January 11, 2024 - Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control wants to remind the community that city ordinance requires animals to be brought into a temperature-controlled structure when temperatures dip below 10 degrees and when a local, state, or national authority has issued a wind chill warning.

Animals cannot remain outside longer than 15 minutes without access to adequate shelter and potable water, no matter the temperature, according to city ordinance.

FWACC offers free straw while supplies last to any Fort Wayne city resident needing animal bedding during these cold winter days. Pet owners are urged to continually monitor the needs of pets and the temperature whenever the animals are outdoors.

Community Cat Providers are encouraged to build shelters to support and keep our community cats safe and warm. Instructions on how to build a shelter are linked here. Providers may also pick up straw from FWACC while supplies last.

The shelter also wants to remind residents that if you see something, say something. Call 260-427-1244 during normal business hours or 260-449-3000 after hours and on weekends to report an animal in need.