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In an effort to save more lives, we have implemented a new program to help keep animals out of the shelter while we assist pet owners by providing resources they need to keep their pet OR help them rehome their pet without ever having to come to the shelter.



If a lack of resources is the reason you need to surrender your animal - we can help! There are a lot of great organizations in our community working to keep pets with their owners. 


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 Have an issue not listed here? Give our pet assistance and rehoming specialists a call at 427-1244 option 1. 



Waggle Partner Logo COLORWaggle, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to keeping companion animals and their families together. They strive to ensure that the lives of family pets are not cut short because pet guardians lack the necessary funds to cover the cost of vital veterinary treatment, whether for an emergency or ongoing care.

Waggle works in partnership with the general public, veterinary providers, media, and animal welfare organizations to raise awareness for critical and urgent funding to save the lives of our four-legged best friends.

They have already provided over $1M to our community of 1,000 veterinary hospitals to save 5,000-plus pets, who were at risk of falling victim to economic euthanasia. Here are but a few of Waggle success stories, all with happy endings:

To add your pet to Waggle and get the support you need, add your pet here.



If you decide that ultimately you need to rehome your pet here are the steps you should follow:

          1. Post your pet on Adopt-a-pet 

This free, easy resource allows your pet to stay in your home and out of the shelter while you find a new, loving owner.


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Click HERE to learn more about rehoming your pet!

2. Reach out to friends or family

You might be able to find a loving home for your pet with someone you know!

3. Ask your veterinarian, church, and local businesses if you can hang rehoming flyers



If you’ve exhausted all efforts to rehome your pet - Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control accepts owned pets by appointment only. We understand that making an appointment may not be as convenient as walking in, but by giving us more time you’re helping us toward our goal of finding a safe placement for your pet, and of not having to euthanize for space issues. Scheduled appointments have a 10 minute grace period to arrive. You will need to reschedule your appointment if you arrive after the grace period. To schedule an appointment, please call (260) 427-1244 option 1 between the hours of 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Friday.

If you live within Allen County, there are no fees to surrender your pet. Out of county residents will pay $25 for the first animal, and $10 for each additional animal. 

Here’s what will happen before your appointment:

  • We will discuss resources available to you to help you keep your pet
  • We will make sure your pet is posted on Adopt-a-pet
  • You must fill out an incoming dog/cat form (linked at the bottom of the page) so our pet assistance and rehoming specialists can review prior to your visit

Photo ID is required at the time of your appointment. Please allow enough time to properly relinquish your pet. The FWACC admissions process may take 45 to 60 minutes. Having all paperwork filled out prior to your visit will help cut down on your appointment time. Please also bring all current vet records and any medication your pet may be on. It’s important you are honest with us when filling out the following forms and meeting with our staff so we can determine the best outcome for your pet.

Fill out the incoming dog or cat profile below:




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.

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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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