About Caddo Parish Animal Services & Mosquito Control


Caddo Parish Animal Services is an open-admission shelter meaning no homeless animal is turned away. Our goal is to reunite lost pets with their owners and when that is not possible, find a new home for them, provided that they are healthy and not aggressive.

Animal Services has a myriad of responsibilities to include the enforcement of Chapter 8 of the Code of Ordinances for Caddo Parish and Chapter 14 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Shreveport. The Department specifically serves the population of homeless animals in Caddo Parish.

The Caddo Parish Animal Services responsibility is to protect the citizens of Caddo Parish from dangerous, nuisance, and uncontrollable animals and ensure the protection and welfare of domestic animals.

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Call (318) 226-6624 to report a stray dog. Stray dogs can also be brought to the Caddo Parish Animal Shelter by good Samaritans during our operational hours of 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Due to the large volume of calls received, we cannot provide a response time as calls for service are listed by priority.

Dog traps are delivered and set when determined by an Animal Control Officer. Residents who see a trapped dog can call (318) 226-6624.

Stray dogs are to be held for four days (with no identification) in order to give owners a chance to claim their pets. After the four day hold period we may place the dog as available for adoption or send it to a rescue group. In cases where the animal is suffering euthanasia may be necessary.

In a case where the dog is not eligible for adoption and no rescue group can assist with placement at that time, it may be euthanized after the four day hold period. Animals may be euthanized because of ill health, temperament or lack of space.

When a pet is surrendered to the shelter by the owner, he/she gives up all rights to the surrendered pet. The pet may be adopted, sent to a rescue group or euthanized.

Pet Owners Information

We are urging the public to help protect themselves and to prevent the spread of rabies by taking the following steps:

  • Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all dogs, cats and ferrets. It's the law!
  • Do not allow your pets to run free. If a wild animal bites your pet, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately.
  • Call Animal Services to have stray dogs removed.
  • Feed your pets indoors.
  • Don't use your hands to break up a fight between animals.
  • Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or regularly vaccinated.
  • Avoid direct contact with unfamiliar animals.
  • Do not handle, or feed wild animals (raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes) or unintentionally attract them with open garbage cans or litter.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick animals to health.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches and schools, where they might come in contact with people and pets. If you find a bat in your home, contact the health department.
  • When traveling abroad, avoid direct contact with wild animals and be especially careful around dogs in developing countries.

    For additional information, please visit the CDC's website.

    Pet Tips

    What Can You Do?

    Much like the miners during the gold rush, dogs and cats are territorial animals. They "stake a claim" to a particular space, area or object.They let other people and animals know about their claim by marking it using a variety of methods at different levels of intensity. For example, a dog may bark to drive away what he perceives to be intruders in his territory. A cat may mark a valued object by rubbing her head against it. Urine marking is a more extreme form of the same behavior.

    Ways to stop your pet's urine marking behavior include:

    • Spay or neuter you pet as soon as possible. (If he has been urine-marking for along time, the pattern may already be established)
    • Resolve conflict between other animals in your home
    • Restrict you pet's access to doors and windows through which he can observe animals outside
    • Keep your cats indoors. (They will insure safety, a longer life, and less need to mark his territory)
    • Clean soiled areas thoroughly. (Don't use strong-smelling cleaners, this may cause your pet to "over mark"
    • Use a cleaner made specifically for pet stains - these generally contain agents that break down the enzymes that encourage your pet to mark the same place again.
    • Make previously soiled areas inaccessible or attractive.
    • Keep objects likely to cause marking out of reach
    • If you pet is marking in response to a new resident in your home (such as a roommate or spouse), have the new resident make friends with your pet by feeding, grooming, and playing with him. If you have a new baby, make sure good things happen to your pet around the baby.

    What Not to Do!

    Don't punish your pet after the fact. Punishment administered even a minute after the event is ineffective because your pet won't understand why he is being punished.

    Dominance or Anxiety?

    Urine-marking is usually associated with dominance behavior. Some pets, though, may mark when they feel anxious or upset. A new baby in the home brings new sounds, smells, and people, as well as changes in routine. Your pet is probably not getting as much attention as has he was used to getting. All of these changes cause him to feel anxious, which cause him to mark.



    Just like people, pets can become "a little too healthy". 🙂 All kidding aside, obese pets can have serious health problems - including arthritis, heart and respiratory problems, and shorter life spans. Your pet is overweight if you cannot feel his ribs or backbone when you lightly run your hands over him. Although it's no doubt hard to ignore the pleading eyes of your adoring pet, it's best to turn away and not give in to his pleas for more food.