City animal shelter suspends adoption program, urges public to keep pets at home
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is temporarily closing its adoption center starting today, March 25, and is urging citizens to keep their pets if at all possible during the “stay at home” order.
In a statement, the city stressed the importance of working together to reduce the number of animals entering the shelter at a time when they cannot leave through the adoption program. The shelter is asking anyone not in an immediate crisis to keep healthy pets in their homes. Animals with severe medical needs, injuries or pose a safety risk to people and pets in the home are an exception.
The Adoption Center will reopen once the “stay at home” order is lifted April 8. Essential staff will still be reporting to the shelter to care for the animals. At this time we do not need emergency fosters to house animals. We will work with staff and current fosters if animals need to move into foster homes for space.
The business office will still be open during normal hours 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday with limited access to the public. Animal Control Officers will still be available to respond to emergency calls reported to 427-1244 option 1 or 449-3000 on weekends and after hours.