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.

Fort Wayne, IN – Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control has been awarded a Bright Idea Award for profiling its cold cases with media partner WANE-TV.

Over the course of the summer FWACC teamed up with WANE-TV to get the public’s help on solving open investigations. Eight cold cases were profiled in the segments and several tips from the public poured into the shelter. The cases ranged from extremely emaciated animals to deceased animals.

The initiative has raised awareness about the work Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control does to end animal cruelty and neglect in ouGLAWC Bright Idea Award 2019r community and educate the public on the known link between animal abuse and other types of abuse. It’s also sparked statewide attention from animal-welfare advocates working to strengthen animal laws in Indiana.

“We are fortunate to be in a community that is filled with passionate animal lovers and by taking these unsolved cases to the public with the help of our partners at WANE-TV we’ve been able to give a voice to the voiceless,” Pasquinelli said.

Director Amy-Jo Sites and Community Relations and Education Specialist Holly Pasquinelli received the award on behalf of the shelter at the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference held in Detroit. The award is presented by Michigan Humane Society which selects five animal shelters to receive Bright Ideas Awards. These shelters kicked off a creative campaign, thought up a cutting-edge project, or made exciting improvements to their facilities and shared their ideas with other shelters at the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference.

This is the second time Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control has been recognized with a Bright Idea Award. It received the honor in 2015 for the Community Cat Program.

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Director Amy-Jo Sites


Adoption Lobby Hours:

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

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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