Animal Control & Shelter

In compliance with the public health order issued by the Summit County Board of County Commissioners that Summit County minimize social contact, the Animal Shelter will be providing modified service until further notice.

  • The shelter facility will be closed to the general walk in public and volunteers.
  • People who need to redeem or relinquish their pet or in need of pet cremation services may make an appointment by calling 970-668-3230 and leave a message. A staff member will return your call and make an appointment to meet with you.
  • If you are interested in adopting a particular pet, you must submit a completed adoption application (see Animal Shelter and Adoption Information Page for applications) to . Once your application is approved, a staff member will contact you to set up an appointment to meet the pet.  
  • We are not in need of foster homes at this time.  If you are interested in fostering, please send an email to .
  • Animal Control Officers (ACOs) are responding to calls.
  • ACOs may respond in person or by phone depending upon appropriate call response.
  • ACOs may be wearing a facemask and other personal protective equipment.  Do not be alarmed.  We care about your safety and ours.
  • If you are contacted by an ACO, advise them if you are feeling ill or have COVID-19 symptoms. 

Summit County Animal Control and Shelter is a division of the Summit County Sheriff's Office. We enforce the animal control regulations for unincorporated Summit County. The shelter is utilized by citizens and visitors of all Summit County.

Mission Statement

To enforce the regulations for domestic animals' care and control, there by providing protection to the people and property of Summit County. To provide the domestic animals in our care with a secure, shelter environment. To offer adoptable animals an opportunity for placement into permanent, responsible, and safe homes where they are valued.

Make a Donation

The Summit County Animal Shelter depends upon the generosity of our community to fund animals' medical treatments, spay/neuter surgeries, and the humane education program. Make a donation today.

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Annual Report

The Summit County Animal Control and Shelter Annual Report (pdf) provides information and data on intakes and outcomes  for all our shelter animals.

Our shelter live release rate for dogs and cats is 98%. *

* Shelter Live Release Rate =  (Adoption+Return to Owner+Transfer+ Owner Requested Euthanasia)/(Adoption+Return to Owner+Transfer+Owner Requested Euthanasia+Shelter Euthanasia)

   Shelter Animals Count | The National Database Project