Animal shelter to pet owners: Pick up lost pets

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Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control officials are urging pet owners to reclaim their pets from the shelter.

The shelter said in a news release marked “URGENT” on Friday that after a recent spike in stray dogs, its stray wards were at capacity. With more strays expected to come in over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the shelter said it needed to make room.

The shelter is closed Monday and owners will not be able to reclaim their pets until the shelter opens Tuesday. 

“Holiday weekends often lead to an uptick in stray animals brought to the shelter,” Animal Care and Control wrote in the release. “To prevent your dog from getting lose be sure to always keep it leashed and under control at all times. Be sure your pet is always wearing ID tags and its microchip information is up to date.”

Anyone in search of a lost pet is asked to fill out a lost report, visit the shelter and check to see if the animal is at the shelter. Anyone who finds a stray should fill out a found report with Animal Care and Control and keep the animal in their home if possible.

The shelter said Animal Control officers would be on duty and available to respond to calls over the holiday weekend. Residents should call 449-3000.

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