Animal Control

         Animal Control Web home page

Animal Control provides services to the citizens of Mason City that covers a wide range of animal problems.  The complaints can be about nuisance complaints, picking up stray animals, assisting with wildlife control, checking on the welfare of an animal, or the enforcement various violation of our animal ordinance.

The Animal Control coordinates with the other neighborhood service's division staff and shelter personnel to help keep the public safe. 

Please keep us informed by using the following links:
Report a Missing Animal
Report Animal Cruelty

City License


License Required
Owners of all canines and felines over six (6) months of age, shall obtain an annual license. City licenses may be renewed for 1, 2, or 3 years depending on the expiration of the rabies vaccinations.
License fee shall be $50.00 per year for each animal that has not been altered and $10.00 per year for each neutered or spayed animal.
Licenses may be obtained from the following businesses:                          Burke

Animal Medical Hospital
(641) 423.6834

Pioneer Animal Hospital
(641) 424.0810

City of Mason City, Clerk's Office
10  1st St. NW, Mason City                                   
(641) 421.3600

Mason City Stray Animal Shelter
2750 Birch Drive, Mason City
(641) 424.3617

Humane Society of North Iowa
2750 Birch Drive, Mason City
(641) 423.6241     

   Animal Shelter
Reclaim Information:  An owner has 7 calendar days to reclaim their pet from the Mason City Stray Animal Shelter.


To reclaim a pet, you must be able to provide proof of ownership. The City of Mason City considers any one of the listed items as proof: Scanning of an implanted microchip, listed on the City license of the animal, records of multiple visits to a veterinarian, proof of adoption, receipt of purchase, or registration with a certified kennel club or breed. Photos of animals are not considered proof of ownership.

Reclaim Fees:                                              



First – micro chipped and reclaimed within 48 hrs

No Charge

First – No micro chip and reclaimed within 48 hrs

Cost of microchip $30.00

First – micro chipped and reclaimed after 48 hrs

$20.00 plus boarding fees

First – no micro chip and reclaimed after 48 hrs

$20.00 plus microchip and boarding fees

Second impoundment

$75.00 plus boarding fees

Third and subsequent

$150.00 plus boarding fees

Boarding fees per day (waived for first impoundment if animal reclaimed within 48 hrs)


Boarding fees per day for quarantined animals


Veterinary care and rabies vaccination, if required

Actual cost depending on service provided

Stray animals that are not claimed after 7 days are made available for adoption by the Humane Society of North Iowa.

Adopt a Pet: Our shelter is full. We have many sized dogs and cats, young and old, and all different colors.  They are all looking for a good home. New animals become available for adoption every day. We try to keep the pets updated below, but usually there are many more that just have not been put on this site. Sometimes we have Ferrets and rabbits and other odd pets.  For information on pets that need new homes, visit Petfinder or contact Stray Animal Shelter               
Help the Shelter: There are many ways private citizens can assist pets at the animal shelter without adopting them. Here are some ideas for folks that want to help but know their limits. You can walk a dog, help transport animals to the vet, take photos of pets available for adoption, help maintain web sites, or donate the following items; old towels, blankets, crate, kong toy, nylon bone, food dishes, stainless steel buckets, collar, leash, treats, gentle leader, cleaning supplies/equipment, office supplies.  If you just make a monetary donation it will help with the following; dog grooming, dog obedience classes, or the purchase of other animal care needs. 

Friends of Mason City Dog Park
The dog park is located at the intersection of Elm Drive and 13th Street NW across the street from Mason City’s Water Treatment Plant.  Click on  here to for dog park layout and rules.