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Animal Welfare and Safety

Safety First

Information for pets and wild animals

Keeping animals safe in our community is a big job - and it requires a big team! The following agencies provide support for animal welfare concerns in our community. Please review the list below to help direct you to the appropriate agency.

 Animal Safety Resources

  • Animal Control - Reporting Cruelty and Neglect

    Reports for animal welfare concerns including: negligence, abuse, noise violations and "loose" animals should be reported by contacting one of the following (please contact the agency responsible for appropriate jurisdiction)

    City of Vancouver and unincorporated Clark County:

    Clark County Animal Protection & Control - Provides animal control services for the unincorporated areas of Clark County as well as the City of Vancouver. 
    Concerns/Reports - 564.397.2488
    Licensing - 564.394.2489

    Animal complaints and concerns for other Clark County cities:

    Camas/Washougal Animal Control - 360.835.9701
    Battle Ground Animal Control - 360.342.5100
    Yacolt Town Hall - 360.686.3922
    Ridgefield Police Department - 360.687.3556
    La Center Police Department - 360.263.2745

  • Emergency Veterinarian Services

    If your pet is experiencing an urgent or emergency medical issue, please contact your family vet or visit your nearest emergency veterinary center. Click below for list of local animal hospitals offering emergency care services.

    Emergency Clinics

  • Wild Animals

    If you have captured wild animal do not bring the animal to HSSW. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife handles all questions and concerns pertaining to non-domesticated wild animals. The Department also maintains a list of licensed trappers in Clark County for nuisance wildlife.

    Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife - 360.696.6211
    Licensed Trappers in Clark County

    Animal Help Now is another resource which directs users to the closest and most appropriate resource to respond to wild animal concerns.

    For urgent or emergency reports of wild animals, contact your local animal control officers.

  • Live Traps

    HSSW is unable to provide live traps. For pricing and rental of live traps, please contact: 

    Orchards Feed Store - 360.892.3001
    Park Rose Hardware - 360.693.7881 (East Vancouver) or 360.433.0855 (Vancouver Heights)

  • Poison Control

    The ASPCA Poison Control website - or 888.426.4435 - is a resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Contact them if you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance.

  • Horses

    Programs of the Executive Horse Council - or 503.780.4402 - include Ripley’s Horse Aid and Adopt-a-Horse program. The voucher program provides temporary financial assistance to horse owners. Visit their website or contact them for a list of included services. 

    Lost and found horses, call Brand Inspector and Animal Protection and Control: Ron Balkowitsch - 360.600.3166 or rbalkowi[email protected]

  • Bees

    Clark County Beekeepers Association provides information and education primarily to hobby beekeepers and to the general public. It serves as a resource for those interested in developing and maintaining honey bee colonies and responds to reports of honey bee swarms and requests for swarm removal. 

    General Info - [email protected]
    Swarm report/removal - 360.518.0787 or 360.573.8330 or 360.573.0985

  • Rabies Concerns

    The Clark County Health Department - or 360.397.8182 - assesses risk of rabies exposure. While all animal-to-human bites need to be reported directly to the jurisdictional animal control agency, contact the Health Department for animal testing and treatment recommendations from contact with bats or other possible carriers.

  • Deceased Animals

    The road department is responsible for removal of deceased animals other than cats or dogs in Clark County. Animal Control will pick up deceased cats and dogs in Clark County and all other deceased animals within the city of Vancouver.

    Dogs and cats (or all animals in Vancouver)
    Clark County Animal Protection & Control - 360.397.2488

    Reports other than dogs/cats
    Clark County Department of Public Works - 360.397.2446

COVID-19 and Pets

Our team is monitoring daily updates from health professionals to best understand how pets may be impacted by COVID-19. 

  • People-to-Pet Transmission

    We’ve been keeping a close eye on the rapidly changing developments, and we continue to follow the experts’ recommendations and guidelines when caring for shelter animals.

    Because it seems likely that humans infected with COVID-19 can potentially transmit the virus to their pets, the CDC and others have issued a recommendation that if you become ill, you should limit close contact with your pets. 

    Check out this helpful guide for more information and review the updates below. 

    Get the facts

    Links to current recommendations about pets and COVID-19:

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    American Veterinary Medical Association

    Social distancing with your animals is as important as with people. That goes for distancing from humans and other animals. If someone in your home becomes will with the virus, separate your animals from the person who is ill.

    If you have questions or think your pet might be ill, contact your veterinarian by mail or phone. It’s important that you not show up without a conversation and a plan.

  • Your Pet Plan

    Your Pet Plan

    The most important thing you can do at this time is to make a plan. Your pet plan should include information to help someone care for your pet, as well as a kit with the essentials your pet will need.

    Temporary caregiver

    In the event you are hospitalized or need to be separated from your pet, have two people identified that can watch your pet temporarily.

    Prepare a pet supply kit

    • Name/contact information for the person who will care for your pets
    • Name/contact information of the backup person
    • Food, treats, leash, toys and other supplies for at least two weeks
    • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
    • Health records
    • Collar with ID tags – make sure your microchip information is up to date.
    • Medications and prescriptions with instructions.
    • Daily care instructions
    • Veterinarian’s contact information



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