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 law enforcement 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 under the Investigative Division. 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.
Click here to see all animals available for adoption.
Anyone wishing to adopt an animal:
1. Is required to interview with an Animal Control officer.
2. Must agree to a yard and premise inspection.
3. Must be 18 years of age or older.
4. Have landlord's written confirmation that pets are allowed on the premises.
5. Cannot have a history with any animal control or humane agency for the following:
a. Dangerous animal
b. Cruelty to animal
c. Repeat running at large or nuisance barking violations
d. Repeat un-sanitary yard, kennel conditions.
e. Repeat owner turn-in of animals.
When adopting an animal from the Boulder City Shelter, you should consider that there is a three (3) animal limit per household within Boulder City Limits.
Dogs, cats, ferrets, wolf hybrids and miniature Pot-Bellied Pigs require rabies vaccinations and a current vaccination certificate. Rabies tags must be attached to a collar or harness on the animal.
Annual city licenses are required for dogs, cats, ferrets, wolf hybrids, and miniature Pot-Bellied Pigs. Licenses must be attached to a collar or harness on the animal.
We suggest owners micro-chip their animals. The chip provides valuable information and helps to quickly reunite stray animals with their owners.
Adopted animals are required to be spay / neutered. The spay / neuter certificate fee is applied toward part of the cost veterinary clinics charge to perform the operation. The certificate must be presented to the clinic and the owner will pay any additional fees charged by the clinic. We work closely with Petfinder.com.
To see a list of adoptable animals click here. Boulder City Animal Control
reserves the right to refuse the adoption of an animal if it is in the best interest and welfare of the animal and / or the community to do so. NO feral animal(s) or animal(s) considered to be dangerous due to any behavioral aggression problems towards humans or other animals, will be put up for adoption.THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS!
For all wildlife bite or attack incidents, your local Animal Control should be contacted immediately. Boulder City 702-293-9283 or 702-293-9224.
Urban wildlife problems continue to increase in residential and suburban areas. Many species of wildlife adapt to this new environment quite well. They may present a serious human and animal health and safety concern. Attacks on humans, domestic animals (your pets) and livestock problems arise as well as property damage.
In Nevada, Animal Control agencies function as the local rabies control authority for their individual jurisdictions. The appropriate County, state and / or federal agencies will be contacted to assist with the capture and /or humane euthanasia of the attacking animal(s). Animal Control is responsible for the documentation of the biting or attack incidence, the quarantine, if possible, of the animal(s) involved, and / or specimen submission for rabies testing.
Most Animal Control agencies are NOT equipped to deal with wildlife problems, EXCEPT in incidences in which a human, domestic pet, or livestock has been bitten or attacked. Rabies is suspected on ALL wild animal attacks until proven otherwise.
For non-bite or attack related incidents, Nevada has a number of agencies that deal with wildlife issues and problems. Listed below are the main agencies, which should be contacted if you have questions, concerns, or problems related to wildlife:
1. The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Las Vegas office 486-5127. For Management of the State's vertebrate terrestrial and aquatic game and nongame wildlife populations, both native and naturalized species; enforcement of game laws as well.
2. For control of predatory wildlife that is depredating livestock, pets, or threatening human safety; control of depredating migratory birds, call U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Wildlife Services Las Vegas office 432-9425 or 293-5574, Boulder City office.
3. The Nevada Division of Agriculture (NDOA) Las Vegas office 486-4690. For Analysis and control of Africanized Honey Bees and Fire Ants, bee hive management, licensing pesticide applicators, extension advice for control of damage to crops, gardens, and landscaped plants caused by animals.
If a swarm of suspected Africanized Honey Bees is located and it is on private property, it is the responsibility of the property owner to pay for their removal. Contact a local pest control office or contact NDOA for a referral for removal.
If they are located on City of Boulder City owned property call the Fire Department at 702-293-9228. For an emergency call 911.
4. Nevada division of Agriculture Brand Inspector, Las Vegas office 486-4690. For Enforcement of state regulations over livestock and domestic horses, brand inspections and theft control, control of stray livestock, horses, and fowl.
5. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement, Las Vegas office 388-6380. For enforcement of the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Eagle Protection Act, Lacey Act and other federal Mandates that protect wildlife.
6. Desert Tortoise Pick-up Service SNEI, Las Vegas office 593-9027. Contracted by Clark County to pick-up unwanted pet Tortoises and Tortoises displaced by land development primarily in the urban Clark County areas.
7-3-9 (K) Reporting Lost or Abandoned Animals: Each person who shall take custody of any lost or abandoned animal shall report the same to the Animal Control Officer within two (2) hours after taking custody of said animal.
If you are missing or have found an animal, contact us immediately. We publicize this information, both locally and nationally through the PetFinder.com. We will need detailed information on the species, breed and physical description of the animal, the location where the animal was lost or found and the date.
Any special distinguishing characteristics, such as scars, tattoos, etc, should be listed. A picture of the animal would be extremely useful. If possible, provide rabies tag or city license numbers, micro-chip or tattoo information. Rabies tag information can be obtained from your veterinarian. Animal Control will also require owner or finder names, addresses, and contact numbers for their files. This information will not be released to the public.
Guidelines About Missing Animals
For all your animals:
1. Keep current I.D. photos of each of your animals, front and side.
2. Write down detailed physical descriptions of your animals including eye color and distinguishing characteristics. Keep it on hand.
3. Keep tags on your animals at all times as required by law.
4. Write your address and phone number on their collars with an indelible ink marker.
5. Keep a copy of your micro-chip and / or your rabies and city license tag numbers.
6. If leaving your animal in the care of others, seriously consider your choice of caretaker. Provide them with the relevant information as described above. Consider professional kenneling. If your animal becomes lost:
1. Report your missing animal within 24 hours to your local Animal Control or Humane agency.
2. Notify your local veterinarians.
3. Make posters up of your animal with the information listed above, and distribute them around your neighborhood.
4. Put lost or found ads in your local newspaper and on the community bulletin boards.
5. Personally check nearby Animal Shelters for your animal. Check shelters at neighboring communities as well as your local shelter.
6. Animal Control can only release an animal to the legal owner, unless verbal or written consent authorization by the legal owner is presented.
7. Think about how your animal became lost. Take steps to prevent this occurring again in the future.