Animal Control

Animal Control Services

M-F: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Animal Control Unit maintains peace and quiet in our neighborhoods, protects public and private property, and provides a safe environment for residents and pets.

Animal control does:

  • Pick up dead animals but only on city streets;
  • Write tickets for ordinance violations;
  • Make court appearances;
  • Investigate cruelty and neglect complaints;
  • Investigate animal bites;
  • Process special animal permits;
  • Work with animal owners to resolve barking and disturbance complaints; and
  • Make educational presentations to civic groups, neighborhood associations and school children.

Animal Control does not provide nuisance wildlife removal.

In a year's time, Animal Control will answer more than 9,000 calls, impound more than 1,200 animals, investigate more than 120 animal bites, and process more than 200 special animal permits.

Cold Weather - Protect your pet

With the onset of colder weather the Overland Park Animal Control Unit would like to remind you that it is crucial to take extra precautions for the safety of your pets. The colder weather makes it harder for these animals to get along outside. With proper planning and a few simple steps your pets can stay safe. 

If your pet has long hair, leave it longer because it acts as a protective coat against the cold. If your pet has short hair, consider putting a sweater or other item on for added warmth.

Provide adequate shelter that is well insulated, dry and draft free. The floor should be elevated and covered with straw and large enough for the pet to turn around, but small enough to retain your pet's body heat. The entrance should be blocked from a breeze.

Provide your pet with more food for the added calories that it requires to be outside in the cold weather. The older the animal the more difficult it is for them to adapt to the cold.

Ensure that there is access to fresh, unfrozen water. Consider using a heated water bowl or place the bowl in an area that is less prone to freezing. Check it often.

Make sure the area your pet is in is free from snow or ice and allows them room to move freely with unobstructed access to food and water.

Be mindful that cats are particularly susceptible to the cold and will find anywhere warmer to curl up in. If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, bang loudly on the hood of your vehicle before starting it to give the cat a chance to escape.

Understand that certain types of rock salt can be irritating to your pet's paws and some ice melts will create wet areas that are not are not ideal for your pet to ingest. Make sure to dry off your pet's coat and paws when it comes inside to prevent the transfer of these chemicals when they lick their fur or paws.

Keep an eye on your pet for any changes in behavior or movements if they are outside in the cold for a long period of time and take them to a veterinarian if you suspect they are ill or not recovering from the cold when back indoors.

Dogs and cats can be kept outside as long as their basic needs are being met. This includes the above listed food, adequate shelter and unfrozen water.

The city of Overland Park requires all pets, dogs and cats, to be registered. By doing this it helps to reunite you with your pet should it get lost or injured.