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 pet license or an ID tag and if you feel comfortable enough with the animal to check the information, contact the owner directly. If you found a licensed pet after business hours, call the number on the license to get contact information for the owner through the automated "fetch your pet" program.
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 can 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. Let the owner know that you're disturbed by the noise, and try to work out a mutually agreeable solution. Offer suggestions or alternatives that will help reduce or eliminate the disturbance, and allow the pet owner a reasonable amount of time to remedy the situation. Keep track of these contacts with the pet owner and response(s) you receive on a Petition Form.
- 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.
- Submit a complaint
If you have tried to solve the problem by talking to the pet owner, and continue to be disturbed, and you have identified other neighbors who are also disturbed by the noise, we can assist you.
Complaints about barking dogs or other nuisance animal noises can be submitted by calling 206-296-PETS (7387), extension 24. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. If you call, be prepared with the following information:
To submit a written complaint, please download and complete an Animal Complaint Form, then mail it to:
- Your name, address, and phone number
- Name and address of the owner of the animal causing the disturbance
- Description of the animal(s) causing the noise
- Brief description of the issue
You can also scan and email a copy of the Complaint Form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC)
- 21615 64th Ave. S.
- Kent, WA 98032
After you contact us, you will be provided with a case number. Please use it in future communications with RASKC about the issue.
Please note that the Complaint Form does not replace the Petition Form we will also ask you to complete.
- Documenting and submitting a petition
After a complaint is filed, we will mail you a Petition Form, or you can download one here to begin documenting the noise issue. Follow the instructions on the Petition Form carefully, and document your experiences thoroughly and honestly as this information may be used in a hearing.
RASKC will also contact the pet owner to let them know that a complaint has been filed, and informing them that they must take action to end the noise problem.
- If the noise continues
Most owners will take action to quiet their noisy pets once notified of the issue. However, if the problem continues after giving the owner a reasonable amount of time to take corrective action, after we receive your completed Petition Form we will send a RASKC officer to make contact with the owner. The pet's owner will have a chance to explain their side, and the officer will provide tips and education, or a warning if warranted.
Do not stop documenting the noise issues and reporting to RASKC if they continue. If the steps above do not resolve the problem, RASKC can take escalating enforcement action. In order to do so, updated documentation of a continuing problem is necessary. 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.
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 email@example.com.