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North Little Rock Animal Services is two departments in one – Animal Control and the Animal Shelter. Animal Services ensures the health and welfare of both residents and animals within city limits by taking care of abandoned animals and preventing potentially dangerous wildlife-human interactions. We work hard to create a city free of feral and stray animals.

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North Little Rock Animal Services is two departments in one – Animal Control and the Animal Shelter. Animal Services ensures the health and welfare of both residents and animals within city limits by taking care of abandoned animals and preventing potentially dangerous wildlife-human interactions. Animal Control responds to an average of 850 service calls each month. The Animal Shelter adopts out an average of 900 pets each year, finding new homes all across the country through its partnerships with animal rescues. We work hard to create a city free of feral and unwanted stray animals. Our goal is to reduce the population through intense spay/neuter programs and strict enforcement of the Differential Dog License Ordinance.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Does my cat and dog have to be licensed?

A. Yes. You are required to vaccinate any dogs or cats that you own once a year for rabies through a licensed veterinarian. As of January 1, 2002, you must also purchase yearly city license for both cats and dogs.

Q. What is Differential Licensing?
A. Differential licensing (for both cats and dogs) means that animals that are unsterilized and those that ARE sterilized have different fees for the purchase of a required animal license. Owners of sterilized pets have a much lower cost to purchase a yearly license - $5 as opposed to $30 per pet per year, which can be a substantial savings over the life of the pet. It is a way that the City encourages and rewards people for sterilizing their pets.

Q. I chain/leash my dog outside to a trolley system during the day, but bring him in at night. I don't have to have a dog house, do I?
A. Yes. You never know when it may rain, and in the summer your dog needs somewhere to get out of the sun.

Q. If I find a stray animal on the side of the road, or if my pet dies, will Animal Control pick them up?
A. Yes. Animal Control provides pick up deceased pets and/or stray animals that have been hit and killed or abandoned on the side of the road within the city limits.

Q. Am I allowed to have chickens in North Little Rock?     
A. Yes, if you pass the space requirements – where the planned chicken coop will be must be at least 75 feet from any neighboring resident or building. If you do not meet the 75-feet requirement, you are disqualified to have chickens. If you do meet the requirement, you will be given a permit (annual renewal required) that must be filed with the City Clerk’s office, the cost of which is $10 each year. Roosters are not allowed in North Little Rock. Chickens must be kept in a coop at all times.