Madison County Animal Control

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Address: 3210 South Hi-Lo Circle, Huntsville, AL 35811
Hours: 7:30 am-3:30 pm, Monday-Friday
Phone: (256) 532-1519 or (256)532-1651
Fax: (256) 532-1571

Mike Fritz, Director


The county-wide mandatory licensing program provides primary regulation of pet animals by requiring annual vaccination and registration of dogs and cats three months of age or older, and by requiring that pet animals be tagged. 

The charge is $6 for unaltered dogs and cats and $3 if altered.

Licensing Your Pet

**FOR NEW LICENSES: Please complete an application and mail it to our office along with the supporting documents and appropriate fee.


Renewing a Current License

**RENEW IN PERSON or BY MAIL: 3210 s. Hi-Lo Circle, Huntsville, AL 35811

An updated vaccination certificate is required for all animals.  If renewing online, it can be uploaded using our online payment system.  Otherwise, it should be brought to our office or mailed with payment.  If you no longer own the animal or the animal is deceased, please contact the office to update your account.  If remitting payment by mail, please include a $1.00 processing fee in addition to the total amount due.

If you suspect that your pet has been picked up and taken to the animal shelter, please call 256-532-1519 to inquire.  Madison County Animal Control does not operate an animal shelter. 

All animals impounded in Madison County and the city limits of Huntsville are transported to the Huntsville Animal Services location at 4950 Triana Blvd.  We also encourage you to go to the shelter and search for your pet.  If a citizen has taken your pet to the shelter, MCAC would not have a record of your pet being brought to the shelter.  Please visit the Madison County Animal Control Facebook for information voluntarily posted by citizens regarding lost and found pets.

The Animal Control Department Field Enforcement Program removes stray, abandoned, and feral domestic animals from the community. It also regulates pet animals in order to minimize personal injury, property damage, livestock destruction, and various public nuisances associated with free ranging, unregulated animals.

Departmental Services Include:

• Impoundment and shelter of stray, abandoned, and nuisance animals
• Humane trapping of nuisance domestic animals
• Emergency transport of injured animals
• Identification and return of lost pets
• Animal cruelty/neglect investigation
• Enforcement of state and local animal control laws
• Investigation of animal bites
• Humane education
• Community resources pertaining to animal behavior, care, welfare, and regulation.


This department serves rural Madison County outside the city limits of Huntsville and Madison.

Local Legislation and Code of Alabama as it relates to Animal Control in Madison County

Madison County Commission 1987 Resolution requires dogs be confined to premises.

Madison County Commission Dangerous Dog Resolution Effective May 1, 2013

Please visit the Madison County Animal Control Facebook page for information posted by citizens regarding lost and found pets.


Additional Local Information

City of Huntsville Animal Services Department
Phone: 256-883-3788
The City of Huntsville has a lost animal map that shows from what areas animals are picked up within the last 72 hours from all of Madison County.

Animal Complaints within the City of Huntsville
Phone: 256-883-3788

Huntsville Animal Shelter
Phone: 256-883-3782
Address: 4950 Triana Blvd., Huntsville, AL 35805
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday-9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday-9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Madison City Animal Control
Phone: 256-772-5694
Address: 100 Hughes Road, Madison, AL 35758

Greater Huntsville Humane Society
Phone: 256-881-8081
Address: 2812 Johnson Rd. SW, Huntsville, AL 35805

The Ark Inc.
Phone: 256-851-4088
Shelter Address: 139 Bo Cole Rd NW, Huntsville, AL 35806
Sunday & Monday-closed



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