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

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. Applications may take up to 1-2 days to process. Please give us a call at the Shelter at 260-744-0454 if you have not heard back from us within 48 hours. Once you are approved, you can visit the Shelter during our regular business hours to see the adoptables!
  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 during our regular business hours. 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.
  2. We ask that you do not leave a message to schedule an appointment. If you have to call us after hours, please leave a message at extension 203.


  1. Have you just submitted an Adoption Application? Thank you! We are reviewing your application. We will contact you within 48 hours with the status of your application. If you have not heard from us within 48 hours, please call in to the shelter at 260-744-0454.
  2. Not sure of the status of your application, or have other questions? Please EMAIL the shelter at [email protected] with your message. Thank you!

*Adoption Appointments are limited and will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Thank 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, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8AM-5PM
Wednesday: 8AM–7PM
Saturday–Sunday: CLOSED