Animal Control & Adoption
Animal shelters have been given a bad rap over the years. In the past they were commonly known as the “dog pound”, as if it were a jail for dogs and cats. They were sometimes depicted with big, mean looking men that hated animals and wanted to lock them all up or even worse, euthanize them.
While it is true that the shelter is a place where stray, lost, abandoned or surrendered animals, mostly dogs and cats, are brought today’s shelters are a loving, caring place for these animals. It is sometimes necessary to euthanize sick animals and sadly even unwanted animals. That is why our shelter staff prides themselves in going above and beyond when it comes to animal adoptions. They are constantly updating their Facebook page with pets that are up for adoption. We would love for you to come by and visit with the animals that are currently available for adoption.
Animal Control is responsible for the enforcement of city ordinances and state laws pertaining to animals and fowl. The mission is to provide humane education to the public, promoting responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of all animals.
Our staff is dedicated to educating / informing the public of their responsibilities to their animals, their neighborhood, and ultimately to their community, then enforcing the ordinances of our city when our education efforts are not enough. Animal control strives to reduce the dangers and nuisances caused by irresponsible pet ownership and to protect pets from abuse.
A new Animal Control and Adoption Center is currently under design and should be begin construction later this year. Having a larger shelter means we can hold animals longer, giving them a chance to be adopted. The new shelter will also provide a nice adoption area where residents can play with an animal before they adopt it. This helps allows you to see the pet’s temperament and see if it will be a good fit for your family.
Our shelter is operated by Supervisor, Jeanna Hooker, and two animal control officers. All three of them are huge animal lovers and would love to help you find your new little family member.
For more information about adoption or other animal issues, visit our webpage.