New hours, permit pricing and services went into effect January 2 at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control.
The business office will be adding an hour of service to better accommodate residents. The business office is used for owners wishing to surrender their pets to the shelter, lost and found pets, pet registrations and law enforcement issues. A complete list of new hours for both the business office and adoption center are listed below. The adoption center will be closing at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays starting in 2019.
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Noon – 5:30 p.m. Tues, Thurs, Friday
Noon – 6 p.m. Wednesdays
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. First and Third Saturday of Every Month
In an effort to focus on public safety concerns, starting January 2 Animal Control Officers will no longer pick up animals owners wish to surrender out in the field. In the month of November 223 animals were surrendered to the shelter by their owners, only 27 of which were surrendered in the field to officers. Owners will now be required to visit the shelter to surrender their animals. By discontinuing this service officers will be able to concentrate their efforts on emergencies while shelter staff will be able to gain a better understanding of why the owners need to surrender, refer them to available resources to keep their pet and gather more information about the animal entering the shelter.
To help pet owners that need to surrender their pets, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control recently teamed up with Adopt-a-Pet.com to help people rehome their pets without ever bringing them to the shelter. The free resource allows pet owners to adopt out their pets with assistance from Adopt-a-Pet.com’s staff. We do not recommend using Craigslist or social media sites like Facebook to rehome pets as they do not have an application process like Adopt-a-Pet.com.
The New Year brings changes to permit pricing specifically for breeders, groomers, pet shops and kennels. The new permit pricing will be available at fwacc.org starting January 2.