City of Hays Animal Control

City of Hays Animal Control
Hays Police Department
105 W 12th
Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785-625-1011

Click here for a list of pets at the Animal Control Center

Once in the Petfinder website, click on the pets name to find out more information about the animal.

Animal Complaints

  • For Animal complaints please contact Hays Police Department at 625-1011.
  • In case of an Emergency, please call 911.

Lost Your Pet ?

  • Step 1. Call Police Dispatch / Animal Control Officer at 785-625-1011
  • Step 2. Or you can click on the link below to view a list of currently secured animals.
  • Step 3. If we have safeguarded your pet, go to the Hays Police Department at:

    Hays Police Department
    105 West 12th Street
    Hays, KS 67601

    At the Police Department:

    During Business Hours Contact the Records Clerk
    After Hours and on Weekends Contact the Dispatch Center

  • Step 4. 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.
    ($20.00 per night)
  • Step 5. Take your receipt dated the same day as pick-up of pet to the Humane Society Animal Shelter at:

    Humane Society if the High Plains
    2050 E. Hwy 40
    Hays KS 67601
    Phone: (785) 625-5252

    Hours of Operation:

    Mon: 9:00am to 5:00pm
    Tue - Fri: 9:00am to 6:00pm
    Sat - Sun: 1:00pm to 5:00pm

  • Step 6. Show proof of payment (receipt) describe your pet and its name. Provide the shelter with identification.
  • Step 7. If your pet is not licensed with the City of Hays and vaccinated for rabies, you have three (3) days to get this accomplished.

    If your pet is currently licensed this year, please disregard Step 7. Thank you for being a responsible pet owner.

Pet Licenses

Pet Licenses can be purchased through the City Clerks Office:

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

Adoptable Animals

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

Humane Society of the High Plains

Helpful 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.

Meet the "uncontrolled" ANIMAL

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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