Ready to Adopt?
Tips for deciding if this is the right time
• Are the other dogs and cats in your home neutered or spayed and current on shots?
• Have you researched the breed of pet you are interested in?
• Have you done your homework? How will you deal with housebreaking, training, behavioral problems and daily care of a pet?
• 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 Cat or Dog 6+ years old $50
Littermates or "Pals" $110 for 2 cats, $130 for 2 dogs, $160 for 2 puppies
Special Needs Dog or Cat $50 (medical, health or behavioral reason)
Special Needs Littermates or "Pals" $75 for 2 cats or 2 dogs
Long term residents are FREE - ask for details.
Bring a leash and collar for dogs or if taking a cat home, bring a suitable crate.
Adoption applications available for download
Want to help
Our center is always on the lookout for supplies that will help keep our dogs and cats healthy, safe and happy. From food to toys, we welcome a number of items that will give our fur friends a comfortable lifestyle. Some items can be purchased directly from our wishlist on Amazon.com. Just follow the links.
• Kuranda vinyl cat perches
• Kuranda dog beds
• Canned wet dog or cat food - any brand
• Sidewalk sandwich board sign
• 10x10 Instant Shelter PopUp - for our dogs at outreach events
• Pet safe salt for our outside dog areas
• 9 volt batteries
• Hand soap & hand sanitizer
• Disinfectant spray such as Lysol
• Dish detergent
• Tall kitchen trash bags
• Paper towels
• Toilet paper
• Dust pans with hand held brushes
• Basic tool kit: hammer, screw drivers etc.
• Postage stamps
• Address labels- white 1" x 2 5/8"
• Black HP4250 Toner Cartridges
• White & color copy paper
Cat & Dog Needs
• Kennel slipleads
• Box lids from copy paper cases (for disposable litter boxes)
• Heavy weight paper bowls for medication
• Ziplock plastic bags - quart size
• Red & green duct tape
• 4” x 4” gauze pads
• Screw on cage food & water bowls
• Interactive dog and cat toys
• Litter scoops
• Disposable scratchers
• Litter box deodorizer
• Double end snap clips for our kennel gates
• Non-scoopable clay litter (unscented)
• Covered cat play houses (no carpeting)
• Kitty condos
• Cat muzzles
• Kitty Kongs
• Martingale-style collars (medium & large sizes)
• Stainless steel pet pails
• Made in the USA rawhide chews
• Gift cards to PETCO, PetSmart, Pet Supplies Plus, Green DogGoods, & Tractor Supply
Our Cat & Dog Food
We feed our dogs and cats the following food while in our care.
• 4health Cat & Kitten Food - available at Tracter Supply
• Purina One Smart Blend Healthy Puppy Formula
• Purina One Smart Blend Dog Food Adult Chicken & Rice Formula
• Purina One Smart Blend Dog Food Adult Lamb & Rice Formula
• Purina One Smart Blend Dog Food Small Bites Beef & Rice Formula
• Canned wet food - any brand dog or cat food
For Our Community Pet Food Donation program
• Dog and cat food, dry or canned
• Brown paper sacks (grocery store size)
• Aluminum cans, cell phones, laptops, iPods, empty ink & toner cartridges
• New and used books, CDs and DVDs in their original cases.
Box up your new and used books, CDs and DVDs in their original cases and bring them to the shelter. We are paid by a local buyer for your books! Help raise money for us while you reclaim valuable storage space.
* We do not take comforters. (Some of our dogs like to chew the stuffing out of them.)
Donations may be dropped off during our regular business hours.
Article written by volunteer Debra Lockhart
I’ve been volunteering with a local rescue for about a year now and have loved every minute of it. In the past year, I’ve transported dogs, helped rescue dogs off of a chain, helped a dog give birth, adopted and said goodbye as some of my favorites have found their forever home. I’ve gotten to know some dogs more than others and have cheered nearly every adoption and only shed a tear or two for a few who have especially touched me in some way.
Still, there was something missing. This rescue is foster based, and at this time that is the one thing I’m not able to do, so most of my interactions come from adoption events or transport services. If I could bring my dog to work with me things might be different, because sometimes you just need to hug a dog or play with a kitty, so I began volunteering at our local SPCA. I figured that they were located close enough to my office that I could spend a lunch hour or two each week relaxing in the company of a furry little friend under the guise of helping them while in all actuality, reaping the benefits that come with cuddling a pet. Orientation was in two parts so after part one, I was able to ‘socialize with cats’ and I spent a good portion of a lunch hour on the floor of a kitty room getting and giving some soft purr-y love.
Part two allowed us to interact with the dogs and there was a special boy whom I met at both orientations and I was eager to go back and really interact with him on my first “dog day.” Its funny how a dog (or any animal, really) can grab your heartstrings and how it varies from person to person as to who that special furry pal may be. A fellow volunteer nudged me and pointed at a dog, “That’s my dog. I’m going to adopt that one.” “Hmmm, cute dog, nothing special,” I thought. He or she was the kind of dog I might not have given a second glance at if I weren’t here to generally socialize with the dogs.
In the kennel next to “her dog” was the special someone who had me at first glance. Truth be told, “special boy” is not usually someone who would grab my attention… except he did. He was just a medium sized dog, medium hair, medium build but with a deep chest and funny white paws that were too big for his body. (As a further testament to how perception skews what we actually see, he is listed as a large dog with long hair.) There was nothing exceptional… but his eyes. Ah, those soulful cinnamon eyes peering at me over the chew toy he hopefully offered me, they had me at hello.
Fri, Dec 13, 4 pm - 7 pm
Adopt a Dog for $13
Friday the 13th at
Fort Wayne Subaru
5000 Illinois Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
Sat, Dec 14, 11 am - 4 pm
Picture Your Pet With Santa at
1760 Apple Glen Blvd &
10260 Maysville Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
Proceeds benefit our shelter.
Sat, Dec 14, 11 am - 2 pm
Pet Supplies Plus Community Outreach
4714 Coldwater Rd, Ft Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!
Sat, Dec 28, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!