Animal Control

What We Do


Animal Control Officers (ACOs) play a vital role for people and animals within our community. Their job involves public safety, enforcement of animal ordinances, animal care and rescue, and community education. ACOs operate as a branch of the Elmira Police Department. The main office is located at City Hall at 317 East Church Street, Elmira, New York, 14901, phone (607) 737-5807. ACOs also have an office located at the Elmira Animal Shelter at 842 Linden Place Extension, Elmira, New York, 14901, phone (607) 737-5767.

The offices located at the Elmira Animal Shelter at 842 Linden Place Extension is open to the public 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 10:00a.m - 12:00p.m Sunday and Monday. Animal Control Officers (ACOs) are currently staffed from 8:00a.m. – 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week. During the hours of 9:00 p.m.  – 8:00a.m., ACOs may be called in for emergencies.

ACOs are dispatched through the Chemung County Communications Center, which can be reached at (607)735-8600. In case of an emergency call 911..

Shelter Hours:

Monday           10:00AM – 12:00PM

Tuesday           10:00AM – 4:00PM

Wednesday      10:00AM – 4:00PM

Thursday         10:00AM – 4:00PM

Friday              10:00AM – 4:00PM

Saturday          10:00AM – 4:00PM

Sunday            10:00AM – 12:00PM

Also available by appointment.


Adoption Fees:

Spayed/Neutered Dog                          $20.00

Spayed/Neutered Cat                           $0.00

Non Spayed/Neutered Dog                  $25.00

Non Spayed/Neutered Cat                   $15.00

Spay/Neuter Deposit                            $35.00

(applicable on non spayed/neutred


Vaccinations                                        $7.00

(Parvo, Distemper, Deworm)

Kennel Cough Vaccination                  $4.00

Spayed/Neutered Dog License             $8.50

Non Spayed/Neutered Dog License     $18.50

Impound Fees:

1st offense un-neutered                       $65.00

2nd offense un-neutered                      $75.00

3rd offense un-neutered                      $85.00

1st offense neutered                            $20.00

2nd offense neutered                           $30.00

3rd offense neutered                            $40.00

Please click here to make a monetary donation using PayPal

Animal Donations

These are some of our most used items:

•Hand Sanitizer


•Kitten Food

•Cat Litter

•Household cleaning supplies

•Cans/Bottles (we return them!!)

•Laundry Soap & Fabric Softener

•Dish Soap

Other donation ideas:

•Leashes and Collars

•Dog/Cat treats

•Paper Towels

•Air Fresheners

•Dog/Cat Toys

•Gift Cards (Pet Stores, Wal-Mart, Target)

•Flea Treatments for all sizes


How to make a difference:

Volunteers Wanted!

The Elmira Animal Shelter needs your help!

The path to a no-kill shelter is not an easy one and it cannot be accomplished without the dedication of shelter volunteers to help care for our animals and find them happy homes. Do you have what it takes?

•Big Heart
•14 years of age or older
•Love of Animals
•Desire to Make a Difference
•Ability to Follow Directions

Apply now

Click here for an application

Complete and drop off in person to:
Elmira Animal Shelter
842 Linden Place Ext.
Elmira NY 14901
(607) 737-5767

We also accept persons who need to complete court-ordered community service. Not all individuals will qualify, only individuals with minor violations are considered. Applicants will need to be interviewed prior to starting. Start by filling out the volunteer application and when you drop it off at the animal shelter, specify that you need to complete community service.


Can I foster an animal?
No, unfortunately we are unable to allow animals to be fostered.

Can I bring my current pets up to meet a potential new family member?
Yes! We encourage you to bring your current pets in order to make sure everyone will get along. We have an outdoor pen devoted to introductions and would be more than happy to help!

 Will the animal be spayed/neutered prior to adoption?
Most of our animals get spayed/neutered prior to adoption, however sometimes we have a large number of animals and a low amount of space at spay/neuter clinics where we get our animals fixed, therefore there is a slight possibility that the animal you are interested in adopting may not be altered at time of adoption.

Does the animal shelter provide services to spay/neuter the animal after adoption?
No, once the animal has been adopted it is the responsibility of the new owner to provide all veterinary care.

Can I place a hold on an animal while I make a decision whether or not to adopt?
Sure, we are able to place a 24 hour hold on an animal in contemplation to adopt. After the 24 hour period that animal will go back up for adoption.

What if things do not work out with our new pet?
After adopting an animal you may bring them back within 30 days of adoption. There will be no refund. We would also love to try and assist with transitioning your new pet into your home and offering suggestions to make the change easier on both the owner and animal. Feel free to call any time with questions or concerns.

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