Tips for deciding if this is the right time to welcome a new pet into your home:
- 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?
- 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 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 when you travel are you able to provide boarding for the pet?
- 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?
- Have all those living within your household interacted with the dog or cat?
- If adopting a dog and you have a dog at home, has your dog come in for an interaction?
Allen County SPCA Adoption Process
Here's what to expect when visiting with and adopting from us:
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 your new pet home. All those living within your household must be present to interact with the dog or cat. If adopting a dog and you have a dog at home, that dog must come in for an interaction. 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
Before you visit any of our animals, we ask you to fill out a pre-adoption application. Even if you have seen an animal you are interested in on our website, on television or through another source, we want to make sure we gather as much information as possible to best help you find your future companion.
3. Visit with the pet
When you come to our shelter, and if you have already filled out an application, you can ask about visiting with our animals. If you don't yet know of an animal you want to visit, take a look on our website or in our pet binder (available at our shelter). These resources have pictures and details about each dog or cat. They cover behavioral characteristics and provide information on the type of home we believe would be best for that pet.
Once you know which animal you would like to see, we will take you into our socialization room to visit with dogs or into a cat room to visit with the cats. Please note that 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.
During your animal visit, you will be able to spend time interacting with the animal and ask our staff any questions you may have about how we received the animal, behavioral characteristics, and general information about the animal. We are there to help you get as familiar as possible with the animals.
Please note that all those living within your household need to interact with the dog or cat in order for you to be able to adopt.
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. This includes 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 you visit with it 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.
- All those living within your household 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.
- You bring in current vaccination records for any pets at home.
7. Fees and taking your pet home
Puppy – 5 months old or younger $125
Adult Dog – Over 25 lbs. and between 6 months and 5 years old
Small Adult Dog – Under 25 lbs. and between 6 months and 8 years old
Senior Adult Dog – Over 25 lbs. and 6+ years old
Senior Small Adult Dog – Under 25 lbs. and 9+ years old
Bonded Pairs – Adult Dogs
$100 for the pair
Bonded Pairs – Senior Adult Dogs $50 for the pair Cats and Kittens Name Your Fee on Feline Adoptions
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.
Adopters must provide a leash and collar for dogs and/or suitable crate for cats.
We take every measure to adopt out healthy and suitable pets for your lifestyle. If you find that you are unable to care for your new companion, you will need to call the shelter before re-homing the pet. We take this very seriously and put utmost importance on our animals' well-being when finding them forever homes. You will be asked to sign a binding contract to ensure the safety and care of your new pet.
Your new pet will be microchipped before you take him or her home. This microchip is not a GPS. If your pet ever becomes lost, the finder will have to take him or her to a local vet, our shelter, or Animal Care & Control for a simple microchip scan. This will bring up your contact information so that you can reunite with him or her.