Animal Services

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The Animal Services Division is responsible for protection of our citizens by enforcing all City ordinances related to Animal Safety and Welfare. Pet owners who do not comply with the laws are issued citations for their appearance in Municipal Court. In addition, Animal Services Staff has responsibility for stray animals in Little Rock. Stray animals are collected and housed at the Animal Village where care is provided for them or they are held for owner pickup, adoption or rescue. Adoption programs attempt to place these animals in loving homes with responsible owners. Animal Service Officers respond to complaints about stray, injured, neglected and abused animals.


Looking for a furry companion? We might just have the pet for you. Adopt-A-Pet places hundreds of quality animals in good homes every year. Stop in and visit our animals at the Animal Village. This shelter was built with the animals care in mind. The kennels open at 10:00 AM every business day.

We have a large number of dogs and cats in need of a loving home. Visit our great facility to meet some of our adoptable animals. Adoption fee is $90. This fee pays for checkup, sterilization, heartworm/FIV/FeLV test, vaccinations and micro-chipping of feline. Give one of our wonderful dogs or cats a home. You'll be saving a life and gaining a lifelong friend! 

Success Stories 

"I adopted a Cane Corso in June 2021...Little Rock Animal Services/Little Rock Animal Village was the first to step forward to save his life...I just wanted to send a quick message to say 'thank you' for doing what you do and for saving this sweet boy's life...  He's now up to 115 lbs, still getting stronger every day and no longer limps on the front leg that was injured." - Ardbeg's' Mom

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday 8AM-5PM

The Animal Services office and shelter is located at 4500 Kramer Street, just off the 4600 block of South University Avenue and First Tee Way.

Office Hours: Tuesday - Saturday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Basic Animal Control Laws

  • Every dog or cat four (4) months or older must be vaccinated for Rabies and be licensed by the City of Little Rock (the animal must wear the license on a collar or harness at all times).
  • All outdoor cats must be sterilized and micro-chipped.
  • All dogs must be confined on the owner’s property by a fence, pen or by tethering to an approved trolley system. 
  • Any loose animals in your neighborhood should be reported to Animal Services for their safety and yours. 
  • Dogs in an open vehicle or pickup must be confined within a crate or carrier, or inside vehicle cab.
  • Residents may not exceed four (4) dogs and four (4) cats per household unless a kennel permit is obtained.
  • Penned animals must be kept clean and sanitary and should not give off offensive odors. 


  • This includes intentional cruelty, such as shooting or poisoning, and neglect. 
  • Cruelty to animals (including neglect) is a punishable crime in Little Rock. Cruelty includes physical abuse and abuse by neglect, which is failure to provide adequate shelter, food, water and medical care.
  • Animal bites that break the victim's skin must be reported to Animal Services immediately. These animals must be quarantined for a period of ten (10) days regardless of vaccination status (Quarantine is required by State law). The owner of the animal is responsible for all costs. 
  • The keeping of exotic wildlife including carnivore, innately wild animals, non-human primates and venomous reptiles is prohibited.
  • Contact Animal Services for complete listing of applicable Animal Control Laws or additional information.

REMEMBER: As a pet owner, you are responsible for following all animal ordinances in Little Rock. Failure to do so could result in fines up to $1,000.

Solid Waste Services is responsible for picking up and disposing of dead animals. To have an animal removed, call Little Rock Solid Waste Collection Operations at (501) 562-5102.

Potentially Dangerous Breeds

In February 2008, the Little Rock City Board of Directors passed an ordinance requiring individuals within the City of Little Rock who are owners of certain breeds of dogs to register these animals. The dogs that must be registered are those with a primary breed that is American Pit Bull Terrier, American Straffordshire Terrier or Straffordshire Terrier. These must be registered at the Little Rock Animal Village, 4500 Kramer Street.  

The requirements and documents needed for registration of a "Potentially Dangerous Dog" are as follows:

  • Proof of Spay or Neuter (or Veterinarian documentation of medical condition that would not allow sterilization, confirmed by the Veterinarian of Little Rock Animal Services)
  • Photo with owner will be taken at the Animal Village. Dog must be present at registration so that the photo can be taken.
  • Micro Chipping of Dog
  • Current Rabies Vaccination
  • Current City License
  • $150.00 Fee (per Animal) for Registration is Required
  • All Dogs of these Breeds must be Confined by a Fence or in a Structure.

Download Application for Potentially Dangerous Dogs

Note: A maximum of Two (2) dogs of these breeds will be allowed to be owned.

Be a responsible pet owner!

  • Make sure your pet is always wearing its tag.
  • Follow all animal ordinances for your pet's safety and for your own.
  • Have your pet checked regularly by a veterinarian, and make sure your pet is current on all vaccinations.
  • Provide adequate confinement for your pet. A properly fenced dog will not be in danger of being hit by a car or possibly contracting disease.
  • Take heed of weather conditions. Just like humans, pets are sensitive to extreme temperatures.
  • For more information on properly caring for your pet, call your veterinarian.
  • Adopt-A-Pet: The Animal Village has a number of dogs and cats that need loving homes. Visit our facility to meet some of our eligible animals. Our adoption fee is $90. Give a lonely dog or cat a home. You'll be saving a life and gaining a best friend!
  • Volunteer: Our volunteers are indispensable, and there are never enough of them. We need extra help in adoption services, foster care, and a variety of other animal services. Call our facility, or come by for a visit anytime.
  • Children must be taught how to properly treat our furry friends. Teaching a child responsibility and respect for animals reduces the chance of animal bites and scratches, and makes them a responsible pet owner in the future. 
  • Animal Service Officers work to protect you. The Animal Services Staff appreciates your cooperation with animal control situations.
  • Your pet cannot talk. If he is lost, the only hope of identifying him is his city dog license or a microchip. You should have a picture of your pet, as well as a description including height, weight, age, color and distinctive markings. These items will help us determine whether or not your pet is in our care.

Volunteer Training

Little Rock Animal Services offers a volunteer workshop every 2nd Saturday of the month. This workshop will entail an intense look at Animal Services and the Animal Shelter to give citizens an in-depth look at the challenges that face staff daily in public safety, animal welfare, animal care as well as adoptions. This program will allow staff to better care for the animals in custody of the City as well as inform citizens on ordinances and proper animal care.

To sign-up for our Volunteer Training, please email

For More Information

Tracy Roark, Manager
Little Rock Animal Village and Education Center
4500 Kramer Street
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 376-3067
(501) 376-7856 (Fax)