FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – With help from the community, Humane Fort Wayne assembled shelters for community cats at its annual Feline Fall Festival on Saturday at the Humane Fort Wayne Clinic, located at 1333 Maycrest Dr.

From 10 a.m. to noon participants worked as a team to assemble 300 outdoor shelters. The shelter said the event also featured free family-friendly activities, tours of the clinic and light refreshments. COVID-19 guidelines were in place.

“Humane Fort Wayne is honored to host the Feline Fall Festival this year. This shelter building day is a wonderful community activity that H.O.P.E. for Animals held every year to benefit Fort Wayne’s community cats,” said Jessica Henry, Humane Fort Wayne’s Executive Director.

Community cats are free roaming cats or kittens that have no identifiable owners. Humane Fort Wayne said it is estimated that there are 16,000 felines living in our area. The shelters constructed during the Feline Fall Festival will be available to the public and community cat caretakers to provide safe fall and winter lodging for these felines.

Community Cat shelters will be available for pick-up at the Humane Fort Wayne Clinic throughout the cold weather season, while supplies last. There is no cost for the shelters, but donations are encouraged. All monetary donations received at the event support the Community Cat Program. 

To learn about the Community Cat Program, visit