Wabash County Animal Shelter

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Who We Are

The Wabash County Animal shelter is a 501(c3) nonprofit facility that is not operated by the county. Its policies are determined by an operational volunteer board of directors. The shelter is a limited animal entrance facility. More than 90% of the animals coming through the shelter doors are ultimately adopted into loving and caring homes, either directly from the shelter or through other agencies and rescues. This is above the industry standard definition of a "no-kill" shelter, a name which is a confusing misnomer for the general public. As a "limited entrance" shelter, there is at times a waiting list for animal surrenders. There are inside kennel spaces for a total of 15 dogs with 4 additional outside kennels that are available only during the summer months. Two of the inside spaces are reserved for the law enforcement officers who might bring in a stray animal or one involved in a bite situation. There are 16 large cages for adult cats, mothers with kittens or several kittens by themselves. The quarantine area can hold 6 cats and can be used at times for the adoptable overflow. Animals brought in as strays or found animals are held for 3-5 days to allow for possible owner reclaim. After this time, dogs are tested for heartworm and cats for feline leukemia(FeLV) and feline Immunodeficiency virus(FIV). Both species are then given routine vaccinations including rabies. Animals who are healthy and exhibit no behavioral problems or issues are then available for adoption. The shelter is a low-kill facility with animals being euthanized for primarily medical and behavioral reasons. Every effort is made utilizing a variety of resources to place all animals into new homes but , as dictated by the board based on average stays of animals, there has been a 60 day limit on some at which time, if they have not been adopted the are deemed unadoptable and may be euthanized. When the shelter is at capacity, owner surrendered animals cannot be accepted and will be put on a waiting list until room is available. At times, even stray and found animals may be turned away. As a nonprofit operation, the shelter relies on donations, both material and monetary to provide the services it gives.

Staff and Volunteers

We operate with a paid staff of 5 people, a full time manager, a full time veterinary technician, and 3 part time associates. We currently have approximately 15 volunteers per month working a total of about 100 hours.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always welcome at the shelter. After completion of some basic paperwork, volunteers can come to the shelter during regular hours, sign in, and do such tasks as:

vacuuming rugs throughout the building

sweep floors in the kennel, cat rooms, bathroom, office, front entrance area, hallways, and visitorís room

mop floors in the kennel, cat rooms, bathroom, office, front entrance area, hallways, and visitorís room

collect and take out trash throughout the building

wash windows and door glass

clean the front cat room well

clean waste out of cat and dog cages

clean and sanitize vacant kennels and cages

wash, dry, fold, and put away laundry

wash dishes

clean and check litter boxes

feed and water animals as needed

bathing dogs and puppies

fostering and rescuing animals

helping with offsite adoption events

helping with marketing and photography

When all of the above have been completed, volunteers can then help walk, play with, and socialize dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens.
Individuals are welcome as well as families with children of the appropriate age and all volunteer help is greatly appreciated in caring for the shelterís four-legged residents.

For more information, please stop by or contact the shelter at the phone number below.


Other Services Provided

Animal Behavior and Care Information

Anyone having behavioral or training problems with a pet should consult their veterinarian as a first resource to make sure there are no medical issues causing the problem. Other helpful resources to consult can include book information from the local library, information on Internet sites such as Petfinder.com, Purina, Pedigree, and HSUS as well as trainers and behavioral specialists. But the shelter is also available as a local source of helpful information and welcomes inquiries from pet guardians with pet issues.


The Wabash County Animal Shelter microchips all pets being adopted from its facility. It also offers these services to the public. Microchipping costs just $15 and the shelter staff will complete the registration for the pet guardian. Microchipping involves the insertion of a small information chip the size of a grain of rice under the skin utilizing a small needle and injection device. The chip is coded with a unique number that can be detected with a scanning device used by all shelters and veterinarian office these days. If a chip is detected and the guardian's information has been registered, the number from the chip can be tracked in a data base and the guardian's information is available to the scanner for purposes of returning the animal to its guardian. If the animal has been microchipped but there is no guardian information on file, many times there is information about who microchipped the animal and the shelter, rescue, or veterinarian can be contacted and the animal returned to them.

Wish List

The following items can always be used by this facility

laundry detergent(high efficiency)

dryer sheets


waterless hand sanitizer

bleach and Clorox wipes

paper towel

dry cat and dog food(good quality)

wet(canned) cat and dog food

kitten and puppy food(good quality)

feed bowls

clumping(scoopable) cat litter

small cat litter boxes

cotton balls

Dawn dish soap

SOS pads

green scratch pads

dog training pads

baking soda

clean blankets and towels

Easy Cheese

Peanut Butter

cat and dog toys

cat and dog treats

leashes and collars, harnesses and head collars

copy paper and ink cartridges(call for number and brand)

office supplies, envelopes, stamps


Rewards Program

We are a member of the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Please go to http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com/ to sign up. Call us for details. Our rewards number is 76621.

