1. Adoption requirements
If you have a cat(s) or dog(s) living in your home already, a maximum of one pet can be unaltered. The other pets must be neutered or spayed. All cats and dogs in your home must be current on rabies vaccination. 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 at our shelter during adoption hours or online 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 come out to our shelter. We will take you into our socialization room to visit with dogs or into a cat room to visit with the cats. Please note, some of our cats are available at our mobile adoption rooms located at the PetSmart locations in Fort Wayne. Check the "Location" for each cat or kitten on our website by clicking on their picture.
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, we will begin the adoption application approval process. We will do a simple background check for animal cruelty or domestic violence.
5. Pre-approved applications
If you fill out an adoption application and do not take home the love of your life on this visit, you may ask us to process your application so that you may be pre-approved for a future pet. A pre-approved application is valid for up to 6 months. This will enable you to take advantage of same day adoption events.
6. Same day adoption
You may take your new pet home the same day if the following are accomplished:
- You own your own home OR show proof from your landlord that a pet is permitted and pet deposits are paid.
- Any children under age 6 come in to interact with the dog or cat.
- If adopting a dog and you have a dog at home, that dog comes in for an interaction.
- Bring in current vaccination records for any pets at home.
7. Fees and taking your pet home
|Puppies under 5 months old
|Senior Dog 6+ years old
|Cats (PetSmart adoptions are cash only)
||Name Your Fee on Feline Adoptions
|Littermates or "Pals" - Cats
||Name Your Fee on Feline Adoptions
|Littermates or "Pals" - Dogs
||$130 for 2
|Littermates or "Pals" - Puppies
||$160 for 2
|Special Needs Dog (medical, health or behavioral reason)
|Special Needs Littermates or "Pals" - Dogs
||$75 for 2
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.
Bring a leash and collar for dogs or if taking a cat home, bring a suitable crate.