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Animal Control & Rescue
The City of St. Joseph Health Department Animal Control and Rescue division is seeking public input on a proposed ordinance before it is presented to the members of the City Council. Using an online tool, residents are encouraged to log on and offer feedback.

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The Animal Control & Rescue's goal is to prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases, diseases communicable from animals to humans under normal conditions, and to ensure proper care and humane handling of animals within the community through education, outreach, and hands-on activities.
Things You Can Do

  • Adopt...animals available to adopt
  • Rescue...animals available to rescue
  • Foster...animals in need of foster homes
  • Lost Pets...animals reported lost or missing by their owners
  • Stray Animals...lost and stray animals brought in to the shelter
  • Found Animals...animals reported found, but not brought in to the shelter


  • Animal bites
  • Inhumane treatment of animals
  • Nuisance animals
  • Vicious / dangerous animals
  • Wildlife exposure

Other Services
  • Adoption of impounded animals
  • Assessment of animal related issues/damages for resolution
  • Educational programs
  • Disposal of deceased animals
  • Low cost spay / neuter
  • Pet of the week program
  • Rabies vaccination clinics

Adopting an Animal
Adoption Application and Worksheet
NOTE: The adoption application requires that you apply for a specific shelter pet. Please access this website to see our adoptable pets.

Emergency Calls
The following qualifies as an emergency call:
  • Animal bites
  • Dangerous / vicious animals
  • Sick or injured stray animals
  • Wildlife exposures

Contact Us
Holly Bowie
Animal Control & Rescue Manager

701 Lower Lake Road
St. Joseph, MO 64504

Ph: 816-271-4877
Fx: 816-271-5362

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
1-5:30 p.m.

1-6:30 p.m.

1-4:30 p.m.

1-4:30 p.m.

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