Yakima Animal Control

The Yakima Humane Society is under contract with the City of Yakima to provide animal control services within the geographical boundaries of the city. Our animal control officers are empowered to investigate animal cruelty or neglect complaints in this jurisdiction.

The Yakima Humane Society provides three full-time Animal Control Officers under this contract and the City of Yakima provides one full-time Animal Control Officer. Schedules vary to provide consistent coverage seven days a week.

Animal Control Officers respond to citizen complaints regarding nuisance dogs, such as barking, running loose and keeping dogs in a nauseous, foul or offensive manner. Animal Control Officers also respond to sick and injured animals, as well as removing dead animals from streets and sidewalks. They investigate reports of animal abuse and neglect to assure the welfare of animals is being met. They respond to reports of dangerous dogs that are threatening the safety of people and their animals, and to incidents of dog bites. Animal Control Officers have the ability to charge people with violations of the Yakima Municipal Code pertaining to animals.

To report animal abuse, neglect or cruelty in the City of Yakima, please call the Animal Control Office at 
(509) 575-6038.

In emergency situations please contact the Yakima City Police Department at (509) 575-6200.

All animals picked up by Animal Control Officers are housed at the Yakima Humane Society.

City ordinances regarding animals and pets can be found here under Title 6 of the Yakima Municipal Code (6.18 & 6.20).

Quick Facts

  • All dogs must be licensed by six (6) months of age
  • All dogs must have current Rabies inoculation
  • Limited to three (3) dogs per household
  • Dog licenses may be purchased at City Hall or the Yakima Humane Society
  • Altered licensing fee: $15 per year
  • Unaltered licensing fee: $30 per year