Pets & Animal Control

North Liberty welcomes cats and dogs of all breeds. We even welcome urban chickens. Learn about pet owner responsibilities and how to keep our community clean, and your pets safe.

Pet Owner Responsibilities

Owners are responsible for licensing and vaccinating their dog and cats, preventing their pets from roaming freely or causing a nuance. Owners are, of course, responsible for removing pet poop on public and private property, too. Our complete animal ordinance is available in Chapter 55 of the city’s code of ordinance.

Pet Licensing

North Liberty requires dogs and cats to be licensed annually. Fee information and license form are available on our Pet Licensing page.

Red Fern Dog Park Annual Passes

To use the Dog Park at 980 North Liberty Road, North Liberty, Iowa 52317, you must purchase an annual pass for each dog.  Fee information and pass application can be found at our Dog Park Pass page.

Urban Chickens

North Liberty allows for urban chickens to be kept on residential property after the completion of education and under certain conditions. Fee information and license form are available on our Permits page.

Lost Pets

If your pet is lost during normal business hours, please call City Hall at (319) 626-5700 and the Joint Communications Center at (319) 356-6800. They will need to know owner information, contact information and description of animal.

If after hours leave a message with City Hall or you may contact the Cedar Valley Humane Society. They can also be reached at (319) 362‐6288 or email at [email protected]. All domestic animals should be registered with the city. If a pet is located and has a city tag, every reasonable effort is made to return the animal back to the registered owner as soon as possible.

Stray Pets & Animals

If you find a stray pet during City Hall’s business hours call (319) 626-5700 to make arrangements. After hours, call Joint Communications Center at (319) 356-6800 and an officer will be dispatched. Stray pets are held in North Liberty before being taken to the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

Community Cats

North Liberty allows for free-roaming cats cared for by residents in their immediate area, or “community cats,” through a trap/neuter/return, or TNR, program. This policy stabilizes the community cat populations by stopping the breeding cycle and disruptive mating behaviors and saves public money by reducing shelter intake, shelter euthanasia and calls of concern to animal control.

Community cats in need of sterilization should be caught in a live humane trap, available through local retail stores, covered with a sheet and brought to a veterinarian. The Iowa Humane Alliance Regional Spay/Neuter Clinic is a low-cost option.

Wild Animal Control

City staff will respond if a wild animal is an immediate hazard to the public, such as a bite or other emergent need. Call the Joint Communications Center at (319) 356-6800 and an officer will be dispatched. All other wild animal requests, you should contact a private pest control company.

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