Animal Control

    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 the 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

    Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions or view below for more information about Animal Control. 


    Animal Control Complaints 

    • Need to file an Animal Control Complaint? Click here.


    Animal Bites

    • Were you or someone you know bitten by an animal? Learn more about animal bites.
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    Lost Pets

    • If your pet is missing, please call Animal Control at 573-449-1888 to report it missing. Click here to view our Shelter information.
    • It is also a good idea to visit the Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia (616 Big Bear Blvd.) to look for your pet. Click here for directions.

    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 for more information.

    Responsible Pet Ownership

    Animal Control supports responsible pet ownership. Here are some tips for being a responsible pet owner:

    1. Love and attention daily
    2. Food and water daily
    3. Exercise
    4. Kept clean, brushed and groomed
    5. Disciplined
    6. Provided shelter from rain, snow, cold and drafts
    7. Spayed or neutered
    8. Licensed and tagged (link to animal license and tags page)
    9. Regular veterinary care
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    About Us

    • Animal Control is 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 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
    • Click here to view the Animal Control Service Areas.


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