FWACC operating with 'restricted access' amid Coronavirus pandemic

Animal Control Officers will continue to operate as normal. Anyone with an animal-related emergency can call 260-427-1244 during normal business hours or 260-449-3000 after hours and on weekends.

Posted: Mar 17, 2020 1:07 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2020 1:26 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Fort Wayne's animal control is the latest group to announce the restrictions they have put in place as health officials work to slow down the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

To curb the spread of COVID-19 Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control says it is restricting access to its building while continuing to provide public safety and adoption services to the community.

Animal Control Officers will continue to operate as normal.

Anyone with an animal-related emergency can call 260-427-1244 during normal business hours or 260-449-3000 after hours and on weekends.

At the shelter, the doors will remain locked to the business lobby.

People coming to reclaim, surrender or drop off stray animals will be required to ring the doorbell and wait for a staff member to let them in.

FWACC says they take social distancing very seriously and will limit the number of people in the building to make sure everyone can stay at least six feet from one another.

Some people may have to wait outside until their staff members are able to assist them.

If you’ve lost your pet please check our website list of animals regularly and bring photos with you to the shelter when reclaiming.

You will not be able to walk through the kennels at FWACC.

The adoption center will be open, but access will be restricted to "serious adopters" only.

Adopters will now be required to fill out an adoption profile prior to entering the building.

Doors will be locked and adopters must ring the doorbell and wait for a staff member to let them inside and assist with the adoption.

Only a few adopters will be allowed in the building at any given time, meaning people will have to wait outside.

Adopters should expect the process to take longer than usual as we will be implementing extra precautions during the process to implement social distancing and best practices.

"This is uncharted territory for us all," Holly Pasquinelli with FWACC said. "We are already operating near capacity and it’s important we work together to reduce the number of animals coming into our shelter."

Due to social distancing and more people opting to stay home FWACC is expecting to see a decrease in adoptions.

If you have a pet at home – put its collar with identification tags on it immediately.

This will allow animal control officers to contact you and return your animal if it gets out without it ever coming to the shelter.

FWACC is encouraging anyone who wants to surrender their animal to the shelter to reconsider.

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