Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
• What kind of pet is best for you and your family?
• Will your working hours allow enough time to provide the care, attention
and exercise a pet needs every day?
• If you have children, are they prepared to be respectful to an animal
that lives in your home and prepared to share the responsibilities
involved in pet ownership?
• Do you have the means to provide food, toys, annual vet exams,
vaccinations, monthly heartworm preventative, flea control, unexpected
medical costs, grooming, training, and boarding the pet when you travel?
• Are you ready to live with a pet? Can you depend on your children to help care for your pet?
• Have you read about potty training, behavior problems, and daily care of your pet?
• What traits are common in that breed? Do those behavioral traits fit your lifestyle?
What should you expect when you enter our shelter to visit with our dogs and cats and how do you adopt? See the steps below so you are prepared for your visit.
1. Adoption requirements
If you have a cat or dog living in your home already, that pet must be neutered or spayed and current on shots. If you rent your home you will need to have approval from your landlord and any pet deposits paid before taking home your new pet. You will need to bring a leash and collar or a suitable crate or carrier when you pick up your new pet.
2. Pre adoption application
When you enter our shelter we will ask you to fill out a pre adoption application. Even if you have seen one of our animals you are interested in on our website, television or other source, we want to make sure we gather as much information as possible about your expectations in a pet to best help you find your future companion.
Take a look through our binder to see pictures, details about each dog or cat’s behavior and what type of home would be best for that pet. Make your selections of animals you would like to see and we will take you into our socialization room to visit with dogs or into a cat room to visit with the cats.
3. Visit with the pet
Spend time interacting with the animal and ask our staff questions you may have about how we received the animal, any behavioral information about the animal. We are there to help you get as familiar as possible with the animals.
4. Application process
After you have visited with the pet, you may feel you would like to make it a part of your family. If you do, you will fill out an application. This application ask questions about your past pet history, your thoughts on the long term care of a pet and questions about your living arrangements. This application is completed and turned in to an animal care specialist. The following day you will need to call us by 10 am and leave us a message confirming your interest in adoption. We then begin the processing of your application. This process takes about 48 hours to complete.
5. Fees and taking your pet home
Our adoption fees include spay or neuter surgery, distemper combination vaccination, rabies vaccination, flea prevention, canine heartworm test and prevention, registered microchip for permanent I.D. and a starter bag of pet food. This is a value of $300 to $400.
Adoption fee does not include $5 City of Fort Wayne pet tag/permit required for Fort Wayne city residents.
Puppies $100 (under 5 months old)
Senior Dog 6+ years old $50
Littermates or "Pals" $20 for 2 cats, $130 for 2 dogs, $160 for 2 puppies
Special Needs Dog $50 (medical, health or behavioral reason)
Special Needs Littermates or "Pals" $75 for 2 dogs
Bring a leash and collar for dogs or if taking a cat home, bring a suitable crate.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.