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arrow08Animal Complaints

  • For Animal complaints please contact Hays Police Department at
  • In case of an Emergency, please call 911.

arrow08Lost Your Pet?

    Call Police Dispatch / Animal Control Officer at 785-625-1011
    You can click on the following link to view a list of currently secured animals. Secured Animals

  •  If we have safeguarded your pet, the first step in retrieving the animal is to visit the Hays Police Department, located at:
    • 105 W 12th St.
      Hays, KS 67601

    • During Business Hours Contact the Records Clerk
    • After Hours and on Weekends Contact the Dispatch Center
  • Pay the shelter fee for each night your pet has been in the shelter. Please have the exact amount in cash, check, or money order.  
    • Same day animal pickup - $15.00
    • 1 Night Boarding Fee - $25.00
    • 2 Night Boarding Fee - $35.00
      (The fee increases by $10 each night animal is impounded.)

      City of Hays ONLY charges what we are charged through the facilities in which we impound the animals, the Humane Society and area vet clinics.
  • Take your receipt dated the same day as pick-up of pet to 
    the Humane Society Animal Shelter, located at:
    • 2050 E. Hwy 40
      Hays KS 67601
      Phone: (785) 625-5252

      Hours of Operation:

      Open to the public:
      1:00pm to 5:00pm Tues. thru Sun.
      Closed Mondays

      Available by telephone appointment:
      8:00am to 4:00pm Mondays

      Owners please do not hesitate to call 625-1011 to claim your dogs or cats even if the shelter is closed. Arrangements can be made with an animal control officer or a police officer to get the animals from the shelter even if there is no staff at the shelter.


  • You will need to show proof of payment (receipt) and be prepared to describe your pet. 

arrow08Pet Licenses


Pet Licenses can be purchased through the City Clerks Office:

1507 Main Street
Hays, KS 67601
(785) 628-7300

Questions about the pet license process? Call the Clerks office at (785) 628-7300.

arrow08Adoptable Animals

For a list of adoptable pets please click the Humane Society of the High Plains link listed below.

arrow08Helpful Information

The City of Hays Animal Control Program depends on your Support!!!

Animal Problems Begin with People:

The health and safety of animals and people are at risk when pet owners:

    1. Let their pets roam free
    2. Fail to observe laws and ordinances
    3. Allow their pets to have unwanted litters.

Solutions Begin with Animal Control:

Your community's animal control program can solve these problems - with your help.

 When roaming free, animals may:

  1. Bite people - a major public health problem
  2. Spread disease - among themselves and human beings
  3. Destroy property - everything from lawns to livestock
  4. Breed - at an astounding rate, producing more animals-and more animal problems
  5. Cause traffic accidents - resulting in both human and animal suffering
  6. Die - from accidents, fights, starvation, disease, exposure and inhumane treatment.

 Your Animal Control Officers

    1. Enforce ordinances, such as leash laws, laws governing vaccinations and humane treatment, etc.

    2. Enforce city pet licenses for animals, to help identify and aid in the return of lost pets

    3. Educate the public, to make citizens aware of animal control problems and ways to help solve them.

 Animal Control Services:

  • Cruelty investigation:  Animal Control Officers enforce laws governing humane treatment of animals.  If necessary, they may remove animals from unsafe or unhealthy conditions and begin legal action against negligent owner.
  • Complaint investigation:  Animal Control Officers look into complaints of noisy, destructive or threatening animals.  If necessary, proper legal action may be taken (including citations, fines and impoundment).
  • Animal rescue:  Animal Control Officers use their knowledge and equipment to help find and rescue lost or trapped animals.
  • Animal ambulance:  Animal Control Officers transport injured animals safely and humanely to the appropriate health-care facility.
  • Animal Quarantine:  Animals that bite are located and captured to make certain that they're not carrying disease.

 Myths and Misconceptions that contribute to animal overpopulation:

  •  I know I can find GOOD HOMES for my pet's litter.
  • That may be.  But, remember that the homes you find mean that there are that many fewer homes available to other animals waiting for adoption.

  •  But spaying and neutering make pets FAT AND LAZY
  • This is not true.  You are responsible for seeing that your pet eats right and gets the proper amount of exercise.

  •  I just DON'T THINK IT'S RIGHT to keep my pet from having a litter
  • Spaying or neutering does more than help solve the problem of animal overpopulation; it actually protects your pet from many health problems, and helps him or her live a longer, happier life.

  •  I happen to know that there are shelters that DON'T EUTHANIZE animals.
  • There are such places.  But they accept only animals they can house or place in homes.  Most other shelters must accept all animals, including the sick, old and injured.  These shelters face vast shortages of space and resources.

  •  I want my children to see the MIRACLE OF BIRTH
  • There's a good chance you'll miss the delivery, since animals often give birth in private.  But, you can use books or films to teach children about the miracle of birth-without adding to the animal population!

 What can you do to HELP?

  1. Practice responsible pet ownership:
  2. Have your pet spayed or neutered.
    (Bonus: License fees are lower for spayed or neutered pets.)
  3. Don't let your pet run free.  Keep him on a leash.
  4. Report all cases of animal abuse or inhumane treatment.
  5. Obey all other laws that affect you and your pet.






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