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The Animal Control Section of the Rolla Police Department is first and foremost charged with the safety of the Public; the protection of injured, abused or neglected animals and the responsibility of enforcing all laws pertaining to animals (both domestic and wild).
When adopting any animal from the Rolla Animal Shelter you will be asked to pay an adoption fee of $ 35.00 and to sign an adoption contract. In this contract you will be asked to agree to the following:
If you adopt an adult animal you will be required to spay/neuter and vaccinate this animal within thirty (30) days; if you adopt a puppy or kitten you must spay/neuter the animal by the time it is six (6) month old and vaccinate the puppy or kitten by the time it is four (4) month old. Spaying/neutering an animal adopted from any shelter is a requirement pursuant to the sections 273.400 to 273.405 of the Animal Care and Facilities Act of the State of Missouri.
Unfortunately most of our animals are strays and their medical history is unknown to us. We are however able to perform a limited health and temperament evaluation before our animals are put up for adoption. We are not able to provide any guaranties and therefore any animal that shows health and/or temperament problems may be exchanged within a two (2) week period following the date of adoption.
The Rolla Animal Control Division will humanely capture and impound any stray animal within the city limits of Rolla. If Animal Control picks up your pet, you may contact the Animal Control Officer, pay the impounding fees ($10.00 per day of impoundment), and have your pet released to you. In the event the pet is unclaimed within five (5) days, the animal will be evaluated for health and/or temperament problems and depending on the outcome of the evaluation may be offered for adoption to the public or humanely euthanized.
Rolla Citizens and Phelps County residents who wish to bring an animal to the shelter and relinquish ownership rights to the Rolla Animal Shelter, may do so during business hours which are Monday-Saturday 12:00 - 4:00.
Rolla residents will be charged a fee of $10.00 for each animal that is relinquished. Phelps County residents will charged a fee of $45.00 for each animal relinquished or $65.00 for a mother with litter or litter only.
All animals over the age of four (4) months which are relinquished, must have a valid rabies vaccination tag along with supporting documentation.
Animals relinquished to the shelter will be evaluated for health and/or temperament problems and depending on the outcome of the evaluation may be offered for adoption to the public or humanely euthanized.
If you wish to relinquish an animal to the shelter, please call the shelter before bringing the animal to the shelter. Due to the high volume of animals relinquished to the shelter we may not have to room to accept your animal at that time and might have to reschedule the time you can bring your animal to us. This also will increase your animal chances of being adopted.
Feral Cat Trapping and Rehabilitation
Under certain circumstances, which at the discretion of a Rolla Animal Control Officer, a legal owner (Rolla City residents only) of a domestic pet may request to relinquish the ownership of their pet to the Rolla Animal Shelter to be humanely euthanized by a Licensed Veterinarian and disposed of in a communal cremation (remains will not be returned). The fees associated are $10 dollars for relinquishment, $10 for the euthanasia process, and $20 for the disposal fee. Please call and make arrangements before bringing the animal to the Rolla Animal Shelter. If remains are desired to be returned, contact a Veterinarian for that service.
The best way you can help us is to spay and neuter your pet.
Do you know, that for every person that is born, fifteen dogs and forty-five cats are also born. In order to keep up with the current flood of puppies and kittens, every person would have to own two dogs and six cats during their entire lifetime (assuming that people live for 75 years, and dogs and cats for 10). A household of five would have to harbor ten (10) dogs and thirty (30) cats!
Adoption alone is obviously not the answer: Altering is.
Do you know, that two (2) uncontrolled breeding cats plus all their kittens and their kittens' kittens, if none are ever neutered or spayed, add up to:
PLEASE SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR DOGS AND CATS.
You can come and visit us and adopt one of our animals. We have approximately 40-50 animal at the shelter at any given day. Every day new animals are brought in and we are sure that in time you can find the pet of your dreams.
If you would like to make a donation to the Rolla Animal Shelter please make your check out to the "City of Rolla - Animal Shelter" and mail it to:
City of Rolla
Attn: Finance Dept.
PO Box 979
Rolla, MO 65402
In the Memo line please make sure you write
"Capital Improvements / Building"
if you would like the money to go to the Animal Shelter building fund, or just
If you don't write anything in the memo line then the donation will be applied to the "General Donation" fund.