Animal Control

Mission Statement


The Division of Animal Control and Care promotes and protects public safety through sheltering, pet placement programs, education and animal law enforcement. Our purpose is to provide responsive, efficient and high quality animal care and control services that preserves and protects public and animal safety. Our philosophy is to promote responsible pet ownership, compassion toward animals and safe human-animal interactions. As the agency responsible for animal-related public safety, our mission is achieved through values including professionalism, responsibility, compassion, commitment, integrity, accountability and community partnerships.

Services Offered

  • Animal Cruelty investigations on animals residing within the city limits of Aurora
  • Barking dog complaints
  • Follow up on all pet adoptions from the Animal Control Facility to ensure compliance with adoption contract
  • Injured animals concerns. Unknown owned dogs or cats, along with injured/sick wildlife inside or outside the home
  • Investigation of animal bites
  • Pick up of stray animals that citizens of Aurora may be holding at their residence
  • Provide pet adoptions of unwanted pets housed at the facility
  • Provide tours of the Animal Control Facility
  • Removal of road killed animals from the streets of Aurora
  • Removal of stray animals from the streets of Aurora
  • Removal of wildlife that has inadvertently gotten into the living quarters of a house or residence (this does not include attics and crawlspaces)
  • Talks to groups about being safe around animals, responsible pet ownership and proper pet care

Animal Bites


It is mandatory that all persons bitten by any type of animal must report the bite as soon as possible. Also, anyone who is chased, attacked, or threatened by an animal should also report those incidents especially if the animal is running at large.


Feeding of Stray Cats


Feeding of stray cats within the city limits is prohibited (Animal Control Ordinance 9-12). Feeding of wild/feral or stray cats can encourage cat colonies to form. These colonies can form very quickly when the cats being fed are not spayed/neutered. Please contact Animal Control regarding these types of situations.

Wild Animals


Animal problems concerning removal of healthy wildlife (Raccoons, Opossums, Squirrels, and the like) requires a licensed human trapper to be called. The Animal Control Office can fax, mail or provide a list for pickup of licensed humane trappers in the area that can be called.