Humane Fort Wayne operates entirely on the generosity of animal lovers in our community. Humane Fort Wayne is a no-kill shelter! Humane Fort Wayne is 100% donor-funded.
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How to Adopt

Our Shelter on Hanna St is still open for adoptions!

We will be moving to our new home in phases! Pets will be available for adoption at our current Hanna Street Location through Sunday, August 25th. Animals will move in and be available for adoption at the Leesburg Road Location on Tuesday, August 27th.

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Adoption Process for NEW Adopters: 

  1. Fill out and submit our online Adoption Application.
  2. Please only submit ONE Adoption Application. (Our Application is for general pre-approval, not for a specific adoptable animal).
  3. Once received, Humane Fort Wayne will review your application. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.
  4. We will contact you to let you know your adoption status. Once you are approved you can visit the shelter during regular business hours to see the adoptables! To check on your application status, please call the Shelter at 260-744-0454 or email [email protected].
  5. If you haven’t found your perfect match at the shelter, that’s okay too – pre-approved applications are valid for 6 months.

Adoption Process for Pre-Approved Adopters: 

  1. If you have a Pre-Approved Adoption Application on file with Humane Fort Wayne and want to adopt, you can visit the Shelter anytime during our regular business hours. No appointment needed!
  2. All family members must be present at canine adoption appointments. Our hours are: Tuesday-Friday 11 am–6 pm, & Saturday–Sunday 11 am–4 pm.


  1. Have you just submitted an Adoption Application? Thank you! We are reviewing your application. We will contact you via phone or email to let you know your adoption status. Once you are approved, you can visit the shelter during regular business hours. To check on your application status, please call the shelter at 260-744-0454 or email [email protected].
  2. What to bring: Proof of a current Rabies vaccine for all pets living in the home. In some cases, we may require you to bring all family members and/or dogs in the home to meet with the adoptables. Bring, or be prepared to purchase, a leash and collar to take your new dog or puppy home, or a suitable carrier to take your new cat or kitten home. Unfortunately, animals cannot be held for you.

Before you adopt an animal, please read our Adoption FAQ’s, where you’ll find information on the process, fees and more. 

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Hours & Locations

4914 S. Hanna Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806
Phone: 260 744-0454

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday–Friday: 11AM–6PM
Saturday–Sunday: 11AM–4PM

1333 Maycrest Drive
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
Phone: 260 420-7729

Monday–Friday: 8AM-5PM
Saturday–Sunday: CLOSED
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