Reclaiming Your Lost Pet
If your pet is impounded by Daphne Animal Control, you will need come to the Daphne Animal Shelter during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm to reclaim your pet. (Note: we are closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.)
What You Need to Bring to Reclaim Your Pet
- A Drivers license or ID with your current address listed on it (Note: if your ID address is not current, you will need to bring something with your name and address printed on it, such as a utility/public service bill or phone bill.)
- Payment for Reclaiming Fee Total (see below on how to calculate the total fees) by CASH OR CHECK ONLY
The standard Impoundment Fee is $25 per pet plus an additional $4 for each day of boarding, including both the day your animal was impounded and the day you claim your pet. If your pet is in any violation of the Animal Ordinance, you will be issued a citation for that violation at the time you pick up your pet.
Example – If your dog is found running loose in the city, you will be required to pay the Impound Fee ($25) plus the ($4 boarding fee per day) and be issued a summons for Leash law violation at the time you pick up your pet.
Total for one (1) day $29 plus a summons.
** If you are issued a citation for any animal violation, you will not be able to pay the Citation Fee at the Animal Shelter. Instead, you will need to mail the fine payment or appear in person with payment at the Daphne Municipal Court, 1502 US Hwy 98, Daphne, AL 36526.
Cats and dogs impounded by Animal Control Officers (ACO’s), police officers, or the general public shall be logged at the Animal Shelter. Each animal will be assigned a number for tracking purposes and then placed in the quarantine room for observation for ten (10) days. During this time, ACO’s will monitor the animal for vicious tendencies and disease.
The general public is NOT allowed to access the quarantine room. The general public is only allowed access to the adoption areas.
At the end of the quarantine period, the animal shall be moved to an adoption pen or to euthanasia, whichever is deemed necessary. Prior to moving a dog to the adoption pen, it will be bathed, dipped, and examined for fleas, skin diseases, etc. The puppy pen will be used for small puppies or for a mother dog with new puppies.
Owned Animal Surrender
The Daphne Animal Shelter will take owner pet surrenders if there is a proven medical hardship. Owners desiring the release of their animal(s) to the shelter will sign a surrender form, releasing their ownership and rights as owner. Persons turning in stray animals, or animals where the owner is unknown, will also sign the surrender form and will be required to show ID and proof of residency within the Daphne city limits.
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ACO’s will, at all times, perform in a professional manner and conduct themselves in a calm demeanor while dealing with the public. ACO’s will never abuse or mistreat any animal, nor allow another person to do so. Water and/or food will not be denied any animal in custody and humane handling of all animals is required.
II. Animal Disposal
ACO’s shall observe the ten (10) day period of keeping animals before disposal as provided for in the animal control ordinance.
- Animals meeting the requirements for disposal, in accordance with the ordinance, will be disposed of in a humane manner as recognized by veterinary science and as authorized by the Chief of Police.
- A confined animal may be euthanized as an act of mercy if it is injured or diseased to prevent further suffering, to prevent the spread of disease, or because the animal is incurable. The euthanasia will be documented and records retained for one year. The ACO and/or a veterinarian may make this judgment.
ACO’s investigating animal bites are to instruct the owner to quarantine the animal for a period of ten (10) days, regardless of any vaccinations. The animal must be quarantined and under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian who will determine weather the animal is free from rabies. All expenses shall be the responsibility of the owner. During quarantine, the animal cannot be sold, given away, or moved to another state or location.
- ACO’s will remain very familiar with Title 3-7-1, Chapter 7 pertaining to the State law on rabies. ACO’s who investigate animal bites will present a copy of page 42 of the law to the owner of the animal. This page covers the confinement of animals which have bitten humans, particularly Section 3-7-9
The ACO staff will maintain a close relationship with the Baldwin County Animal Shelter, BARC and The Haven “No-Kill” organizations.