperatures dip below 10 degrees and/or when a wind chill warning has been issued by a local, state or national authority. A garage or shed without heat are not adequate housing.

Now is also a good time to get a plan in place to protect community cats. Community cats are free-roaming cats who have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. They are easily identified by a docked ear. The shelter has a limited supply of community cat houses available for providers free of charge. 

The shelter offers these additional winter pet care tips –

  • An animal that spends time outside must have access to a proper shelter specifically designed for an animal.  The shelter must be free of leaks to wind, snow, and rain.  Face the opening of the shelter to the east or south away from prevailing winds or fasten a heavy door flap to the top of the doorframe.  When temperatures dip below 10 degrees and/or a wind chill warning is issued the animal must be brought into a temperature controlled structure.
  • Monitor temperatures and bring the animal inside to a temperature controlled structure when temperatures dip below 10 degrees and/or a wind chill warning is issued.
  • Use straw or cedar chips for bedding. Towels, blankets and hay are insufficient because cloth draws moisture and hay will mold.
  • Insulate the animal's house and raise it several inches above the ground with concrete blocks to prevent snow from drifting inside.  Frame the elevated area with boards or sand bags to prevent winds from gusting under the animal's house.
  • Animals need extra food to help generate enough body heat to stay warm and must have unfrozen water to drink at all times.  A heated water bucket is a great investment. 
  • All dogs and cats living within the city must wear the required city pet registration tag on a properly fitted leather or nylon collar. 
  • Keep all cats inside.  Those who spend time outside can experience frostbite, or become lost or injured.
  • Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach following cold weather walks.  Dogs can easily ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking their paws.  Check paws for cuts caused by snow or encrusted ice.

The shelter also wants to remind residents that if you see something, say something. Never hesitate to call the shelter regardless of the day or time to report an animal in need of help within the city. Call 260-427-1244 during normal business hours or 260-449-3000 after hours and on weekends. Your call could mean the difference between life and death for an animal in need.

FORT WAYNE, IN – Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is asking for the public’s help to gain more information about a deceased dog found in a dumpster in the Baldwin Creek Apartment Complex. 

Animal Control Officers were notified of a dog in a dumpster located at 2130 Hobson Road inside of the apartment complex Tuesday morning. When Animal Control officers arrived on scene they found an extrPHOTO1emely emaciated deceased pit bull mix dog inside.

FWACC’s medical team examined the dog once back at the shelter and determined it is between 6 to 12 months old and extremely emaciated. Based on its condition they determined it was likely kept inside a crate or small enclosure prior to its death. The dog is a tri-colored pit bull mix.. No photos of the deceased dog will be released.

Officers have canvased the apartment complex and are asking the public to call our department at 427-1244 or 449-3000 after 8 p.m. and on weekends with any information about this case.

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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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