Animal Control & Nuisance - Community Services Code Enforcement 

The community services division consists of the following sections:

Animal Control

Nuisance Enforcement

  • Weeds
  • Parking
  • Obstructed View
  • Nuisance Property

Animal Control

The Animal Shelter is home to the Green River Animal Control, this division consists of two full-time Animal Control Officers and two part-time Animal Control Officers, (aka ACOs).

ACOs patrol our City looking for lost or stray animals and respond to animal calls within the city limits.

ACOs handle calls such as;

If you have a problem with any animal, whether yours, your neighbor’s, or a wild animal that is not where it should be or is doing something you wish it weren’t, call Dispatch.

If we can’t help, we may know who can or how you may be able to fix it yourself.

Call us if;

  • You see a stray animal
  • You suspect there is an animal in danger or a victim of cruelty.
  • There is a dangerous or vicious animal (Please do not approach)
  • You or someone you know is bitten by an animal
  • You need to rent a live animal trap* - have a skunk hanging around!

Access a full list of Green River city animal ordinances.

The wrong way to trap a skunk - in a trap on your own

Do not use your own trap, we have special skunk traps, no one likes smelling like a skunk!

***We will only pick up skunks if they are in our designated traps

City Pet License

Pet Licensing

Licensing your pet is a requirement in Green River, per ordinance (6-31 License required).

Pet licenses can be obtained at the Green River Police Department, Animal Control Shelter or both Veterinary Clinics in Green River.

All cats, dogs, and ferrets, as early as four months old can be vaccinated for Rabies and must be licensed with the City of Green River.

To obtain a City license, the owner must provide a current Rabies Certificate at the time the license is issued. View Animal License Form

License Fees

  • Pets spayed/neutered - $20.00
  • Non-spayed/neutered - $40.00
  • Other (Ferret)             - $10.00

Licenses coincide with your Rabies vaccine and will expire when your Rabies vaccination expires and/or from two years past the date the Rabies vaccination was given.

Owners of any pets not eligible for licensing must obtain a permit from the City Administrator.

Animal Control Shelter

Animals Taken into the Animal Shelter

All animals impounded up by the Green River Police Department are taken to the Green River Animal Shelter. Once the animal is booked in, every attempt will be made to locate the owner.

Fees to reclaim a pet from the animal shelter are: 

  • $30 impound fee; plus
  • $5 per day board

Any animal*, not retrieved after 5 days will become the property of the Green River Animal Shelter and can be put up for adoption unless arrangements have been made.

*Exclusions: Animal bites, cruelty cases, and vicious animals.

Animal Adoption Event Flyer


At our shelter we have a very high adoption rate, we treat each animal that comes our way with great care and compassion. We make every attempt to place an animal in a good forever home.

We participate in many different adoption events throughout the year. The animals we still can’t place still have a chance, we have many organizations and rescues that have helped us place animals. 

Small Town Community Cats


Lucky’s Place

To adopt a pet come down to the animal shelter during shelter hours or attend one of our adoption events. To view animals currently up for adoption check out Petfinder or our Facebook Group.

Adoption Fees:

  • Kittens* (under 12 months) $40
  • Puppies* (under 12 months) $60Food Bank Drive 2018
  • Cats* (over 12 months) $30
  • Dogs* (over 12 months) $50
  • Other (Rabbits, Ferrets, Turtles, etc.) $10.00 - $50.00

*Pets are not spayed or neutered unless they come in that way. As of July 1st,2020, Green River Animal Control is proud to announce that we will now be giving all adoptable animals their first vaccine! 

Check out our GRPD programs page to see some of GRPD Animal Control’s sponsored programs. Check out our Facebook Group for current events.

  • Reduced price vaccine clinics
  • Reduced price spay and neuter clinics
  • Animal food/supply drives

Nuisance Enforcement

The nuisance enforcement officer patrols Stop Sign Blocked by Bush (Stop Sign Visibility Under Ordinance 17-2)our City looking for nuisance properties, parking violations and responds to calls in reference to violations of City ordinances in chapter 17, and chapter 24 to include:

  • Weeds (City ordinance 17-1) Weeds in excess of 12 inches must be trimmed.
  • Obstruction to view street signs (City ordinance 17-2) Bushes, trees, shrubs, hedges, gardens, fences, walls or structures cannot block or obstruct passage or views.
  • Nuisance Property-General (City ordinance 17-3) Property that interferes with the use and enjoyment of the property of another, or which is detrimental to health, safety or welfare of the inhabitants of the City.

Trailer Parking Violation

Parking Violations

  • Parking near curb or intersection
  • Obstruction of streets or sidewalks
  • Parking of motor vehicles and towed vehicles on streets and alleyways 

It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any towed vehicle to park the same on any street or alley within the city for a period of time of more than seventy-two (72) consecutive hours. The term "towed vehicle" shall mean any type of wheeled vehicle, regardless of the use for which it is designed, which is to be pulled by any motor vehicle.

  • Parking on city property, prohibited
  • No-parking zones
  • Fire Lanes
  • Fire hydrants
  • Reserved parking for the physically disabled

For a complete list of Parking violations visit (City ordinance Sections 24 to 19 -- 24 to 20).