Roaming cats become Community Cats with new program

File Photo (MGN)
File Photo (MGN)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Fort Wayne’s Department of Animal Care & Control is launching a program to help cats that roam neighborhoods. The program started after a new ordinance was signed into law by Mayor Tom Henry.

The program, Community Cats, takes outdoor free roaming cats and evaluates and returns them to communities with identification as a Community Cat. To celebrate the start of the program, Animal Care & Control is offering $10 microchipping for pets through their partner agencies HOPE for Animals and Allen County SPCA.

A Community Cat has been evaluated and sterilized by a licensed veterinarian, ear tipped, vaccinated for rabies, microchipped, documented and released back into the area from where it was captured. When a cat can be identified as a Community Cat, it can be exempt from the legal hold period.

Animal Care & Control said residents who are worried about their cat being mistaken for a Community Cat should make sure their animal has proper identification. It also suggests pets receive pet microchips that can identify the owners if a pet is ever lost. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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