Animal Services

Idaho Falls Animal Services provides top-notch services to the City of Idaho Falls as it assists the community in answering questions and finding solutions to animal-related problems. It's staff, which includes 10 full-time and part-time employees, responds to protect the animals of Idaho Falls every day from cruelty and neglect. They also rescue many animals that are in danger and/or injured every year. Our officers are authorized by Idaho state law and City of Idaho Falls ordinances to enforce animal related laws.

What Idaho Falls Animal Control Officers Do


  • Investigate, prevent and stop animal neglect and cruelty
  • Educate the public about animal welfare
  • Protect public health by removing deceased animals from public by-ways
  • Enforce animal-related laws - such as dogs at large, barking dogs and animal neglect - by issuing citations if necessary
  • Protect the public from dangerous and/or aggressive animals
  • Quarantine animals who have bitten or attacked
  • Rescue animals that are in danger, sick, injured, lost or unwanted
  • Work to reunite animals with owner or find animals adoptive homes
  • Mediate disputes neighbors have about animals
  • Assist other law enforcement agencies
  • Respond to calls regarding animals in traffic, loose livestock, and wild animals causing problems in urban areas
Idaho Falls Animal Shelter Truck
Animal Control Officer with Dog
Animal Control Worker with Dog

How to Contact an Animal Control Officer


Idaho Falls Animal Services Officers are on duty from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Weekends. To reach us, please contact Police Dispatch at 208-529-1200. After hours emergency situations will be handled by Idaho Falls Police Officers.

When an Animal Control Officer Responds to Calls


Calls are handled on a priority basis. How quickly an Animal Control Officer responds to a call depends upon the priority of that call and how many calls of a higher priority are occurring at that particular time. For example, calls involving an injured animal or immediate danger of injury or harm to a person (from an animal) are the highest priority. Conversely, calls regarding a barking dog might take a longer response time. Your patience and support is appreciated.