The Pittsburgh Bureau of Animal Care & Control provides assistance to Bureaus within the Department of Public Safety, other City Departments and the Allegheny County Health Department in situations involving animals, both domestic and wild. The Bureau enforces City and State codes dealing with animals; issues citations and appears in court; helps to keep our City’s parks animal-nuisance free; works with non-profit animal shelters; provides consultation to other municipalities concerning animal issues; and assists the Pennsylvania Game Commission in tracking the rabies virus.
Animal Control Agents capture stray animals, assist in pet/owner recovery, resolve neighbor disputes over animals, assist the elderly and physically-challenged with animal concerns, advise and teach residents of their responsibility as pet owners, advise non-pet owners of their rights, and assist in the removal of nuisance wildlife. (Nuisance wildlife is defined as wildlife that causes, or is about to cause, property damage or that presents a threat to the health or safety of the community by means of disease transmission or direct attacks.) The Bureau also quarantines animals, provides removal of deceased animals and assists police and the District Attorney's office with humane investigations.
Office: (Monday-Friday 7:00am-3:00pm) 412-255-2036
After Hours Operation: 412-255-2935
Emergencies: (11:00pm-7:00am Monday-Friday & After 5:00pm-9:00am Saturdays & Sundays) 412-255-2935
Daily Operations: Monday-Friday 7:00am-3:00pm, & 3:00pm-11:00pm Weekends and holidays 9:00am-5:00pm.
Animal Care & Control provides and delivers traps to City residents for a refundable deposit fee of $40.00. The resident has use of the trap for two weeks. Residents are to call Animal Care & Control as often as they need to have animals removed. At the end of two weeks the trap ACC picks up the trap and the deposit is returned (if the trap is not damaged, stolen or lost). Traps are on a first-come first-serve basis.
Animal Care & Control provides service for animals that pass away. Residents can call the Animal Care & Control office to have their own pets picked up or whenever something is seen along the road, street, sidewalk or park. There is no charge for this service.
All dogs (3 months or older) within the City are required to have a current license. Licenses can be obtained in one of three ways: Animal Care & Control can come to any residents home to sell licenses: a license form can be mailed; or licenses can be picked up in person at the City County Building Treasures office. Dog License Department: 412-255-2967. Cats are not required to have licenses but are required to have I.D tags. Failure to have these tags can result in a $100.00 citation.
All cats and dogs, for the safety of the pet and the community, are required to have this vaccination. Residents must keep paper work and tags are to be place on the collars. Failure to have this vaccination can result in a $100.00 citation.
51 1/2 29th St
Pittsburgh, PA, 15201
Monday-Friday: 7:00am-3:00pm - 412-255-2036
Outside of these hours: 412-255-2935
Emergencies: Please dial 911