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(573) 883-5820
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5 Basler Drive
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Administrative Office Hours:
M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm
Animal Control

Mission Statement

The Animal Control Division of the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office is first and foremost charged with the safety of the public, the protection of injured and neglected animals and the responsibility of enforcing all laws pertaining to animals.

We are committed:

  • To humanely capture animals running at large which in some way may pose a threat to the peace, health or welfare to person(s) in the community.
  • To investigate any and all animal abuse and neglect.
  • Feed, shelter and care for animals that are lost or abandoned.
  • Provide the animals an opportunity to be adopted and given a chance to live in a healthy environment.
  • Educate the public about animal overpopulation and the duties of the animal control officer.

Adoption requirements

When adopting any animal from the Ste. Genevieve County Shelter you will be asked to make a donation and sign an adoption contract. In this contract you will be asked to agree to the following:

  • I will provide humane care; maintaining the proper food, water, shelter and exercise for the animal.
  • I will provide veterinary care in case of illness or injury, have necessary vaccinations, including rabies and other preventative care.
  • I will, as a resident of Ste. Genevieve City, have the animal registered. This includes both cats and dogs.
  • I will not hold the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office responsible for any illness of the animal nor any damages that the animal may do to any person or property.
  • I accept that information received regarding the animal is based on previous interaction and/or previous owner statements and may not be accurate.
  • Owning a pet will not violate my rent or lease agreement(s).
  • I will not return the pet to the Ste. Genevieve County Shelter. I will transport and release the pet to a Humane Society for adoption if I find I am unable to keep the animal.
  • A representative of Law Enforcement may check the living conditions and environment of this animal if deemed necessary.

If you adopt an animal from the Ste. Genevieve County Shelter you will be required to spay/neuter and vaccinate the animal. Spay/neutering an animal adopted from any shelter is a requirement pursuant to sections 273.400 through sections 273.405 of the Animal Care and Facilities Act of the State of Missouri. Animal Control will work with you during the adoption process to ensure spay/neutering is performed.

Most of our animals are strays and their medical history is unknown to us. We do however perform limited health and temperament evaluations before our animals are ready for adoption.

Incoming Animals:

We will humanely capture and impound strays within Ste. Genevieve County. If Animal Control picks up your pet, contact the Animal Control Officer and he will release your pet to you.  If your pet is picked up by the Animal Control Officer two (2) or more times in the same year you will be charged a $10 kennel fee.  

In the event the animal is unclaimed within five (5) days, the animal will be evaluated for health and/or temperament problems and depending on the results may be offered to the general public for adoption or humanely euthanized.

We are not a Humane Society. We are not a drop off for those who no longer wish to own their pets. There are Humane Societies in the St. Louis area who can help.  They are:

Humane Society of Missouri

Maclind Avenue near the Zoo and Science Center


Maryland Heights location near Dorsett Road


Chesterfield Valley near Chesterfield Mall





The best way you can help us is to spay or neuter your pet.

Do you know that for every person that is born, fifteen dogs and forty-five cat are also born. In order to keep up with the flood of puppies and kittens, every person would have to own two dogs and six cats during their entire lifetime, assuming that we live for 75 years and dogs and cats for 10. A household of five would have to harbor ten (10) dogs and thirty (30) cats!

Do you know, that two (2) uncontrolled breeding cats plus their kittens and their kittens’ kittens if they are never spayed/neutered add up to:

2 litters per year

2.8 surviving kittens per year

10 year breeding life

In 10 years multiply to 80,399,780 cats.


You may also contact the ASPCA if you wish to help.  Below is the link:



Monetary Donations:

Donations should be made in the following manner:

Please make your check payable to the “Ste Genevieve County Animal Control Shelter” and mail to:

Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office

5 Basler Drive

Ste. Genevieve, Mo 63670


In the Memo line please make sure you write



Donate an item on our wish list and help support our animals.

No appointment necessary.  Items can be dropped off at:

5 Basler Dr.

Ste. Genevieve MO 63670  (573) 883-5820

Lobby of the Sheriff's office.  The items should be clean and in good condition.


  • Puppy formula 
  • Dry and wet puppy food
  • Dry and wet kitten food
  • Dry and wet dog food
  • Dry and wet cat food
  • Towels/blankets/wash clothes
  • Wire pet crates of any size
  • Pet leashes of all sizes
  • Pet collars of all sizes
  • Newspaper (Please remove Ads)
  • Cat litter (Non-Scoopable)
  • Pet beds
  • Milk Bones small/medium/large
  • Durable/washable dog toys
  • Plastic cat toys
  • Flea and tick medication for dogs
  • Flea and tick medication for cats
  • Storage totes with lids
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper Towels


Call (573) 883-5820 for adoptions, reclaims, and other general information.  If you have a pressing matter after hours or on the weekend, please call our dispatch at (573) 883-5215 to have a deputy respond.

If you are interested in adopting an animal, come to the lobby of the Sheriff's Office and inform the secretary or a deputy. The secretary or deputy will escort you to the kennel where you may view the animals we have for adoption. If you decide to adopt we will ask you to choose either Dr. Fallert or Dr. White to perform the necessary spay/neuter and administer the vaccinations. This is required per state law. You may pick up the animal from the vet when it is ready.

The average cost for adoption is around $100.00, which includes both the vet and kennel fees. Payment is made to the Vet when the animal is picked up. Fees can vary depending on the size of the animal you adopt.

****UPDATE*** SHE HAS BEEN REUNITED WITH HER OWNERS! This sweet little girl was found by Highway 32 and Miller Switch. We believe she may have been lost out at Hawn Park. Please reclaim her by calling animal control at 573-431-3131. 



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