Animal Control & Rescue

Animal Control officers provide protection for animals against inhumane treatment and protect the public from diseased and vicious animals through education and complaint investigation. The facility provides temporary shelter, food and medical care to lost, stray or unwanted animals until they are reunited with their owner or find a new home.

Animal Shelter Statistics (PDF)


To report an incident, please call 816-271-4877. Our Animal Control Officers respond to calls regarding stray animals, animal bites, animal neglect or cruelty, exposure to wildlife, deceased animals. For wildlife not in your home, please contact Wildlife Conservation. Emergency calls are as follows: animal bites, dangerous/vicious animals, sick or injured stray animals and wildlife exposures.

Humane Education

A humane educator teaches and promotes humane treatment toward people, animals, and the environment. The Humane Educator for Animal Control and Rescue provides school and public education programs, assumes a close relationship with the media, and offers community outreach programs and events. They are also responsible for supporting and enhancing the enrichment programs in place at the shelter and oversee the Puppies for Parole program.