Endowment Fund

The Wabash County Animal Shelter has an endowment at The Community Foundation of Wabash County. The endowment fund provides unrestricted support to WCAS for future needs.

Our Petfinder.com site

We will try to give all available information about our adoptable animals whenever possible and keep this information current as we learn more about the animals in our care.

Helpful Guidelines for Pet Ages and sizes.

Animals from newborns to 6 months are listed as "baby", those from 6 to 24 months(2 years) are listed as "young", those from 2 to 8 years(for dogs) or 2 to 10 years(for cats) are listed as "adult", and those over 8 years(for dogs) or over 10 years(for cats) are listed as "senior".

Dogs are small if from 1 to 25 pounds, medium if weighing 26 to 50 pounds, large if from 51 to 100 pounds, and are listed as extra-large if over 100 pounds in weight as estimated for their adult size.

Cats are small if weighing(as adults) from 1-6 pounds, medium if from 7-12 pounds, large if from 13 to 25 pounds, and are extra-large if weighing over 25 pounds.

Adopt a Puppy

Adoption Information and Policy

The Wabash County Animal Shelter(WCAS) is very proud of the animals we adopt out. All of our animals are spayed or neutered before being allowed to go to their new forever homes including all puppies and kittens. We test our animals to ensure that our dogs are negative for heartworms and the cats are negative for FIV/FeLV(Feline Aids Virus and Feline Leukemia Virus). All dogs and cats will at least receive their initial vaccinations including the canine Parainfluenza Bordetella(Kennel Cough) Vaccine for the dogs. Most animals, if old enough, will also receive their Rabies Vaccination. We keep our prices to adopt very low(in fact below our costs), so that the animals spend the minimum time at the shelter because we think it is better for the animals to be in loving homes.

All adopters must be over the age of 18 and acknowledge receipt from the Wabash County Animal Shelter the listed animal. You further agree to the following stipulations:
1. To provide food, water, shelter and medical care.
2. Not to neglect or abuse the animal or allow others to do so
3. Not to allow the animal to live on a chain.
4. Not to sell, trade, abandon, release for any experimental purpose whatsoever, nor dispose of said animal in any manner. Should you at any time wish to relinquish ownership, you agree to return the animal to the Wabash County Animal Shelter.
5. To have said animal STERILIZED and proof of RABIES VERIFICATION. State Law requires Rabies Vaccination be given at (3) three months of age.
6. To notify the Animal Shelter, within (10) ten days if circumstances make it impossible to meet each and every term of this adoption agreement.
7. To comply with all applicable laws and ordinances, leash law and animal welfare laws.
8. You further agree to pay any and all reasonable attorney fees and /or other costs associated with inquires into compliance with this Adoption Agreement or any other actions brought in an effort to enforce the terms hereof.

You further agree that the Wabash County Animal Shelter may examine and inquire about the animal at any time and that you will cooperate with those examinations and inquires. If the Wabash County Animal Shelter is not satisfied with conditions, the animal may be reclaimed by the Wabash County Animal Shelter without refund.

Animals adopted from the Wabash County Animal Shelter have no warranty nor are they guaranteed as to age, health, personality or otherwise. The Shelter does not knowingly offer diseased animals for adoption. If your Veterinarian finds the animal to be ill within (7) seven days of adoption, return the animal to the Shelter along with a statement from your Veterinarian, you will also need to bring your adoption receipt and certificate in order to receive a refund.
Failure to comply may subject you to civil and other penalties, in accordance with all applicable laws and ordinances. Compliance of this agreement is YOUR sole RESPONSIBILITY!!!!
Your Veterinarian may fax or mail your proof to the shelter Fax number and our address will be on your adoption certificate.
Please remember that you are adopting a shelter animal who has been uprooted from its home for a variety of reasons including moving, abandonment, death of owner, or abuse. These animals will need a period of time and a lot of your understanding and help in adjusting to a new home. If you have any problems with an adoption from this facility or any questions about care, training, or behavior problems, email us at the address at the bottom of this page and we will try to help. We want your adoption experience to be a positive one and we want the animal to have a long term home.

If you have given careful thought to taking on the responsibility of animal guardianship, the rewards you reap will be immeasurable. Then help save a life and visit the Wabash County Animal Control at the address below.



Tuesday:11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday:11:00 am - 5 :00 pm

Thursday:11:00am - 7:00pm

Friday:11:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday:9:00am - 12:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Adoption Fees

Under 6 months old - $60
Over 6 months old - $50

Under 6 months old - $45
Over 6 months old - $35

Sorry, no online applications accepted at this time.


Come Visit Us!

We are about 1 hour South West of Fort Wayne, and around 2 hours North of Indianapolis. We are 1/2 mile south of US 24, on St Rd 13 (Manchester Ave) in Wabash.

Wabash County Animal Shelter
810 Manchester Ave.
Wabash, Ind. 46992
Phone:(260) 563-3511
Fax: (260)563-3511
Email: wabashshelter@gmail.com
Click here for a list of pets at this shelter

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