The Wichita Animal Shelter is located at 3303 N Hillside. It is south of Highway K-96 on The Murfin Animal Care Campus next to the Kansas Humane Society. It was built in 2009 and houses both Animal Control and Animal Shelter staff. The building is able to hold 170 dogs and 252 cats at one time, and is the major holding facility for lost or stray pets in Sedgwick County. The shelter contracts its services to local Animal Control agencies like Sedgwick County, Clearwater, Derby, Park City, Maize, and Valley Center.
If you have lost your pet, the animal shelter is where you want to begin looking. Visit the shelter and walk through to see if your pet was picked up by Animal Control or brought in by a concerned individual. We also have suggestions available to help you find lost pets.
- Promote and insure public health and safety.
- facilitate responsible pet ownership.
- humanely and responsibly care for the animals in our charge.
- provide prompt and courteous service to our customers.
- provide education and positive enforcement efforts.
We do this to prevent the expense and suffering caused to both humans and pet animals due directly and indirectly to animal bites, and neglect of proper basic pet ownership responsibilities. Our goal is to insure public health, safety, and animal welfare in our community.
The Animal Control program serves the citizens of Wichita with animal control, rabies control, and leash law enforcement services. In addition, the department provides the entire Sedgwick County area with animal bite investigations and quarantines for biting animals.
The department operates the only full-service public sector animal shelter in Sedgwick County and provides animal sheltering services to all of Sedgwick County. We also provide services to area veterinarian clinics and support to the Wichita Police Department, Sedgwick County Animal Control, and various other cities and agencies within Sedgwick County as needed.
Our services include:
- Pick up of stray, sick, and injured animals.
- Dead animal pickup.
- Animal bite investigations.
- Live animal traps.
- Animal cruelty and neglect investigations.
We also provide public information presentations about our department and its services, tours of the Wichita Animal Shelter, and an officer "ride along" program. These services require prior arrangement with the department. You can contact us by telephone at 316-350-3360.
Visit the Business Licenses - Animals page for more information about licensing for animals in the City of Wichita:
- Animal Collector
- Animal Exhibition, Petting Zoo and Rodeo
- Animal Maintenance Permit
- Dangerous Dog Registration
- Dog Breeder License
- Dog License
- What is the "leash law" in Wichita?
The leash law is a provision in the code of the City of Wichita that prohibits certain domestic animals from roaming free. The leash law (City Code 6.04.040a) states that "Any owner of any animal, other than cats, found running at large within the corporate limits of the city shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor." Section 6 of the code also defines "running at large" as "any animal that is not confined within a fenced enclosure or shelter or under the control of a person, either by lead, cord, rope, or chain; provided, that an animal may be considered confined if it is on a leash, rope, or chain which is sufficient to keep the animal on the premises where picketed."
The law goes on to include electronic fencing as adequate confinement if "the premises of the owner are clearly and prominently marked to show the existence of the electronic fencing system and the animal is equipped with the necessary and operating components of the system required to confine the animal to the owner's property."
Please note: What that means is that all animals except cats must be confined by either a leash, rope, chain, fenced area (conventional or electronic) or inside a dwelling 24 hours a day and not allowed to roam free without the benefit of one or more of these types of restraint.
Read the Chapter 6.04. - Animal Control and Protection for more information.
- Why does the leash law exist?
The leash law is important in order to protect the community's health and prevent the pain and suffering that is caused to both animals and humans by free-roaming pets.
- Animals roaming free are more likely to come into contact with known rabies carriers such as skunks and raccoons. They are also more likely to spread parasites and other diseases to animals and humans.
- Each year, free-roaming animals cause millions of dollars in insurance claims, property loss and damage, medical bills, and loss of productivity. Animal bite injuries, property damage, and car accidents are major problems caused by animals allowed to run at large.
- Animals allowed to roam contribute markedly to pet overpopulation. Millions of pets are euthanized each year at animal shelters, humane societies, and ASPCAs in efforts to just keep up with the burgeoning pet population in our nation. Free-roaming, unaltered dogs breed indiscriminately and add to this already tragic situation. In addition to contributing to pet overpopulation, packs of dogs pursuing a female in the season become more aggressive and will bite more readily.
- What is a rabies quarantine?
A rabies quarantine is a period of observation, either at home or at an approved location, where the animal suspected of being involved in a bite scratch, or exposure can be watched to determine if there is any danger or the animal transmitting the rabies virus. The quarantine period for most humans is 10 days from the date the exposure occurred.
- What is rabies?
Rabies is an infection of the brain caused by a virus. The disease is usually fatal. Rabies appears to come in cycles; peak years reporting more than five times the cases of an average year. This makes it even more important that domestic animals be currently vaccinated against the disease. Wichita requires an annual rabies vaccination on all dogs and cats. Find information on cases of rabies in Kansas from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Rabies Lab.