Animal Health and Public Safety

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The Animal Health and Public Safety Division promotes the safety and welfare of animals, as well as the safety of residents from animals or animal-borne diseases. It also enforces the rules on pet animals and livestock, inspects facilities that sell, breed or care for animals, and conducts educational programs for adults and youth to help reach those goals. For more information, please call 311 or (816) 513-9821 for the Animal Shelter.

You may also wish to view our Frequently Asked Questions and Animal Health and Public Safety’s Enforcement Process before calling our office.

Want an Animal Health representative to speak at your school or next neighborhood/homeowners association meeting? Call (816) 513-9806. To report animal issues, including possible abuse or neglect, call 311 or (816) 513-1313.

Animal Adoption

The Kansas City, Mo., Animal Shelter is open for adoptions weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. It’s located at 4400 Raytown Road, just behind the sports stadiums. The Kansas City Pet Project operates the shelter for the City.

Stray dogs are kept at the shelter for five business days, and stray cats for two business days, before they are offered for adoption. Cats or dogs relinquished by their owners to the shelter are put up for adoption the next day. You can view adoptable animals at PetFinder.com, but be aware they may be adopted by the time you get to the shelter! Adoption fees may be paid by cash, check, credit card or debit card. Pet licenses also can be purchased at the shelter when picking up your new friend, or can be obtained through your veterinarian.

For more information on adoption, including costs and specials, please visit kcpetproject.org or call (816) 513-9821.

Animal Licenses

Animal licenses have gone down in price recently; permits are also available for non-private purposes such as animal shows, kennels, and catteries.

Further details about rules for animals in the City of Kansas City, Mo., can be found in Chapter 14 of the Code of Ordinances.

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