Animal Control

The animal control program's goals are to ensure the health and welfare of the Springfield and Greene County communities and its animals through the enforcement of ordinances related to animals, as well as the promotion of responsible pet ownership.

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:
Shelter Map

Animal Shelter

The 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.

Shelter Fees

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
Note- we are very limited on cat capacity, so please contact the shelter before bringing out any cats. All transactions require cash or debit/credit cards. We do not take checks. We only take owner-surrendered animals from citizens living inside the city limits, so you must bring a photo ID.


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

Read more about the Nuisance and Restricted Dog Ordinance here.

Contact Info

Animal Control
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)

Emergency: 9-1-1