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Kirkland Animal OfficerCity of Kirkland’s Animal Control Officer – Jennifer Matison

Officer Jennifer Matison was hired as the City of Kirkland’s Animal Control Officer in September 2017. As Animal Control Officer, Jennifer helps return lost pets, and provides enforcement and education for domestic animal concerns for the Kirkland community.  

Officer Matison was born in Spokane and raised in Puyallup, Washington. Her diverse work history and education make her a perfect fit for the Animal Control Officer position. She has worked in the veterinary field as a surgical assistant, has experience as a corrections officer and holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She is deeply passionate about animal welfare and has a keen knack for making fast friends with Kirkland’s population of furry four-legged critters and their humans.

Jennifer loves animals and is excited that her position as the City's Animal Control Officer allows her to combine her passion and work experience in veterinary medicine with her Criminal Justice degree and law enforcement experience. 

The City’s Animal Services Program is part of the Kirkland Police Department and is dedicated to serving Kirkland residents and their four-legged family members. One of the cornerstone benefits of the program is its ability to reunify lost pets with their owners through their pet licenses, which are required by law in Kirkland. The fees from your pet license sustain the Animal Services Program, allowing the City to provide animal control services, animal sheltering and care for strays.

Most importantly, pet licenses provide identification information, allowing us to swiftly reunify lost family pets once they are found.

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Watch our Currently Kirkland episode for more information on the Animal Services Program and to meet Animal Control Officer Jennifer Matison.

To reach Jennifer:
Phone: 855-449-7387 (PETS)
To report a lost or found pet in Kirkland, please call 425-577-5656 (non-emergency police dispatch center).

Police Department
11750 NE 118th St, Kirkland WA 98034

General Inquiries
For police, fire, and emergency medical services, call 9-1-1
Non-emergency incident: 425-577-5656