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Animal Control

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:

  • Animal Medical Hospital
    (641) 423-6834HSNI Dog               
  • Pioneer Animal Hospital
    (641) 424-0810  
  • City of Mason City, Clerk's Office
    (641) 421-3600 at 10 1st Street NW Mason City, IA
  • Mason City Stray Animal Shelter 
    (641) 424-3617 at 2750 Birch Drive
  • Humane Society of North Iowa
    (641) 423-6241 at 2700 Birch Drive


Animal Shelter

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.

Contact Us:

Mason City Police Department
78 S. Georgia Ave
Mason City, IA 50401

Police Department Dispatchers at 641-421-3000 for all animal related calls.

Mason City Police Department Lobby Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Close on weekends and major holidays.

All animals impounded are taken to the Mason City Stray Animal Shelter.


Stray Animal Shelter
2750 Birch Drive
Mason City, Iowa 50401
Phone Number:(641)424-3617

Shelter Hours
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 10 a.m. - 5p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10a.m. - 4p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday, and Holidays. Messages should be left on the answering machine.

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