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 control services that preserve and protect the public safety. Our philosophy is to promote responsible pet ownership, educate the public on City Ordinances relating to 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
  • Investigation of animal bites
  • Provide pet adoptions of pets housed at the facility
  • Removal of road killed animals from the streets of Aurora
  • Removal of stray cats or dogs within city limits
  • Talks to groups about being safe around animals, responsible pet ownership and proper pet care

Additional Resources

For additional resources such as local area animal shelters, low cost animal clinics, and wildlife centers, CLICK HERE

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.