In 2003, Thurston County reduced Animal Services’ contract for law enforcement, resulting in significant changes in the services that we are able to provide to Thurston County residents.
Note: If you are a resident of Olympia, Lacey or Tumwater, these service changes do not apply to you.
What does this mean to me?
If you are a resident of unincorporated Thurston County, please call 911:
If you or your livestock are in immediate danger of attack or injury.
NOTE: Effective Jan. 1, 2009, the County no longer has an officer to respond to:
- Barking dog;
- At large dog; or
- Dog injuring/killing another dog, cat or other pet.
Call Animal Services at (360) 352-2510:
- If a human has been menaced by a dog that is off its owner’s property;
- If a human has been bitten by a dog or cat;
- If you have confined a stray dog;
- If you have confined any injured or ill animal, including wildlife;
- If you are aware of a pet without food, water or shelter; being kept in unsanitary conditions (a dog on a chain too short to move away from its own waste, excessive piles of waste, etc.); or being abused.
Animal Services does not provide service to Thurston County residents for:
- Nuisance issues;
- Destruction of property; or
- Setting traps for feral (wild) domestic animals on private or public property.
Is the Shelter still operating and available to me?
Yes. If you wish to adopt or surrender a pet, have found a licensed pet or have confined a dog, wish to report animal abuse or neglect, have found an injured animal or are not sure who you need to speak to, please call (360) 352-2510 to speak with a staff member at the shelter.