Animal Control is a division of the Police Department specializing in animal care and control. Animal Control duties and responsibilities include: enforce all City/State animal laws; assist police with all situations pertaining to, or dealing with, animals; conduct animal complaint investigations; handle animal bite reports and rabies quarantine enforcement; capture and remove stray animals from streets for the safety of the animals and protection of residents; oversee adoption program and care for animals at Animal Control; manage injured/sick wildlife calls; advise and assist residents with nuisance wildlife issues; assist residents with lost or found animals; remove dead wild animals; educate residents regarding native wild animals and domestic animal requirements and ordinances.
Being a Responsible Pet Owner
- Do not let your pets run loose. This is dangerous to your pets and causes a nuisance to your neighbors. Do pick up your dogs’ excrement.
- Do have your dog or cat vaccinated in accordance to City and State laws. Most cities require a rabies vaccination for most pets.
- Do not allow your dog to habitually bark. This creates a conflict with neighbors and is one of the most reported nuisance calls to Animal Control.
- Think before getting a pet. Be sure it is the right animal for you. Make sure you will be able to care for the animal for the duration of its life.
- Provide good food, water and proper shelter for your pet. All dogs can benefit from obedience training.
- Should you lose your pet, no matter the species of animal, call your local Animal Control or Police Department and report it missing.
- License your dog. This is required by law and will only help to return your lost dog home. Any form of identification on your pet is better than nothing at all.
Cuyahoga Animal Warden Society
The City of North Royalton Animal Control Division is a member of the Cuyahoga Animal Warden Society (CAWS). CAWS is an organization that was founded in 1982 to create a common bond and interest among the community animal control officers. It provides a forum for knowledge sharing and cooperation among neighboring animal control offices.