Saint Louis County Animal Care and Control Services have a big job - to assure that pets and people live together in safety and harmony - and that ALL pets receive proper care and housing. As part of your Health Department, Animal Control officers are in action every day, handling many routine as well as emergency situations with pets and wild animals.
One of the most important things that Animal Control officers do is investigate animal bites. Rabies is transmitted by wild and domestic animal bites and is usually fatal. Officers place animals that have bitten people under observation to ensure the threat of rabies is reduced.
For any animal related emergencies (including bats within the living areas of the home) outside of normal business hours, Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. please call the after hour police nonemergency line at (314) 889-2341.
Saint Louis County Animal Care and Control is very excited to announce the launch of our new Volunteer Program. Through the dedication and passion of Volunteers we look forward to enhancing the lives of the animals we care for and the community we serve. We will be starting our program with a limited amount of volunteer positions so that we can ensure success for the animals, community and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out an application (hosted on a separate site).
Animal Control authorities operate a shelter and adoption programs to protect and find homes for many unwanted animals. If you are interested in adopting an animal or have an animal that you can no longer keep, call (314) 615-0650 or come in for information. The shelter is open from Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saint Louis County Animal Care and Control Adoption Center
10521 Baur Boulevard
Olivette, MO 63132
Spaying and Neutering
Along with Saint Louis area veterinarians and the Humane Society, Animal Control strongly encourages that all pets be spayed or neutered to prevent the birth of unwanted litters. Spaying and neutering pets is a big part of being a responsible pet owner. Unwanted and uncontrolled animals threaten and bite people. They spread disease, destroy property, cause accidents, and suffer from neglect - as well as produce millions of unwanted offspring across the nation. Animal Control authorities have to make hard decisions every day about unclaimed pets. Way too many pets are euthanized each year. County residents can make a difference by being responsible pet owners.
The Saint Louis County Health Department also runs a Reduced Cost Spay/Neuter Program to assist those who might otherwise have a financial difficulty having their pet altered.
Your Pet's “Free Phone Call Home”
The Rabies Identification tag can be your pet's “Free Phone Call Home”.
Hundreds of thousands of pets are vaccinated and registered by pet owners, area veterinarians and your Animal Control Services. Dogs and cats are required to be vaccinated for rabies. As this is done, veterinarians issue a Rabies Identification Tag which should immediately be put on your pet's collar. An identifying microchip can also be injected painlessly under a pet's fur. It serves as a backup identification method, since it can be read with a special scanner even if your pet loses its collar and tag.
If pets are found by Animal Control officers, tag numbers or microchip numbers are immediately checked in our computer to reunite lost pets with their owners. Pets can't tell authorities where they live - and tags serve as your pet's Free Phone Call Home! This is the most important thing you can do for your pet.
If you've lost a pet - post signs, talk to mail carriers and children in the neighborhood, and check all animal shelters and other animal holding areas.
What else do Animal Control Officers do?
Animal Control officers enforce ordinances such as leash laws, vaccination requirements and registration of many types of non-domestic animals. They investigate nuisance situations and assure humane treatment of animals.
Brochures are available on animal control laws and others services. Officers can visit your school or group for an informational presentation on responsible pet care and the responsibilities of their job.
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The Animal Control staff can do presentations for:
County schools, neighborhood groups and service groups.
Topics: Nuisance Animals, Animal Bites, and Living with Wildlife. Each presentation includes a
5-minute video and a question & answer period.
To schedule a presentation or a tour of our shelter,
Call (314) 615-0650.
Videotapes are available for $5 each from the shelter at
10521 Baur Boulevard, Olivette, MO 63132. Video topics include:
Services of Animal Control
How to be a Responsible Pet Owner (for Children)
For more information contact your DOH Animal Services Manager.