2021 a banner year at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control (FWACC) is celebrating and reflecting on its accomplishments in 2021. The city agency released data it compiled from the year on Wednesday.

FWACC continued to expand its support program to improve the quality of life for citizens and companion animals in the Fort Wayne community. In January, a split between the position of volunteer and that of reception coordinator occurred, creating two different positions. This allowed the host family coordinator and the host family team to focus solely on and develop the host family program.

The foster program expanded by 125 additional foster homes and rescued 1,547 animals; the previous record was 1,200 in 2020. The shelter was able to save 180 newborn kittens thanks to the community.

The increase in the foster program has led to an increase in adoptions. The adoption program broke a record of 3,115 pets able to find their forever homes.

In an effort to build a better community, the shelter has expanded its educational programs for children. Instead of two weeks of summer camp, six weeks are now offered. In addition, one-day fall, winter and spring break camps have been created.

2021 Animal Care and Control Statistics:

  • 10,686 animals (1,042 are wild animals) came to the shelter. That’s 27 animals a day.
  • 1,908 animals returned to their owners.
  • 1,589 animals were returned to the shelter by their owners.
  • 1,047 animals transferred to shelters/other shelters
  • 918 community cats have returned to the colonies
  • 3,115 animals adopted
  • 1,551 animals sent to foster families
  • 200 active host families
  • 11,377 volunteer hours
  • 291 active volunteers
  • 2,472 animals euthanized at the request of the owner and for medical or behavioral reasons
  • $10,000 grant from The Kitten Lady – Orphan Kitten Club to support foster program
  • $1,500 Individual Kitten Grant from the Orphan Kitten Club to save Cece, a kitten who required surgery on both eyes
  • $25,000 grant from the Best Friends Animal Society to cover the cost of additional staff and rescue supplies for the foster program.

Community outreach data and 2021 highlights:

  • Animal control officers responded to 19,123 calls for service
  • Animal control officers responded to 1,822 calls of suspected animal cruelty and neglect
  • Eight off-site adoption sites for adoptable cats that allowed more space in the shelter
  • FWACC becomes a partner of the Orphan Kitten Club
  • 780 children participated in the shelter’s humane education programs
  • FWACC staff witnessed a reunion between a dog that had been missing for eight years and its owners thanks to a microchip
  • 34.87% of pet owners who made an appointment to drop off their pet decided to keep their pet or rehomed it outside of the shelter after receiving services through Pet Retention Program the FWACC

Boyd S. Abbott