Washoe County Regional Animal Services Shelter
Washoe County Regional Animal Services Shelter
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General Information - Shelter Office - 353-8900 
(Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm)

Dispatch - 322-3647 (DOGS)
(For stray animal pick up, noise complaints, animal bites, animal welfare)


Field Services
The primary responsibility of officers is the enforcement
of state and county laws pertaining to domestic animals.  Officers will also respond to concerns regarding wildlife if it is an immediate threat to public safety or the animal's welfare. Officers respond to approximately 35,000 calls-for-service from citizens each year; over 3,000 of these calls are of an emergency nature.

Click here to view Washoe County Animal Ordinances

Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County Residents can request animal control assistance by contacting dispatch for the following requests; loose dogs, contained stray dogs, dead stray or wild animals on the road, animal bites, welfare checks of domestic animals, animal abuse/cruelty, animals in a hot car, noise complaints, and other field related issues.

One of the laws that officers enforce is the dog licensing requirement. Licensing your pet enables officers to return your dog to you rather than impounding it at the shelter. This saves you money and stress, it's less stressful for your dog and it reduces the communities need for a larger shelter, saving tax dollars. Think of it as your dogs' ticket home in the event of an accidental outing.

Click here to license your dog or renew your dog's license.  

Animal Control Officers also assists local agencies in the event of a fire, flood or other disaster.

Click here for our Regional Animal Services Disaster Brochure

What kind of animals do Animal Service Officer's handle?

Aside from the usual dogs and cats, an officers' day can involve a variety of animal species such as monkeys, bears, chickens, ducks, rabbits, horses, sheep, emus, cows, pigs, burros, lizards, fish, snakes, pocket pets, parrots, cockatiels, parakeets, leopards, bobcats and even the occasional tarantula.

Officers only respond to wildlife calls when there is an immediate threat to public safety or the animal's welfare.  For general assistance with wildlife concerns please contact the Nevada Department of Wildlife at (775)688-1500, after 5pm call (775)688-1331.