Jefferson County Animal Control is the County government Rabies Control Program that operates the Jefferson County Animal Control Center. Located in Barnhart, Missouri, the Animal Control Center provides impounding facilities, primarily for dogs and cats that have been found free-roaming, are abandoned or are homeless. It is also a quarantine facility for animals that have attacked and bitten a human being. While disease control and public safety are our primary concern, we do provide some limited animal welfare services, such as investigating allegations of animal neglect and abuse, and placing animals with new families or rescue organizations that in turn, place them with new families. We are also available for presenting adult and youth pet ownership education programs that teach proper animal care, pet ownership responsibility and dealing with wildlife issues in our communities.
Animal Holding Time
We hold most impounded animals at the Animal Control Center for 7 days, before they are placed up for adoption, rescue transfer or are subject to euthanasia. There is no holding period for feral animals or owner relinquished animals. This offers the owners the opportunity to find their missing pets before we begin trying to find new homes for the animal. Although we generally hold surrendered animals for 24 hours, animals that have been surrendered to us by their owners are immediately available for adoption, rescue transfer or euthanasia. If we find stray dogs and cats with microchips or county licenses, we attempt to contact their owner and will hold them for 10 days. A state-law required rabies quarantine of 10 days from the date of the bite is our holding time for all bite case dogs and cats, at the end of which the animal may be returned to its owner or be euthanized.
Adopting a Pet
If you are interested in adopting an animal from us, please contact us at the address or phone number provided below. Adopting families must complete an Adoption Application and be interviewed by an Adoption Coordinator. Adopters must be over the age of 18 years and have a valid identification. Our adoption fees are $135.00 for an unaltered animal and $50 for an animal that we know has been spay or neutered. The adoption fee includes the cost of a rabies and some other vaccinations, a microchip, county animal license, de-worming, a general health examination and, for unaltered animals, the cost of spaying or neutering. By law, all animals adopted from the Animal Control Center must be spayed or neutered. Anyone interested in adopting an animal that is not yet available for adoption may reserve the animal, with the understanding that if the owner claims the animal before its available date, it will be returned to the owner. Reservations are made by placing your name, date of reservation, date of pick-up, circling "adopt," and a contact number on the animal's reservation card. Reserved animals must be adopted within 24-hours after their availability date. We reserve the right to refuse an adoption for any reason.
Rescuing Dogs and Cats
A large number of our animals are transferred out to rescue organizations who work diligently to find new homes for the animals. To rescue an animal from the Animal Control Center, the organization must be currently licensed with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Animal Welfare Division, and a copy of the current license must be on file with our office. Out-of-state rescue organizations must also be licensed with in Missouri and animals crossing state-lines must be accompanied by a certificate of health. The rescue organization must notify us of who from their organization is authorized to reserve, pull and transport animals from their organization. Rescue organizations must complete the Rescue Contract when taking the animal from the Animal Control Center. Rescue organizations may reserve animals still on their holding period that are within 72 hours of their scheduled availability date, and the rescue must be completed within 24 hours of the animal becoming available. Reservations are made by the writing the name of the organization and person making the reservation, the date of reservation and pick-up, by circling "rescue" and contact number on the animal’s reservation card. There is no charge for rescue transfers, although reimbursement for some vaccinations and medical treatments may be applicable. Returning animals to their rightful owners and adoptions take precedent over rescue transfers. We reserve the right to refuse a rescue, to reclaim an animal if we learn of improprieties in the rescue transfer or the animal’s care. Animals being transported from the Animal Control Center as part of a rescue, must be transported in a secured transport carry and may not be leashed inside the vehicle or loose inside the transport vehicle.
The Animal Control Center strives to be a “low-kill” facility, euthanizing animals only as a last resort. Our euthanasia policy is to euthanize only those animals that are too sick or injured to economically save or are too aggressive to be safe for the public. Since we are a public safety organization for a government, we cannot turn animals away. When we are exceeding our maximum kennel space, we must euthanize animals for kennel population control. Adoptable animals selected for euthanasia due to over-population are selected because they have been held for the state-required holding periods, have been here the longest and have had the most time to have been adopted or rescued.
Animal Health Disclaimer
Many of the animals we receive have been homeless or been owned by irresponsible pet owners and have had little or no veterinary care. Although we attempt to determine the health of animals coming in and to ensure they remain healthy in our care, we can make no guarantee regarding the health of an animal returned to its owner, rescue transferred or adopted to a new family.
Come Visit Us!
The Jefferson County Animal Control Center is open to the public for adoptions, rescues and reclaiming missing pets from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Animal Control Officers respond to request for service calls from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The call center is available to take telephone calls from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays. We are closed from 12:00 p.m. until 12:30 p.m. daily for lunch. We also close for County approved holidays, holiday weekends, for staff meetings and training sessions and other times as directed by the County government.
Jefferson County Animal Control 7105 Shelter Rd
Barnhart, MO 63012