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Animal Control & Rescue
The animal shelter is gearing up for kitten season by hosting a “Kitten Shower” in April to stock up on necessary supplies for the foster families that will be caring for these little ones until they are ready to be adopted. click here for more info

The Animal Control & Rescue's goal is to prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases, diseases communicable from animals to humans under normal conditions, and to ensure proper care and humane handling of animals within the community through education, outreach, and hands-on activities. The facility provides temporary shelter, food and medical care to lost, stray or unwanted animals until they are reunited with their owner or find a new home. .

Animal Shelter Statistics

Adopting an Animal
Click here to see the animal shelters adoptable pets
An adoption application must be completed to adopt. Click here to access the Adoption Application and Worksheet

Lost Pets
Have you lost your pet? Click here to see stray and lost animals that have been brought to the shelter.  

To report an incident, please call 816-271-4877. Our Animal Control Officers respond to calls regarding stray animals, animal bites, animal neglect or cruelty, exposure to wildlife, deceased animals. For wildlife not in your home, please contact Wildlife Conservation.  Emergency calls are as follows: animal bites, dangerous/vicious animals, sick or injured stray animals and wildlife exposures. 

Humane Education
A humane educator teaches and promotes humane treatment toward people, animals, and the environment. The Humane Educator for Animal Control and Rescue provides school and public education programs, assumes a close relationship with the media, and offers community outreach programs and events. They are also responsible for supporting and enhancing the enrichment programs in place at the shelter and oversee the Puppies for Parole program. 

Tethering Ordinance
In October, City Council passed ordinances to amend Chapter 5 of the Code of Ordinances to add a new Section 5-107 titled "Unlawful restraint of a dog; tethering" and Section 5-108 titled "Housing enclosure requirements for dogs." Chapter 5 of the Code of Ordinances was also amended to add a new Section 5-8 titled "Disposal of deceased animals." Ordinances can be viewed by clicking on the section titles. Information can also be found in Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us
Holly Bowie
Animal Control & Rescue Manager

701 Lower Lake Road
St. Joseph, MO 64504

Ph: 816-271-4877
Fx: 816-238-6322

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
1-5:30 p.m.

1-6:30 p.m.

1-4:30 p.m.

1-4:30 p.m.

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