Need Our Help? Our officers prioritize dog bites and other dangerous situations when receiving calls for service. While stray or lost dogs are also important to us, wait times may be lengthy when officers are responding to other priorities.
To get help with a dangerous situation or with a dog bite, call 911. These calls are responded to routinely Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For weekends and holidays, an on-call officer is available as needed via 911.
For less serious complaints or inquiries, such as pit bull registration, missing animals or a stray animal complaint, contact us at (417) 833-3592, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding holidays.
Lost your Pet?
If you have lost your dog or cat within Springfield city limits, please let our Animal Control staff know by filling out this online Lost Animal Form. This is your opportunity to let our staff know what your pet looks like, in the event an animal control officer finds your pet and brings it to the shelter. You may also try these additional well-known lost animal resources:
Animal ShelterThe Animal Shelter is located at 4002 North Farmer, Springfield MO 65803. (Please note--Google Maps does not take you to the correct address). The Animal Shelter staff includes an attending veterinarian, a shelter manager, and animal control officers who ensure that the animals are cared for while being held in our facilities. Animals brought to the shelter receive vaccinations under the care of the attending veterinarian, both to ensure health and safety for the individual animal as well as the other animals being held in the facility. To contact the animal control staff, please call (417) 833-3592. You can help the animals at the shelter by donating money to offset adoption costs or by providing needed supplies.
|Services provided for a fee||Fee|
|Pit Bull Registration||$||50.00|
|Annual Renewal of Registration||$||50.00|
|Replace Lost Registration Tag||$||2.00|
|Owner-Surrendered Per Animal||$||20.00|
|Temporary Holding - First Day||$||33.00|
|Temporary Holding - Each Additional Day||$||16.00|
Animal control officers to enforce city ordinances within Springfield city limits related to animals: Chapter 18 - Animals. Rules vary depending on whether the animal is in the city or county.
Animal control services were reinstated in July 2018 to unincorporated areas of the county. In the urban services area—generally speaking, the neighborhoods immediately surrounding the city limits of Springfield—dogs are not permitted to be on another person’s property without his or her consent, but dogs can be unleashed on one’s own property. The priority with county ordinance enforcement will be dog bites and other dangerous incidents. Outside of that urban services area—generally thought of as the more rural area of the county—animal control will respond to dog bite incidents only.
Animal control officers investigate complaints, recover lost and roaming animals, provide education and resource referrals, and work with community partners to promote animal welfare.
Adoptions & Partnerships
Although we are unable to facilitate private adoptions to individuals at the current shelter facilities, we work with a number of partner agencies who rescue animals from our shelter and place them up for adoption in forever homes.
Half-Way Home Rescue, a qualified animal rescue organization, works with us to identify and facilitate adoptions of animals that are left in the Animal Shelter. If you are interested in adopting an animal from the shelter and giving a good home to one of the homeless animals, or interested in donating, please email Latichia Duffy with Half-Way Home. Another rescue group that pulls animals from our shelter is Castaway Animal Rescue Effort, or CARE. They have adoption centers in Springfield and Ozark.
The Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to ending pet overpopulation in the Ozarks. Their services are intended for pet owners who could not otherwise afford to have their animals spayed or neutered. Please use the services of a private veterinarian if you can afford to do so.
Springfield's Updated Nuisance and Restricted Dog Ordinance
4002 N. Farmer Rd.
Springfield, MO 65803
Shelter Public Hours
Monday 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9 am - 11 am
Closed Sundays and major holidays
Ph: (417) 833-3592
Monday - Friday
8:00 - 4:30 pm
(Hours for phone calls only)
- My dog is missing. What resources are available to find it?
- How do I know if I live inside Springfield city limits?
- Are there any clinics in the area that provide reduced prices for spay or neuter services?
- How old must my cat or dog be before it can be spayed or neutered?
- What do I do if I find a bat in my house?
- How old must a cat or dog be to receive the rabies vaccine?
- How often do I have to register my pit bull or pit bull mix?
- There are feral cats in my neighborhood inside the Springfield city limits. Can you help?
- Can a monkey be a service animal?
- My neighbor has chickens in his backyard. What can Animal Control enforce on that situation?
- There is a dog in a car with the windows rolled up, and it is very hot/cold outside. Whom should I call?
- Why doesn’t the shelter adopt directly to individuals?
- Who can bring an animal to the animal shelter?