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Frequently Asked Questions

The material in this question and answer series is for your information only. It is not legal advice and is not designed to be used in place of legal advice. You should consult your own attorney for legal advice. The St. Joseph Legal Department provides this series to provide a general summary of procedures concerning violations of city ordinances in the City of St. Joseph, Missouri. It is issued to inform generally, not to advise of specific rights. As with any general information, the answers given here may not specifically apply to you.
When do I need a breeders or litter permit?
If you own an intact dog or cat and allow that animal to breed you are required to obtain a breeders permit from the Animal Control & Rescue Shelter, prior to the welping of the puppies or kittens. The breeders permit cost $20.00. If you fail to obtain the breeders permit and are in possession of a litter of puppies or kittens you are then required to obtain a litter permit from the Animal Control & Rescue Shelter. The cost of the litter permit is $100.00.

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1. What qualifies as an emergency for calls that are after hours?
2. What are your adoption fees?
3. What are the redemption fees?
4. What do I do if I've lost my pet?
5. What do I do if I've found an animal?
6. What are the license requirements for a pet?
7. Is there a ban on pit bulls or other breeds?
8. Do you offer spay/neuter assistance?
9. Is there a leash law?
10. What do I do about a cat nuisance?
11. What can I do about a barking dog?
12. My neighbor doesn't pick up his pet's waste and now it stinks, what can I do?
13. How do you handle animal bites?
14. Is there a handling fee for unwanted animals?
15. Is there a handling fee for stray animals?
16. When do I need a breeders or litter permit?
17. Is it a crime to abandon an unwanted animal?