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Animal Care & Control

The Taney County Health Department assumed operations of Animal Control services for Taney County in August 2009. The Department operates the Animal Shelter located at 255 Critter Trail, in Hollister, Missouri with a seven member staff of Animal Control Officers (ACO) and kennel technicians.

In the City of Branson the ACO's inspect and permit all animal exhibits, patrol and enforce codes, and issue citations.

The ACO’s enforce all animal ordinances and respond and investigate complaints in the unincorporated areas of Taney County.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide quality animal care and control services which protect the public and provide for animal safety with education, sheltering, and pet placement while having compassion toward all animals.    

After Hours Emergency Contact

In the event of an animal emergency, that occurs after normal operating hours, please call 1-888-632-3602 or your local law enforcement department.

Animal Care & Control Ordinances

Taney County &City of Branson Ordinances and State statutes

Lost/Found Animals and Animal Adoption

The Taney County Animal Care & Control Center maintains a site on Petango that displays all animals that are currently available to the public. The site includes pictures of animals that have strayed from their owner as well as owner surrendered and those available for adoption.  Or, visit Hometown Radio, Pet Connection tab or to view animals at the center.

If your animal is not pictured, call or visit the center during hours of operation. 

The Taney County Animal Care & Control Center is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


  • Redemption fees

    A redemption fee is charged for any animal that has been picked up by an ACO.  The owner is required to pay a fee to reclaim the animal.  The fee varies, based on the jurisdiction where the animal was found. 

    For more information, contact the Animal Care & Control Center at 417-332-0172.
  • Owner Surrender Fees

    Should circumstances require an owner to surrender an animal to the Animal Shelter, a fee will be charged for each animal surrendered. 

    For more information, contact the Animal Care & Control Center at 417-332-0172.

  • Adoption Fees

Adoption packages include spay/neuter, one round of vaccinations including rabies, heartworm test- dogs only, and microchipping.

For more information, contact the Animal Care & Control Center at 417-332-0172.

Help give an animal a second chance at a permanent home by making a donation.

Donations of cat/kitten, dog/puppy food, & blankets or toys are always greatly appreciated.

Wildlife in City of Branson

ACO's respond to wildlife complaints at businesses in the City of Branson. Personal property owners should contact a local pest control company for any wildlife nuisance issues. For more information contact the Animal Care & Control Center.


Animal Control Officers inspect attractions or events involving animals to ensure the events operate within the required federal, state, and local guidelines.  Health permits are required for all animal attractions, whether permanent or temporary. All completed permits may be faxed or emailed to:

Fax: 417-332-2672
Email: Sherry Simpson-

Permit Application Form

For more information contact the Animal Care & Control Center.

Animal Bites

Animal Control Officers investigate all animal bites that occur in Taney County. Please contact
(417) 332-0172 or the afterhour's emergency number at 1-888-632-3602 to report an animal bite.

Partner With

National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA)
Missouri Animal Control Association (MACA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)
Mickey Gilley
Mickey Gilley Theatre
Joplin Humane Society
Missouri Department of Agriculture
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
MO Humane Society
Humane Society of Missouri






Copyright © 2008-2011 Taney County Health Department. TCHD is an equal opportunity employer.  Site Map
Forsyth Office:      15479 State Highway 160, Forsyth, MO 65653   Phone: 417-546-4725 or 1-888-707-4725        Fax: 417-546-4727
Branson Office:               320 Rinehart Road, Branson, MO 65616    Phone: 417-334-4544 or 1-888-294-9530        Fax: 417-335-5727

Animal Care & Control Center: 255 Critter Trail, Hollister, MO 65672    Phone: 417-332-0172 Fax: 417-332-2672  Fax: 417-332-2672