What We Do

What we do as Animal Control

The animal control officer works to protect stray, injured, abused, and unwanted animals. They include opportunities to rescue animals and prosecute individuals who abuse them, provide impounded animals with humane care at the shelter until they are reunited with their owner, or adopted; educate the public about the realities of pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership; or grant a humane and dignified death to surplus, unwanted, or diseased animals. Their job of protecting animals and the community involve education making presentations to groups of school children, or working with law enforcement to protect people and pets in a family. Animal control officers are not only concerned with an animal’s well-being but with the safety of the community. Animal control officers must effectively communicate with animals and people to resolve problems. They may inspect animal-related complaints to be sure that animals are receiving adequate care, rescue trapped or injured animals, investigate animal bites and cruelty complaints, issue citations and file for prosecution of people who violate laws concerning animals.

To accomplish all this, animal control officers require knowledge of anti-cruelty and control laws, proper animal care standards, common animal diseases and treatments, and basic rules of criminal procedure.


We have lots of regularly scheduled events here at Daphne Animal Shelter. Please call for confirmation.


We usually do an off-site adoption at Petsmart at the Eastern Shore Centre, in Spanish Fort, AL the 3rd Saturday of each month. The last Saturday of every month except in November & December we host “Yappy Hour” at the Daphne Animal Shelter from 8a.m 12noon.  Yappy Hour is an opportunity for families to visit the shelter on Saturday and see what pets are available for adoption. During “Yappy Hour” light refreshments are served and Maddie’s Tail Wag coloring books are free to the public. The shelter staff also provides a variety of brochures and handouts on pet care and behavior tips.  Please call the shelter to find out about current events as dates are subject to change without notice.

Other events

(The public is always welcome to join us at city-sponsored events) to learn about the shelter, who we are, what we do, & the importance of the animal laws in our community. See our calendar of events and meet us at the next pet adoption.


We also partner with other agencies in rotating special events with the “Maddie’s Coalition Partner Events”, “Speed Dating For Dogs” Tag Day”, “Microchip & Rabies clinics”, “Adopt-A-Thon.” We have other animal awareness campaigns, such as, “Adopt a Shelter Cat Month”, “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month”, just to name a few! We are working on more projects & events!!! If you are interested in helping with any of these events, please call us to learn how to volunteer your time and talents!

  • We require spay/neuter of all cats, and dogs that we adopt to new homes every year. We recommend spay/neuter of animals as early as 8 weeks of age.
  • We recommend that residents contact BARC @ 928.4585 regarding spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs belonging to people in underserved areas in the Daphne city limits. BARC operates in partnership with Medicaid low cost spay & neuter vouchers.
  • We provide humane education programs in schools, stressing the importance of spaying/neutering family pets.
  • Working with community partners, we help create comprehensive solutions to the problem of pet overpopulation.
  • We collaborate with local, state and national organizations, animal care and welfare organizations working together to save the lives of all healthy or treatable dogs and cats that enter the shelter and to keep them in good homes for life.
  • We’re proud of what we have accomplished so far, but more needs to be done.