Animal Care & Control​

We are the open-admission animal shelter, for domestic animals, and the 

enforcement agency of 'Title 17 Animals​' for the Municipality of Anchorage.​​

​Location / Contact / Hours

4711 Elmore Road Anchorage, AK 99507
Customer Service: 343-8122 / ACCS@ci.anchorage.ak.gov 
Animal Control Dispatch: 343-8119 / acdispatch@muni.org

Monday through Friday 12:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Saturday and Sunday 11:00 A.M. to 5​​:00 P.M.​

​Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve:11:00 A.M to 3 P.M if M - F.
10 A.M. - 2 P.M. if  S - S.

Closed: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day,  Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Anchorage Animal Care and Control serves the entire Municipality of Anchorage, from Girdwood to Eklutna.

Adoptions / Lost & Found P​ets / Surrendering an Animal

Dog Licenses - Love your dog with a license!

  • Dog license sales:Dog licenses can be purchased online or in person through a customer service representative. Dog licenses can also be purchased at many local veterinary clinics.

Other Services and Information

  • Enforcement questions: Enforcement staff can be contacted at 343-8119. 
  • Volunteer program: Applications for shelter volunteers are available here​. We're also accepting applications for new foster parents.
  • Renting of traps for community cats and rabbits:​​ 
    • Renters are responsible for picking up & dropping off the trap from the shelter. 
    • If you've trapped:
      • An animal with a known owner, please return the animal to the rightful owner. If you'd like to file a complaint about the animal being on your property, please contact Enforcement at 343-8119 (you will need to provide the address where the animal lives).
      • A sick or injured domestic animal and don't know where the animal lives. please bring the animal to us.
      • A healthy and safe-to-handle animal, please visit our Lost Pets web page for tips on how to find the owner. If you're unable to locate an owner, you may bring the animal to us. 
  • ​​Pet Food Bank: Our pet food bank is self-serve and located near the front door as visitors enter the shelter. Please be mindful of others when taking from the food bank. If you're unable to find what you need please check with a staff member or volunteer.
  • We are currently hiring for multiple positions including kennel techs, with a starting wage of $16 an hour. View the job description and apply here.​
  • Animal Control Advisory Board: For Animal Control Advisory Board meetings and information, please click here for ACAB web page.​

Animal Care and Control Statistics (2023​)

  • We reunited 881 lost animals with their families.
  • We placed 2,284​ animals in new homes.
  • Our volunteers provided 6,161 ho​​us of service.
  • ​We responded to 4,469 calls from the community.​
  • ​We assisted an average of 324​​ households every month through our Pet Food Bank with access to pet food, kitty litter, and other pet supplies.

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The Anchorage Health Department contracts with Animal Licensing and Placement Services, a subsidiary of Denali Universal Services​ to provide domestic animal care and control services to the entire municipality