What Animal Control Does

The Idaho Humane Society’s Animal Care and Control Division protects Ada County animals every day and at all hours from cruelty and neglect. Our officers rescue hundreds of injured pets each year.

Enforcement Authority

Our humane officers are deputized by the Ada County Sheriff’s Department to enforce animal-related laws.

Service Area

The Idaho Humane Society’s Animal Care and Control Division provides service to the cities of Boise, Eagle, Garden City, Kuna and Meridian, and to the unincorporated parts of Ada County.

The Animal Care and Control Division does not have the authority to provide services inside the city limits of Star or outside of Ada County. If you are outside our service area, please contact your local animal control officer, police department or sheriff’s office for assistance.

What does the Animal Care and Control Division do?

  • Investigates, prevents and stops animal neglect and cruelty
  • Educates the public about animal welfare
  • Protects public health by removing deceased animals from public by-ways
  • Enforces animal-related laws by issuing citations if necessary
  • Protects the public from dangerous animals
  • Quarantines animals who have bitten
  • Rescues animals that are in danger, sick or injured
  • Mediates disputes neighbors have about animals
  • Assists other law enforcement agencies

Our humane officers respond to citizens’ calls about:

  • Animal cruelty and neglect
  • Dogs at large
  • Barking dogs
  • Found or unwanted animals to be picked up
  • Aggressive animals
  • Deceased animals on public byways (where retrieval does not compromise officer safety)
  • Stray animals that are injured, sick or in danger
  • Animal attacks upon other animals or people
  • Animal bites to other animals or people
  • Animals in traffic
  • Loose livestock