Frequently Asked Questions

    How much is a license fee?

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    What happens if my cat/dog bites someone?

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    What should I do if I or someone I know was bitten by an animal?

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    Is a rabies shot required even if my dog or cat stays indoors all the time?

    Yes, all dogs or cats must have a current rabies vaccination per City and County ordinances. Rabies vaccinations can be for 1-3 years in length.

    What is the benefit of having my animal microchipped?

    A microchip can easily help Animal Control help return your pet to you if it becomes lost.


    Do you do anything with wild animals, such as bats?

    Animal Control will respond to wildlife in a person’s living quarters during anytime of the day or night. This especially includes bats.

    What do I do if my pet is missing?

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    What are your hours of operation?

     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.

    What is considered an emergency situation after hours?

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

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

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