Columbia/Boone County Animal Control

    Columbia/Boone County Animal Control supports responsible pet ownership while helping keep animals and the public safe.


    • Open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 7 days a week, except on all observed City of Columbia holidays
    • Emergency After Hours Services: An Animal Control Officer is on-call after hours, on holidays and weekends for the following emergency situations only:
      • 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
      • Reporting an animal bite

    Our Services

    • Enforcing the City of Columbia and Boone County animal ordinances:
    • Providing Rabies and animal welfare education
    • Assisting with low cost or free spay and neuter options
    • Investigating animal complaints
    • Handling animal cruelty complaints
    • Picking up sick and/or injured animals
    • Providing free rides home for animals with microchip, City of Columbia license, or any other identification

    Our Service Areas

    Frequently Asked Questions


    File a Complaint 

    • Need to file an Animal Control Complaint? Click here


    Report an Animal Bite

    • Were you or someone you know bitten by an animal? Click here to report an animal bite.

    lost pets

    Report a Lost Pet

    • Please call Animal Control at 573-449-1888 to report a lost pet.  Also, you can look for your pet in our shelter.

    • In addition, you may want to visit the Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia (616 Big Bear Blvd.) to look for your pet. Click here for directions to CMHS.


    Vaccines and Licenses


    Spay/Neuter Vouchers

    • A limited number of free spay/neuter vouchers are available to dog and cat owners. Vouchers are limited to one household per year. Click here to learn more.

    Responsible Pet Ownership

    Animal Control supports responsible pet ownership. Here are some tips:

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