The Soldotna Animal Control Office has been a part of the City’s government for more than 30 years, but in 2011 it became a division of the Police Department. While the primary responsibility of Animal Control Officers is to enforce Soldotna’s Animal Control ordinances, they are also tasked with long range planning of local animal control programs.
The Animal Control Officer and Animal Control Officer Assistant regularly patrol the community to impound strays and investigate public complaints. They also respond to animal related emergency calls referred to them by police officers. These calls may involve dangerous, injured or abandoned animals or be the result of an animal bite to a human. One of the most important responsibilities of the Animal Control Office is to cooperate with the Alaska Department of Public Health to investigate, mitigate, and manage any threat of rabies in the community.
Public education is another important responsibility of the Animal Control Office which endeavors to promote responsible pet ownership through community outreach. Each year officers present a number of informational programs to school children and community groups. Group tours of the shelter are not being offered to the public at this time, but Officers welcome invitations to share their insights and expertise about animal care.
Animal Control Officers routinely issue citations for violations of city animal ordinances and also enforce the licensing of dogs within the community. They also collect fees for licensing and for the redemption of impounded animals.
Hundreds of stray, abandoned, or impounded animals are housed at the Animal Control facility each year, and the officers are responsible for providing them with humane care as well as arranging for their disposition. Every effort is made to return animals to responsible owners, or to see them adopted into new permanent homes, but sadly, Animal Control Officers are also tasked with euthanizing animals when necessary.
The Soldotna Animal Control Office uses Pet Finder to post advertisements for pets which may be available for local adoption. If you are considering acquiring a new pet, Officers encourage you to visit the website to see what animals may be immediately available at local shelters. Animals will be spayed or neutered prior to being released from the shelter and adoption fees will vary.