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Are you in need of an adventure buddy? Well look no further! Clay is the purrfect man for the job! Clay is a seasoned adventurer who has mastered using a harness and leash. Clay is only two, but can nap like a geriatric cat, and plays like a kitten. He was once confused with a bag of oranges. He is a total sweetheart who doesn’t shy away at the face of danger.

Interested in learning how we taught Clay to use a leash? Here are some tips/tricks from Humane Fort Wayne:

  1. Make sure your cat is confident and curious. Walking on a leash will not be enjoyable for all cats. If your cat doesn’t seem interested or appears frightened, don’t force them.
  2. With your cat’s body size in mind, chose an appropriate halter with clips. No velcro!
  3. Fit harness and allow cat to wear harness for increasing periods of time, indoors.
  4. When the cat ignores the harness and walks comfortably, add a leash and explore the home!
  5. When the cat is feeling safe and brave, check out the front or backyard on leash, allowing for common sense and staying close by the doors incase loud noises startle the cat.
  6. Add more time and distance in your trips outside, never let go of the leash or leave the cat unattended.
  7. Enjoy scent walks and exploring with your feline friend!

By following these steps, any cat willing to answer the call of adventure, like Clay, can learn the joys of exploration. Fur real though, give Clay a journey of a lifetime and adopt! Fill out an Adoption Application today!

Are you looking for a low-maintenance roommate? Then Tibbs the Hound Mix may be the perfect dog for you! Tibbs is an older gentleman (6-years-old) who is looking for someone to love him and give him a home. He likes other dogs, but doesn’t appreciate roughhousing. Instead, he has mastered the art of the couch and would rather spend his days getting pets and attention. With his laid-back personality, you won’t have to worry about entertaining him! This chilled out guy has been there, done that, and just wants an easy life. Fur real though, Tibbs would make the perfect right hound man!

Fill out an Adoption Application to help Tibbs find love and relaxation!

Fort Wayne, IN (July 16, 2021) – Humane Fort Wayne’s LoveSeats unveiling will take place July 17th at 12:00 PM at Freimann Square, 201 E Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

On July 17th, Humane Fort Wayne, in partnership with Leadership Fort Wayne, Greater FW Inc., and Bob Rohrman Subaru of Fort Wayne, will be unveiling their LoveSeats public art project to the Fort Wayne community. 25 interactive pieces were created by area artists as a way to learn more about the lifesaving work of Humane Fort Wayne, and to share the joy of art in our beautiful downtown with your family and friends – furry ones included!

To tour all 25 LoveSeats, speak with the artists and sponsors behind the pieces, and learn a little more about Humane Fort Wayne, meet us in front of the United Arts Center at 12:00 PM.

For more information on the LoveSeats public art project, visit

Nellie Oleson is a retired performer, long tired of high fives for crunchy treats. She’s exploring what she really loves doing, jumping hurdles for tuna tube snacks! Nellie has been in our program for far too long and she’s growing tired of this place. While we work hard to keep her mind occupied, she wants nothing more than a home of her own, to stretch her legs and work off her cantaloupe body. While she loves people, she lacks patience for young and rowdy kittens and is ready to mingle with folks with her level of maturity. At 4 years old, Nellie is ready to settle down and get comfortable with a family that loves her no matter what. Fur real though, Nellie Oleson is beautiful and incredibly brilliant!

Fill out an Adoption Application today to give Nellie Oleson a little house of her own!

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Humane Fort Wayne’s Rebranding

Upcoming Events

Shelter Matters

Corporate Sponsors

2020 Annual Report

Lucky Little Lars

Board Of Directors


With the shelter’s kennels full of so many dogs, we wanted to feature everyone this week! Some adult dogs are overlooked and underappreciated when they can give just as much love as a young puppy. By adopting an older dog, you are giving them a second chance at finding their forever home!

