Lebowski - Shelter Cat

In 2018 Missoula Animal Control sheltered 1,322 animals!

  • 748 dogs
  • 557 cats
  • 17 rabbits, ferrets, and birds

As a public animal shelter we work very hard to return lost pets to their correct owners and adopt those that are unclaimed to new homes.  492 dogs and 76 cats were returned to their rightful owners. 245 dogs and 451 cats were adopted to loving homes.  

Euthanasia is something we do not take lightly and take every step possible to avoid.  In 2018, we had to euthanize a total of 11 dogs and 22 cats, resulting in a 2.5% euthanasia rate.  Euthanasia is used as a last resort, primarily for health issues.  In a few cases euthanasia may be court ordered or the animal is not adoptable due to safety concerns.  Euthanasia rates are higher for cats than for dogs due to the number of felines that have excessive illness or medical issues when they arrive at our shelter.

Animal Control Officers responded to 3,882 calls in our community.  These calls range from stray dogs and dog bites, to pets left in hot cars and animal abuse.  We are responsible for spaying and neutering 600 animals to help reduce animal populations and prevent unwanted pets.  We also administered 936 rabies vaccines and 273 microchips at our low cost clinics. 

We proudly serve the citizens and animals of Missoula County and look forward to the challenges of 2019.  Thank you to all of those that volunteer their time and resources to the animals of Missoula County.  Come out to see us and the animals in 2019!


The Staff at Missoula Animal Control

Mission Statement

Promoting responsible pet ownership through education and enforcement.

Statement of Purpose

Missoula City-County is concerned with the safety of the public and the welfare of all domestic animals in the City & County of Missoula.  We are responsible for the following:

  • The sheltering of abandoned, stray and impounded animals.
  • The enforcement of the City-County ordinances relating to the keeping, restraint and humane treatment of animals.
  • The education of the public concerning proper animal care and responsible animal ownership.
  • The responsible placement of adopted animals.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Closed Sunday

We are located at 6700 Butler Creek Road, Missoula, MT 59808.

Animal Control Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes

 December 2017 Agenda

Board Minutes 9/17

April 2018 Agenda