In 2022, 1,242 animal bites were reported; 500 were animal victims and 742 were human victims. Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control received a $20,000 grant to support a four-session pet body language and behavior workshop to help reduce those numbers.

The grant was awarded to the shelter by Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program. This grant is to help cities assist pet parents facing challenges keeping and caring for their pets.

Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control’s initiative is to reduce bites while educating and supporting the ambitions of the Better Cities for Pets program to keep people and their pets together. The focus is reducing bites, avoiding euthanizing animals, and providing resources that create a safer community for citizens and pets.

“The body language and behavior workshop are designed with the intent to provide our community with the knowledge to learn how pets communicate. Our overarching goal is to reduce the number of bites that often occur because signals were missed or misread. Providing people with this awareness will help to keep people and their pets together while reducing the number of incidents resulting in a bite,” states Director Amy-Jo Sites.

Give Greater Allen County


On Thursday, April 20 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. FWACC is joining an Allen County giving movement. Give Greater Allen County is a one-day, 12-hour initiative that fosters individual philanthropy in Allen County, Indiana. The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne will be hosting this event. During this day of giving, we'll use the power of community to encourage individuals and businesses to support the nonprofits and causes they're passionate about and who impact our community daily. Together, our donations will address the community's needs by providing financial resources that affect lasting change.

Join us as we go live with our personal "Donations with Delaney."

Click here to visit our page. 

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.

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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