Our animal control field officers respond to the following requests:
- Vicious animal complaints
- Cruelty investigations
- Animal bites
- Injured animal rescues
- Law enforcement agency calls for assistance
- Loose livestock on roadways
- Aggressive or sick animal pickup
Regional Animal Services of King County's service area includes all unincorporated areas of King County and 25 contracting cities. For service, please call 206-296-PETS (7387) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening animal-related emergency, call 9-1-1.
Searching for a lost pet is heartbreaking and stressful. Read about tips for finding lost pets (PDF) and visit the King County Pet Adoption Center, and all other local shelters, frequently to have the best chances of being reunited.
You can also post a free classified ad on Petfinder.com, search for strays on PetHarbor.com, or contact Missing Pet Partnership of Seattle (external links).
A pet license is one of the easiest and fastest ways to help your lost pet find its way home again.
Found a stray animal
Regional Animal Services of King County accepts stray pets over the counter at the King County Pet Adoption Center in Kent. For questions, call 206-296-PETS (7387).
If the pet is wearing a Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) license tag, call the number on the tag (206-296-2712) and have the six-digit license number available. When you call, you will either reach our pet licensing staff or our automated voice response system. Give the license number to our staff, or enter the number when prompted by the automated system. You will be given the pet owner's phone number so you can contact them directly to return their pet.
If the pet is wearing an ID tag and if you feel comfortable enough with the animal to check the information, contact the owner directly.
Veterinary clinics: If you have a microchip scanner, and can obtain the code number, you can use the AAHA Pet Microchip Lookup tool to identify the owner of a stray pet.
Surrendering a pet
We understand that there are many circumstances that could lead to a pet owner to consider giving up their pet(s). However, surrendering a pet should be viewed as a last resort. Please read the Information to Consider (PDF) when you think you need to surrender a pet.
We take in surrendered animals by reservation only, based on our available cage/kennel space each day. Please call 206-296-PETS (7387) to make a surrender reservation. Our reservations fill up quickly each morning. Our call center opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and we can fill reservations for that day only based on available space.
On average, when you surrender a pet it costs King County around $300 per animal for vaccinations, food, boarding, and veterinary care. Anything you can donate to cover costs when you surrender an animal is greatly appreciated. If we are unable to take additional surrendered animals that day, call center staff will be able to provide you with a list of other local shelters who may be able to take owner-surrender animals.
If you are encountering issues with someone else's pet, please read tips about communicating with the pet owner (PDF) before you send the complaint.
Complaint submittal options:
- Fill out and email a completed complaint form (PDF) to email@example.com.
- Call 206-296-PETS (7387), extension 24, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Download, print, and mail or fax a hard-copy complaint form to:
- Mail: Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC), 21615 64th Ave. S, Kent, WA 98032
- Fax: 206-205-8043
Animal noise complaints
People living in urban and suburban areas of King County should expect to live with some level of noise. Even rural areas can be impacted by noise. Traffic, neighborhood children, lawn equipment, and barking dogs are just a few examples. As a resident, you are expected to tolerate most of these noises within reason. However, in the case of excessive noise caused by a pet, there are several things you can do.
- Communicate with the pet owner
Try to talk to the pet owner about the problem. Sometimes owners are not aware of the problem, especially when they are not at home. A neighborly discussion can be helpful. Try to work out a mutually agreeable solution, and allow the pet owner a reasonable amount of time to remedy the situation. Make note of the dates and times of your contacts with the pet owner and responses received.
- Send our helpful preventing noise nuisance materials to the owner
Print out our Preventing Nuisance Barking brochure and Noise Nuisance Letter, and share these materials with the pet owner. They are designed to help pet owners understand the problem and offer some ideas about correcting a noisy pet issue.
- Document and submit a Noise Complaint Petition
If you have tried unsuccessfully to solve the problem by talking to the pet owner, and you have identified other neighbors who are also disturbed by the noise, we can assist you. Carefully follow the instructions on the Noise Complaint Petition Form. Document your experiences thoroughly and honestly, as you may need to testify at an appeal hearing.
Scan and email your completed Petition to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax it to 206-205-8043 or mail it to:
- Please note that you must have the exact address where the nuisance pet lives, a minimum of three complainants, and the form must be signed.
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC)
21615 64th Ave. S.
Kent, WA 98032
RASKC will contact the pet owner to let them know a complaint was filed and that they must take action to correct the problem.
- If the noise continues
Do not stop documenting the noise issues. If the steps above do not resolve the problem, RASKC can take escalating enforcement action. In order to do so, contact us with updated documentation of the continuing problem. We will continue to work on the noise disturbance as long as you and your neighbors continue to document the ongoing problems and submit information to us. As necessary, RASKC officers will be dispatched and may issue additional notices of violation until the problem is resolved.
If you have questions, please call 206-296-PETS (7387) extension 24, or email email@example.com. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
See our regulations page for answers to frequently asked animal enforcement questions, and to view helpful information about pet regulations in King County. Find information about how many pets you are allowed to have, the common reasons animals may be impounded, rules in parks, and pet licensing requirements.
Frequently asked questions
Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page answers common questions such as, "Do you rescue cats trapped in trees?" and "What can you tell me about microchips?" If you cannot find the information you are looking for on our website, please call 206-296-PETS (7387) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.