Stray or Unwanted Animals

As a citizen it is my responsibility to...

Call Animal Control & Protection and provide description of animal, location of animal and address of pet owner, if known.  Citizens may bring stray animals to the Humane Society during regular business hours at no charge.  Pet owners may bring unwanted animals to the Humane Society during regular business hours.  If a citizen turns their pet over to the animal shelter, they will not be able to reclaim it.

It is the responsibility of the city to...

Animal Control Officers will respond to complaints as soon as possible within that day. If animal is seen off its owner's property, it will be impounded or a citation will be issued to the owner.   Holding periods for stray animals may vary, but are no less than 5 days.  After the established holding period, the animal will be evaluated and may be placed available for adoption at that time or may be humanely destroyed.  Animals turned in by their owners may be placed for adoption or euthanized immediately at the discretion of the animal shelter.

If I am interested, who do I contact...

Animal Control & Protection, Bowling Green Police Department, 393-4000

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