Animal Services


Animal Services is now closed to the public.  Staff will still be caring for the animals as normal, and we will be answering phones as normal. Animal control officers will be switching to emergency only calls beginning today, March 17 at noon. Staff will still be working with citizens to help them reclaim their pet(s) if they are impounded by an animal services officer.

Animal Services is temporarily suspending owner surrenders and limiting our income-based spay/neuter clinic until further notice (we are still scheduling spay/neuter appointments but the wait may be up to two weeks).  If you have a pet you need to rehome, we may be able to assist with courtesy posting of the pet via our social media.  Please contact the shelter for more information at 479-444-3456.

If you are interested in adopting, please follow these steps:

  1. If you are interested in an adoptable shelter pet, please call the shelter at 479-444-3456 and speak with the staff member in charge of the pet’s care. 
  2. If you think the pet will be a good fit, click here to fill out the adoption application online.
  3. Lastly, Animal Services will arrange a time for you to come to the shelter, meet the pet, and if all goes well, take the pet home!  

The Animal Services Program with the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is a part of the City’s Community Resources Division and provides a variety of essential animal services to Fayetteville.

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Animal Services works to assure a community with a low rate of animal nuisance problems and a high rate of animals returned to their homes or natural environments or adopted to loving homes through our City Animal Shelter services. In 2019, we placed over 1,100 homeless pets in new homes and were able to reunited over 600 pets with their owners.


This Division's primary objectives are:
  • Educating the public to be responsible animal owners
  • Placing animals through adoption into responsible, caring homes
  • Running the City of Fayetteville Animal Shelter
  • Returning lost animals to their owners
  • Providing animal-control services for Fayetteville
  • Inspecting and enforcing animal code violations
  • Reducing the number of animals that must be humanely euthanized

Additional Services

The Animal Services program with the City of Fayetteville also includes enforcement of the Arkansas Rabies Control Act and City animal ordinances, registration of animals through a mandatory microchip program, providing 24-hour emergency service for injured stray animals, and providing veterinary care for City of Fayetteville Animal Shelter animals.

Emergency Services

For emergency services outside our normal operating hours, please call the Police Department at 479-587-3555. A dispatcher will take your information and an Animal Services Officer will return your call. We have an Animal Services Officer on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for emergency calls.

For after hours barking dog problems, please contact the Police Department at 479-587-3555.