Pet Care

We work with the most underserved families in the metro area. Each conversation we have with our clients is an opportunity to educate them with a compassionate and nonjudgmental attitude.

Sometimes general pet care isn’t widely known to all families we encounter. The simplest conversation about “adequate” versus “inadequate” shelter can lead to an enhanced quality of life for a pet in our community.

All city ordinances have general pet care guidelines that help families understand the minimum requirements for caring for a pet. We know that the majority of our clients consider their pet to be family, so having a conversation about what their pet needs to have an improved quality of life is easy and welcomed.

Spay and Neuter Kansas City works to educate families about adequate shelter for their dogs and cats.

Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas Animal Ordinances

Adequate care means normal and prudent attention to the needs of an animal, including that care which is normally necessary to maintain good health in a specific species of animal. Grooming of animals is also required so that they are free from dangerous matting and nail overgrowth which can affect their health and may be painful.

Adequate food means supplying at suitable intervals (not to exceed 24 hours) of a quantity of wholesome foodstuff, suitable for the animal species and age, and sufficient to maintain a reasonable level of nutrition in each animal.

Adequate health care means the provision to each healthy animal of all immunizations and preventative care required to maintain good health, space adequate to allow the animal rest and exercise sufficient to maintain good health, and the provision to each sick, diseased or injured animal of necessary veterinary care or humane death.

Adequate shelter means a structurally sound, properly ventilated, sanitary and weatherproof shelter suitable for the species, condition and age of the animal which provides access to shade from direct sunlight and regress from exposure to inclement weather conditions.

Adequate water means a continual access to a supply of clean, fresh, potable water.

Report Animal Abuse

If you observe life threatening situation, please call 911

Report Animal Abuse or Cruelty in Missouri

If you observe a life threatening situation, please call Kansas City, Missouri Animal Control at 311 or 816-513-1313, or call 911 if you witness animal abuse.

How to Report a Suspected Case of Animal Cruelty or Neglect

Animal cruelty is wrong and against the law in every state. Abuse of any kind should be reported to the appropriate authorities immediately.

Because a report of animal cruelty may result in a criminal investigation, please start by contacting your local police department or animal control division to make a complaint. Remember, without helpful tips from concerned pet-lovers like yourself, many animals in the community would remain in abusive circumstances. You CAN make a difference!

Operation Bark Alert

In 1992, Missouri led the nation by becoming one of only a handful of states with a dog regulatory program. In a continued effort, in 2009, Missouri once again took the lead in cracking down on unlicensed breeders with the launch of Operation Bark Alert. Since the launch of this program, more than 4,300 dogs have been rescued in across Missouri in 2009, resulting in an ever-decreasing number of commercial breeders in our state.

Operation Bark Alert has an online reporting system making it easier for you to help us locate unlicensed breeders in Missouri. Every tip from the public is investigated.

Help the Missouri Department of Agriculture crackdown on unlicensed breeders. If you know of an unlicensed breeder in Missouri putting the health and welfare of animals at risk, report them!

Learn more about the Animal Care Facilities Act

Missouri Animal Health Division

Phone: (573) 751-3377
Email: Animal.Health@mda.mo.gov