I found a pet


Have you found a lost animal and not sure what to do? Please don't assume the animal as been abandoned or abused. Pets can be missing for a long period of time and may appear neglected or scared. Here are some tips on how to help the animal reunite with its family.


1. Check to see if the animal has identification tags

  • If the animal has a city registration tag we can trace it. Call 260-427-1244 and provide a dispatcher with the tag number along with the description of the animal and we'll be able to contact the owner. 

2. File a "FOUND PET REPORT" online

  • Click HERE to file a detailed report of the animal you've found.
  • You can also file a found report over the phone by calling the shelter
  • Please provide as much detail as possible!
  • You will be asked to bring the animal to the shelter so we can check for a microchip
    • You can also take the animal to any vet office to get it scanned for a microchip
  • You do have the option of keeping the pet in your home until the owners are found
    • If the owners are not found you do have the option of adopting the animal if interested

3. Bring the animal to the shelter

  • If you do not want to keep the animal in your home until its owners are located and you live in Allen County, you can bring the animal to the shelter at 3020 Hillegas Road during normal business hours.

4. Call Animal Care & Control

  • If you live in the City of Fort Wayne and you would like an Animal Control Officer to pick up the animal call our office to arrange a pick-up at 260-427-1244 Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • FWACC is not able to respond to stray animal calls after hours and services may be limited on weekends and holidays
  • If the animal is injured or a threat to public safety and you need service after hours please call 260-449-3000
  • You do have the option of holding onto the animal until the following business day when an officer is on duty
  • Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital (NIVES) does not hold stray/found animals when Animal Care and Control is closed



Many animals have a microchip that is a permanent form of identification. The unique number identifying the pet's owner can only be read with a microchip scanner so it's important each animal is checked for a microchip when found. 



Stray Animals

  • A stray animal is held by Animal Care & Control for a minimum of three business days, the first day does not count if the animal arrives during business hours. Weekends and holidays are not considered in the count. For example, if your pet is picked up on a Wednesday after 11 a.m., it will be available for reclaim until 5:30PM on Monday. At that time, the city owns the animal and may then evaluate it for the adoption program or transfer the animal to a partner rescue agency/shelter. Animals that show signs of advanced illness or aggression or have needs beyond available resources are not eligible for these options.

Found Animals

  • When animals are found and wearing identification, the owners are notified immediately and when possible, pets may be returned directly to their homes.

Adoption Animals

  • We do not put time limits on animals in our adoption program. As long as they stay socially and medically healthy, they stay in the program until adopted.

Injured strays

  • Animals that are found stray injured and without identification will be medically evaluated and may be euthanized to prevent further suffering prior to the end of the legal holding period according to the city ordinance.



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 Mondays FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 15-minutes before closing to allow sufficient time for processing.

Adoptions number:


Business Office Hours (lost & found pets, 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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