The Joplin Animal Control Program has three Animal Control Officers (ACO) who are experienced professionals. ACO's are committed to maintaining the safety of residents and a quality standard of care for the pets of our city. The Animal Control Division is responsible for enforcing the animal control ordinances of the city and providing education to the public regarding animal control and protection issues.
License & Rabies Vaccination Records
Upon retrieving or otherwise obtaining the release of their animal, the owner shall provide proof of current license and required rabies vaccination. If proof is not provided at the time, owner will be required to sign a statement, provided by the Joplin Health Department, indicating that they will obtain proper pet license and rabies vaccination and will provide such proof to the department within 30 days of obtaining their animal's release. If such proof is not provided to the department, a municipal citation will be initiated to the animal owner for violation of this section.
Dogs or cats over the age of 4 months are required to have a City license. This license can be obtained at Joplin City Hall, 602 S. Main, on the 3rd floor at the Finance Department. If the animal is sterilized, the license is free. For animals that have not been surgically sterilized, there is a $20 license fee.
- Animal intake and tracking fee - $8.95 per animal
- Animal sheltering fee - $8.40 per day
- Quarantine fee - $16.14 per day
- First redemption of animal from Joplin Humane Society within 12 months - $15.00
- Subsequent redemption of same animal within the preceding 12 months - Additional $15.00 each time
Small Animal Permit
Joplin citizens may keep small animals (e.g. rabbits, hares, chickens, etc) at their residence, but local code does require a permit for such animals. Contact the Joplin Health Department at 417-623-6122 to have an animal control officer inspect your property to make sure proper requirements are met. Roosters are prohibited.