The City of Mobile Animal Shelter serves the City of Mobile. We provide many services which include: the enforcement of the leash law, investigating cruelty to animal cases, administering dog licenses, and the housing of unwanted animals.

The Animal Shelter provides pick up service for stray or injured animals. This service also applies to any unowned biting animal. (If a biting animal has an owner, said animal must be impounded, at owner expense, for 10 days at licensed veterinarian for observation.)

Dog Licenses:

All dogs within the City limits of Mobile over three months old are required to be licensed.
A license may be purchased during normal office hours, including 9:00 - 3:30 on Saturday.
Proof of current rabies inoculation is required for all license purchases.

The following fees apply to the license:

Unspayed/Unneutered dogs $15.00
Spayed/Neutered dogs $3.00
Senior Citizens (65 or older)
Unspayed/Unneutered dogs $3.00
Spayed/Neutered dogs $1.50
Proof of age is required. Licensing is now due on the citizens anniversary month. For instance, if you purchase/renew your license in April, your license needs to be renewed the following April. $10 late fee applies for late renewal.

Pet Adoptions:

Puppies/Kittens (under 3 months) $40.00
Adult Dog/Cat: $61.00
** All adoption fees include: spay/neuter, 1st set of vaccines and worming **

Free Adoptions only excludes the price for the adoption fee. Adopter may have to purchase a Rabies Certificate ($8.00 if applicable) and City License (if applicable) if they reside inside the City Limits of Mobile, Alabama.

Alabama State Law requires that all dogs, cats, and ferrets at least 3 months of age to have a current Rabies Vaccine.

All dogs within the city limits of Mobile over 3 months of age are required to be licensed. A license may be purchased during normal business hours, including 9:00 am. until 4:00 pm. on Saturdays. Proof of current rabies inoculation is required before a city license can be issued.

The Animal Shelter is open for adoptions from 9am-11am, then 12pm-4:00pm, Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 - 3:30 Saturday.

Animal control services:

  • In case of emergency after hours,(Animal Control will respond to any biting dog or cat incident, any injured dog or cat, or vicious animal call.) please call Mobile 311 @ 251-208-5311 until 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m. please call MPD @ 251-208-7211.

  • The Animal Shelter picks up sick or injured raccoons.

  • The Animal Shelter patrols for dogs running loose. A dog must be on public property for an Animal Shelter Officer to pick up dog. For a dog to be picked up off private property, a release form must be signed by responsible party, authorizing Animal Control to confiscate animal.

  • Municipal Offense Tickets are issued by Animal Control Officers for dog running loose, lack of city dog license, rabies shot requirement, and cruelty to animals, keeping wild or dangerous animals, unsanitary conditions or interfering with an officer. MOT fines are $247.00 per offense or as determined by the courts.

  • Cat traps are available for temporary use from the Animal Shelter. Cats may be transported in trap to the Animal Shelter and our staff will remove the cat for you.