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Animal Control Advisory Board

Purpose of the Board:

Established by municipal code, the Animal Control Advisory Board advises the Mayor and Assembly on all matters pertaining to animal control in the Municipality of Anchorage.  The board holds monthly meetings to take public comment, discuss animal matters, and make recommendations to the city on animal care and control issues.  The Chief Animal Control Officer and the Animal Control Contractor serve as technical advisors to the board. 

Major Board Activities:

The board takes part in many issues related to animals in the municipality, particularly those addressing the health, welfare and safety of animals and people in our community.  Some of the principal matters members focus on include:

  • Strategic planning for the animal care and control services program: enhancing enforcement capabilities; increasing animals adopted, claimed, rescued, and housed; expanding public education; and projecting and prioritizing capital needs
  • Reviewing and making recommendations on municipal ordinances related to animals
  • Promoting safe and healthy use of public spaces by pets and pet owners

Board Meetings:

Meetings are generally held the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the classroom at the Animal Care and Control Center located at 4711 Elmore Road. Click here to view scheduled meetings.

The Animal Control Advisory Board will be taking comment on proposed changes to Title 17 at their next meeting scheduled for September 27, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Animal Care and Control 4711 Elmore Rd in the Classroom. Please attend this meeting if you are interested in providing feedback in person at the meeting. If you prefer to respond in writing, please submit your comments and recommendations by email to no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 2018. Please use the following link to review the draft changes: AO Title 17 Revisions for Public Comment 

Board Members:

There are nine seats on the Board.  Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Assembly.  Terms are 3 years and commissioners may be reappointed for an additional 3 year term. Click here for a board member contact list.   

Staff Support for the Animal Control Advisory Board:

Staff support for the Board is provided by the Administration Division, Grants and Contracts Office, at the Department of Health and Human Services.  For more information call 343-4639 or 343-6718.

    • Animal Care & Control
    • Manager: Dr. Myra Wilson
    • 4711 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • (907)343-8122