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Animal Services

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January 1, 2018: Better Animal Services coming to Kirkland

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For years, animal control, sheltering and licensing in Kirkland has been provided by Regional Animal Services of King County. These include animal control, sheltering and licensing.

police logoThe Kirkland Police Department will be taking over these services in 2018 to provide better, more responsive service.

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Services To Be Offered


Pet Licensing

Pet licensing will be managed by the City. Licenses help return lost pets to their owners.


Animal Sheltering

Local partnership for sheltered care given to lost or unwanted animals, including adoption options.


Animal Control Officer

Kirkland’s own Animal Control Officer. This officer will give dedicated support to return lost pets and to provide education and enforcement for domestic animal concerns and complaints. This new program will be provided as one of the first initiatives in the City's focus on community-based policing.

Why the change?

The City Council embarked on a detailed, multi-year evaluation of whether the City of Kirkland could provide a more responsive and cost-effective animal services program.

The analysis concluded that our residents and businesses would benefit from better service at a lower cost if Kirkland provided the program.

That and other findings were presented to the City Council at its two regular meetings in October 2016. The City Council voted to adopt the change at its November 1, 2016 Council Meeting.

Between now and then

Animal services for Kirkland residents will stay the same until January 1, 2018. For current information on pet licensing, animal control and sheltering, visit our Animal Services Information page.

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“Our residents will benefit when Kirkland provides these services.”

Penny Sweet

Police Department
11750 NE 118th St, Kirkland WA 98034

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