Animal Control

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The Animal Control division supports responsible pet ownership while helping keep animals and the public safe. Our Animal Control Officers assist the public with many services such as:

  • Enforce city and county animal ordinances
  • Provide Rabies and animal welfare education
  • Assist with low cost or free spay and neuter options
  • Investigate animal complaints
  • Handle animal cruelty complaints
  • Pick up sick and/or injured animals
  • Free ride home for animals with microchip, City of Columbia license, or any other identification
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Lost Pets

  • If your pet is missing, call Animal Control at 573-449-1888 to report it missing.  It is always a good idea to visit the Central Missouri Humane Societyto look for your pet. 
  • The Central Missouri Humane Society is located at 616 Big Bear Blvd. Click here for directions.

Spay/Neuter Vouchers

  • A limited number of free spay/neuter vouchers are available to dog and cat owners who meet minimum income guidelines. Vouchers are limited to one household per year. For more information, please contact Animal Control at 573-449-1888.
Learn how to get your pet Vaccinated and Licensed.
Need to file an Animal Control Complaint? Click here.
Were you or someone you know bitten by an animal?Learn more about animal bites.
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Animal Control is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week, and are closed on all City of Columbia observed holidays.

Emergency After Hours Services

An Animal Control Officer is on-call after hours, on holidays and weekends for emergencies only.  The following situations are considered emergencies:

  • Wildlife inside the living areas of a residence (not outside or in a garage)
  • Large animals running loose on a major roadway
  • Sick or badly injured animals
  • Vicious dogs that are currently running loose
  • Report an animal bite


View the City of Columbia & Boone County Animal Control Ordinances.

View animals currently in our Shelter.

Lean more about Animal Control Fees.

View the Animal Control Service Areas.


Responsibilities Of Pet Owners

  • Pets need . . .

    • Love and attention daily
    • Food and water daily
    • Exercise
    • To be kept clean, brushed and groomed
    • To be disciplined
    • Shelter from rain, snow, cold and drafts
    • To receive regular veterinary care


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