Animal Shelter

"Saving one animal will not change the world, but surely for that one animal the world will change forever."

The Animal Shelter is operated by the Public Safety Division. Our mission is to house and care for all animals impounded within the city limits of Nevada. The Animal Shelter does not accept any animals from outside the city.  Employees care for the animals 7 days a week. Animals are fed and watered on a regular basis and receive limited medical treatment.

The Animal Shelter holds animals to be reclaimed by the owners and/or adopted by new owners. The shelter also confines aggressive/dangerous animals for public safety reasons. Fees will be charged according to the situation.

Reclaim Animal

Pets that are reclaimed may have fees that include but are not limited to impound, & medical costs.


Animals may be adopted from the shelter after they have been held for 5 days. This gives the original owner time to reclaim the animal or notify the shelter they intend to reclaim. The city charges a small adoption fee plus a spay/neuter fee on all animals over the age of 4 months. Under 4 months a deposit is required in lieu of the spay/neuter. The adoption fee covers all medical treatments given at the shelter and microchipping with an AVID microchip.

Adoption ApplicationPicture of a dog


The City of Nevada does transfer animals to rescues as allowed by the Missouri Statute. Organizations must present an Animal Care Facility License to shelter personnel. 

The City of Nevada does not knowingly adopt sick or aggressive animals to anyone.

Any animal not able to be adopted or unsafe to handle/care for is taken to be euthanized. The staff at the shelter attempt to place/return as many animals as possible via adoptions, reclaims, and transfers to rescues.

Also available at the Animal Shelter is the yearly dog license. All dogs, over the age of 6 months, within the City of Nevada are required to have a dog license and for that license to be attached to the dog at all times per 5-25b of the City Code. License can be purchased at the Shelter or the Public Safety Building located at 120 South Ash. Please bring the animal's current rabies vaccination certificate.

License prices are as follows:

  • Neutered/spayed dog - $5
  • Intact male or female dog - $10

Other Services Offered

Surrendering Animals

Residents of the city may surrender, any cat or dog. Proof of residence will be asked for. Owner surrenders are always on a space-available basis and must meet certain criteria. Animals must have current rabies shots, vet records in the owner's name, and be adaptable among others. Owners will need to call ahead of time.Picture of Cat

Additional Information

For any questions about our services please contact the shelter staff during our regular business hours. In case of emergency or after hours contact the Nevada Police Department at 417-448-5100. You can also see the current animals at the shelter on Pet Finder and on the Nevada Missouri Animal Shelter Facebook.  If you would like to donate or purchase items for our animals please visit our Amazon Wish List .

The City of Nevada reserves the right to change or modify all prices and policies without notice.