Frequently Asked Questions
What is the adoption fee and what does it cover?
Adoptions are on a first come, first serve basis. The shelter cannot hold animals.
Guinea Pig: $15
How do I adopt a pet?
Visit the shelter, talk to staff about an animal and fill out the paperwork. Be prepared to take home your pet when you fill out the adoption paperwork.
Can I bring my pet to the shelter to meet the animals before I adopt?
We cannot accommodate meet and greets with animals housed at the shelter. Please discuss with shelter staff how to properly introduce your new pet to your existing pets.
What happens if the adopted pet does not work out?
You can return the animal, but we cannot refund the money.
How do I give up an animal to the shelter?
Please contact the shelter, (573) 634-6429, before dropping off any animals.
I lost my pet what should I do?
Contact the shelter as soon as you know the pet is lost. The shelter can take a lost report over the phone. It is a great idea to drop off a picture of your lost pet at the shelter.
I found a pet what should I do?
Contact the animal shelter to file a found report. If you cannot hold on to the pet, call the animal shelter before dropping off the pet.
Is there a leash law in town?
Yes for dogs and for cats.
How many animals can a person own?
6. If you have more than 6, you will need to apply for a Multiple Animal Permit.
Is there a law on cleaning up after your animals?
Yes, you are required to pick up after your dog whether it is in their pen, your yard or your neighbors yard.
Is my pet required to have a rabies vaccine?
All dogs, cats and ferrets, are required yearly to be vaccinated against Rabies by a licensed veterinarian.
How can I contact the shelter?
Jefferson City Animal Shelter is located at
2308 Hyde Park Road, Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: (573) 634-6429
Fax: (573) 659-8209
When are you open to the public?
Monday through Saturday 12:00pm to 4:30pm. The shelter is closed on Sundays.
Do you take volunteers?
Yes, we have an application and you will need to attend a volunteer orientation.
How long does the shelter hold animals before they are evaluated?
Stray animals are evaluated after 5 days. Owner released animals are usually evaluated the next day.
How long do the pets have in adoption?
There is NO set time limit that an animal has in adoption. As long as the animal is healthy and behavior/temperament is sound it can stay in adoption, until it finds a forever home.
Do you offer free or discounted spay/neutered services?
No, but check out the Friends of Jefferson City Animal Shelter.
Do you offer veterinary services to the public?
No, we cannot offer veterinary services to the public.