FDHS Programs & Services

We have various services to assist pet owners. Many of these are offered at a reduced cost! Please read below for an overview of the resources and programs available.

Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Program

As part of our mission to promote responsible pet ownership, we offer convenient, low-cost spay/neuter options, both at our clinic (feline spays/neuters only) and through the H.O.P.E. for Animals program (spays/neuters for dogs and cats). In 2018, we assisted with 624 animals from our area being spayed/neutered.


Spaying and neutering pets means:

  • Stopping unwanted litters
  • Making pets less likely to run away
  • Making pets less likely to bite
  • Making pets more trainable
  • No messy heat cycles
  • Pets are less likely to urine mark
  • Pets are less likely to develop certain cancers

FDHS Clinics

We offer quarterly feline spay/neuter “days” at our onsite surgery suite. Our next scheduled clinic is TBD. You can register online or at the shelter.  All fees are due prior to services and can be paid online using PayPal or by cash, check, or card at the office.

We also have limited spots available to the public for felines every Friday during our normal surgery day at the shelter.  Note:  We are now scheduling into December.  Please contact us at 419-658-2298 to see what openings are available.

Costs for Cats

  • Males – $25
  • Females – $50

Additional Services

  • Feline Leukemia Vaccine $15
  • Feline Distemper Vaccine $10
  • Rabies Vaccine $10
  • Capstar $5
  • Revolution $15
  • FELV/FIV Test $20
  • Nail Trim $6

Neuter Bundle $75 – includes FeLV/FIV Test, Feline Leukemia Vaccine, Feline Distemper Vaccine, and Rabies Vaccine

Spay Bundle $100 – includes FeLV/FIV Test, Feline Leukemia Vaccine, Feline Distemper Vaccine, and Rabies Vaccine

H.O.P.E. for Animals Clinic

FDHS partners with H.O.P.E. for Animals of Fort Wayne, Indiana, to provide our community with high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services for dogs and cats. You can register online or at the shelter.  All fees are due prior to services. All surgeries include pre-op pain/anti-anxiety medication, post-op pain medication, and dissolvable sutures. The rabies vaccine is mandated by the state of Indiana. You must provide proof of rabies vaccine or your pet will receive the vaccine at the time of surgery.


1st Thursday of the month
Drop-off is Wednesday prior at 4:00pm (cats) and 4:30pm (dogs).
Pick-up is Thursday 5:00pm – 5:30pm.

Remaining 2019 Clinic Dates:

  • Thursday, December 5


Fort Defiance Humane Society


Payment due upon registration or by the Friday prior to surgery date.

Note:  Any registrations not paid by the Friday prior to the surgery date will be removed from the list.


  • Males (Under 50-lbs.) – $80
  • Males (Over 50-lbs.) – $95
  • Females (Under 50-lbs.) – $85
  • Females (Over 50-lbs.) – $100


  • Males – $55
  • Females – $70
  • Feral/Barn/Stray – $50*

*Stray indicates a cat NOT living in your home. The fee includes microchip, ear tip, and rabies vaccine. Must be in live trap. One cat per trap please.

Additional Costs

There may be additional costs realized at time of surgery which you will be notified of. These may include:

  • Obese Dogs – $15*
  • Dogs Over 100-lbs. – $15
  • Rabies Vaccine – $20**
  • Females in Heat – $15
  • Pregnant Females – $25
  • Non-descended testes – $15
  • Pyometra***/Spay Section – $50
  • Injectable Antibiotic – $5
  • Capstar (Flea Treatment) – $6

*Applies to any pet deemed obese at time of surgery

**Required by State of Indiana

***Pyometra is a uterine infection

Low-Cost, Not Low Quality!

H.O.P.E. for Animals adheres to a medical protocol model dictated by the Humane Alliance and the American Veterinary Medical Association. For more information on their medical protocols, please go to www.humanealliance.org.


Please call (419) 658-2298 or email us.

Report Cruelty and Neglect

Fort Defiance Humane Society employs the area’s only Humane Agent. Please call us at 419-658-2298 to report any acts of animal abuse or neglect.

Neglect is the failure to provide an animal with the necessities of care such as access to food and fresh water, shelter from the weather (hot or cold), a clean living environment, and/or veterinary care.

Intentional cruelty is when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury to an animal.

Our Team will need:

  • The address where the animal is located
  • A description of why you are concerned about the animal
  • Your name and phone number in case our officer needs additional information.

PAW’s Project

FDHS is one of several agencies participating in a multiple county initiative to protect the animals belonging to victims of domestic violence.

The animals which we will target our efforts include:

  1. Any animal that has experienced animal cruelty, has been abandoned, injured, poisoned, etc. by the perpetrator of domestic violence as defined in ORC Chapter 959: Offenses Relating to Domestic Animals.
  2. Any animal that has resided in a home where violence has been known to occur.

Intervention by law enforcement and the criminal justice system, together with cooperation by social service agencies and hospitals, increases the chances that abusive situations will be recognized, appropriately dealt with, and offenders held accountable. If you would like more information about this program, please contact us at 419-658-2298.

Animal Surrender

Animal surrenders are done by appointments only. At times, based on our capacity, we may need to place you on our incoming waiting list. Please contact us to find out more about our process.

Fees for dogs and cats:

  • In Defiance County – $40
  • In Defiance County (6 years old or more) – $65
  • Outside of Defiance County – $75
  • Humane Agent Pick up – $25

For another rehoming option, visit rehome.adoptapet.com.

Stray Animals

Because we have limited space available at our facility, please contact us first if you come across a stray animal. At this time, we are not able to accept feral or barn cats.

When dropping off a stray, we would politely ask that you make a donation of any amount to help cover the cost of care for the animal.

Live Trap Rental

We have live traps available for rent. Pick-up and return during business hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
  • $10 Rental Fee + $50 Deposit

Pet Food Assistance

We are very fortunate to have such generous local and national resources that donate food to FDHS. While we first must ensure we have enough food to care for the “guests” at FDHS, from time to time we may have excess pet food available to assist others in need in our community.

If you are in need of pet food assistance, please contact us at 419-658-2298 and we will do our best to help you or provide you with other resources to contact.

Dog Licenses

Why Register Your Dog?

Licensing is a requirement of state law. However, there is another good reason for licensing your dog. If your animal is missing, FDHS or the Dog Warden can quickly notify you your pet has been found, that way you can quickly claim him. Sec 955.12 of the Ohio Revised Code allows us to hold a licensed dog for up to 14 days, after notifying the owner. If a dog is unlicensed, the law allows it to be held for only 3 days.

  • All dogs 3 months of age or older must have tags.
  • Licenses are $20.75 from December 1 to January 31.
  • After this date a $20.00 penalty will apply (total $40.75 each tag).
  • Three (3) year and permanent tags are only available at the Auditor’s Office.
  • Newly acquired dogs are $20.00 (within 30 days of acquisition).
  • Duplicate tags are $5.00 and only available at the Auditor’s Office.

Where to Register

Dog tags are available through the Auditor’s Office, Hicksville Police Department, and Fort Defiance Humane Society.

Service Dogs

Service dogs (guide, leader, and support animals) must also be licensed, but their fee is waived. Once they are registered with the County, they are permanently licensed by receiving a special tag available only at the Auditor’s Office.

If Your Dog Moves to a New Home

The new owner is required to record the ownership change with the County Auditor. They must present a transfer of ownership certificate (available at the Auditor’s Office) and pay a transfer fee of $5.00.