Boulder City Animal Control is responsible for controlling the animals, both pets and others, that reside within Boulder City. On this page you will find general information, contact information, fees, volunteering, adopting, missing animals, nuisance animals, urban wildlife and related ordinances. To protect your pet, be sure to keep it licensed.
To see a list of all animals available for adoption, click here.
The Boulder City Animal Control Bureau provides full animal control and investigative services for the humane treatment and protection of animals as well as the protection of our community, its people and their property. The Animal Control Bureau is a part of the Boulder City Police Department Support Staff. Our goal is to balance the required and necessary enforcement actions along with the needs and wants of our community by a pro-active approach to community oriented policing.
We are an open public facility that is city owned and operated. The shelter provides humane treatment and care to all feral, stray, abandoned or owned animals impounded within our jurisdiction. Animals are either returned to their owner, put up for adoption, or humanely euthanized.
Our service area consists of 35 square miles of the original townsite and 172 square miles of the undeveloped El Dorado Valley within the City limits.
Volunteering - Fostering Animals - Making Donations - Adopting an Animal
If you would like to volunteer, there are lots of ways you can help. Volunteers are needed to spend time socializing, leash training and grooming animals; assisting kennel attendants; and providing office support. If you have some other idea about how to help, good ideas are always appreciated.
To become a volunteer you must interview with the Animal Control Supervisor and apply for a volunteer application through the City Personnel Office located at 401 California Street. A background check will be conducted on all applicants who must be 18 or older.
Foster homes are often needed for animals waiting for adoption. Check with the shelter for animals currently waiting for foster care. Call 293-9283. You must be a volunteer to foster animals.
Donations of food, toys, leashes, collars, dog houses, transport crates and cages, towels, blankets and other animal care products are always welcome. Donations of time are always appreciated.
(Contained in the Boulder City Municipal Code)
Full Ordinance 7-3-1
Dangerous Dogs 7-3-3 (E)
Cruelty and Neglect 7-3-9 (A)
Leash Laws 7-3-3 (F)
Animal Sanitation 7-3-8 (B)
Nuisance Barking 7-3-8 (A)
Pot Belly Pigs 7-3-4 (A)
Rabies Vaccination 7-3-3 (C )
Pet Licenses 7-3-3 (D)
It is illegal to own, contain, harbor or keep any wild or exotic indigenous or non-indigenous animal(s) within Boulder City Township. All wild or exotic animal(s) impounded will be released to the appropriate State or Federal agencies, or humanely euthanized under their directive.
Reporting Nuisance Animal Noise
Barking dogs cause a constant problem for citizens and officers alike. Under Boulder City Ordinance 7-3-8 (A), a noisy animal is defined as "any animal which, by loud or frequent habitual barking, yelping, braying, or other noise, causes annoyance to the neighborhood or any person in the vicinity".
On a first or second offence, a written warning is the recommended enforcement action. Your Animal Control Officer will work with the problem animal owner in an attempt to help correct the situation so that further enforcement action is not necessary.
However, if a third offense occurs, court action is recommended. As the complainant, you will be asked to keep a "noisy animal log" and to sign either a citation or a Verified Complaint. If a citation is issued or a Verified Complaint approved, the owner will be required to come to court and answer to the charge. You may also be subpoenaed into court as a witness.
You may choose to lodge an anonymous complaint. Without your help (as a witness), however, it is impossible to take enforcement action. In these cases, the officer simply informs the animal owner that a complaint has been made.
If the animal resides in a private home development such as a Mobile Home Park, apartment complex, or home owners association, you should first contact the property managers to discuss the situation.
QUICK Info: Licensing & Fees
Annual license fees for an un-spayed or un-neutered dog or cat are $8.00; fee for spayed or neutered dog or cat is $4.00. Licenses are available at the City Hall Utilities Office and the Animal Shelter. A valid rabies vaccination certificate is required to purchase a license. Licenses are valid from January to January.
Impound fees for the first impound are $15.00, for the second impound, $30.00, for the third impound, $45.00, for the fourth impound, $60.00, for the fifth impound,$75.00, and for each impound thereafter, $100.00. Boarding fees (in addition to impound fees) are $8.00 per dog per day, and $4.00 per cat per day.
Adoption fees for an animal adoption are $8.00. Rabies vaccination certificate fee is $8.00 for an adopted animal, and $10.00 for an owned animal, released to owner. Cat spay/neuter certificate is $30.00, and dog spay/neuter certificate is $50.00.
Permit Fee for Pot Belly Pigs is $100.00 initially and $50.00 renewals thereafter annually. Animal Disposal Fees are $10.00 for small animals under twenty pounds, $20.00 for small animals over twenty pounds, and $70.00 for horses and livestock. Smaller livestock will be determined by the Animal Control Officer.