Here are just a few of our adoptable dogs that are available NOW:

Drake (Male, 3 years old, Terrier, American Staffordshire/Mix)

Leigh (Female, 2 years old, Hound/Mix)

Keeta (Female, 3 years old, Collie, Rough/Siberian Husky)

Weston (Male, 3 years old, Shepherd/Doberman Pinscher)

Flabbergast (Male, 3 years old, Terrier, American Staffordshire/Bulldog, American)

Symon (Male, 4 years old, German Shepherd/Siberian Husky)

Can’t adopt right now? Another great way to help the dogs at the shelter is by fostering! For many dogs, the shelter is a scary place. Fostering helps the dogs feel calm and relaxed until their adoption appointment! It also frees up kennel space for incoming dogs!

Fur real though, by adopting or fostering you can save lives!

If you want to help the dogs at Humane Fort Wayne, fill out an adoption application or learn more about our foster program!

Depeche Meow is our resident emo/goth girl. While many of our cats enjoy the catnip pools and laying in the sun, Depeche Meow purrfers to stay in the shade and hang out with a few friends instead of big crowds. She enjoys the silence and just can’t get enough head scratches, but sometimes will get inspired to chase the popular cats away so she can enjoy Churu snackies by herself. While she’s not all rainbows and sunshine, her chinchilla soft fur and beautiful eyes makes her perfect for those obsessed with the moon and stars.

Depeche is a 3-year-old gal looking for her forever home! She loves getting lots of pets and attention from people. She’s a beautiful cat who is just looking for the right people to love her. Fur real though, Depeche Meow is the perfect partner for relaxing and listening to some music!

Fill out an Adoption Application today to never let Depeche Meow down again!

Dogs are wonderful companions who make our lives infinitely better. The beautiful Kataleya is no exception! She is a 3-year-old Retriever/Mix looking for the perfect family to take her home. With all of the changes at the shelter, Kataleya has some separation anxiety, but there are many tips, tricks, and advice that the HFW staff can provide to help Kataleya settle into her new home nicely. She can easily make friends with any person or dog who comes to the shelter. She loves to run, play, and have lots of fun outside. This gal is seriously an absolute delight to be around. Fur real though, don’t delay – adopt Kataleya today!

Fill out an Adoption Application to give this sweet girl a loving home!

Here at Humane Fort Wayne, we value all cats – even the ones that are often overlooked and underappreciated. There are a few lovely felines that have been at the HFW Shelter for a while that are incredibly sweet and friendly, but have just not found their purrfect match yet.

Rochelle W. is a very calm and low-key girl… until its playtime! She gets really into playing with string toys and has a blast! When she is relaxed, she enjoys perching on top of boxes and watching the people and cats around her. Rochelle is a sweet cat who is looking for a family to provide her with love… and some boxes!

Sweetness is a beautiful gal whose unique voice makes her sound a little mean, when in reality, she is sweet like her name suggests! Sweetness is independent and would do best in a home without young children. She enjoys pets and snuggles, but she will just need some time to get to know you first!

Farnsworth is super outgoing and friendly, and he loves belly scratches. He’s everybody’s friend and he’s part of the welcoming committee in Cat Room 2! His face makes him look a little angry, but meeting new people and cats is actually his favorite thing in the world!

Paisley is the definition of beauty. She is a sweet senior who is just waiting for the right family to take her home and adore her! Paisley’s favorite activity is sitting in the sun and watching the birds outside her window. She has a very calm and laid back personality that would make her the perfect fit for a quiet household.

Rochelle W., Sweetness, Farnsworth, and Paisley are all some of our longest resident cats at HFW. All of these cats are full of so much love and they’re just waiting for the right person to give it to. Fur real though, all of these cats are truly remarkable!

If you are considering adding a cat to your family, fill out an adoption application today and unleash some love for our longtime residents!

Hello Plio! This 2-year-old gal has a lot of interests. She’s a brilliant dog who knows a few commands. She also enjoys squeaky toys, playing fetch, going on walks, and most of all – cuddles! Plio’s favorite part of the day is hanging out with people who are excited to give her pets and all of their love. Not only does she love people, but she loves other dogs, too! She is currently co-kenneled with another dog and has tons of fun during doggy playgroups. Plio often looks scared in photos because she holds her ears back, but she is a very calm and relaxed dog. She’s an absolute sweetheart who gives as much love as she gets! Fur real though, Plio is a true people person… or pup!

To add this cuddle bug to the family, fill out an Adoption Application today!

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Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806
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