Animal Control

The Animal Control Department supports the humane treatment of animals inside the Ruston city limits, through operation of the Ruston Animal Shelter, educational programs, and enforcement of City and State laws.

Ruston Animal Control officers investigate cruelty cases as well as complaints about barking dogs, aggressive animals, livestock running at-large, or other nuisance animals inside the city limits. Live humane traps are available at no cost for use by Ruston residents. Animal Control officers check these traps and tend to impounded animals on weekday mornings. Animal Control staff also removes dead animals from roads inside Ruston.

Call Ruston Animal Control at 318-251-8685, Monday-Friday afternoon, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for information about or to report any of the following:
  • Nuisance Animals
  • Dogs or Livestock running at-large
  • Dead Animals
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Animal Bites

The Ruston Animal Shelter, located at 1901 McDonald Avenue, is open on Monday through Friday afternoons from 12:00 p.m.until 5:00 p.m. People looking for a pet are encouraged to visit the Shelter and consider adopting from a shelter first. Shelter staff will be happy to provide selection assistance and pet care advice. You will need to agree to an adoption contract and pay a small adoption fee that includes a certificate for free sterilization of the adopted pet.

Please contact Animal Control if you’re looking for your lost pet. We may have picked up your pet. There is a small boarding fee for reclaimed pets.

Animal Control brochure

Emergency Phone Numbers:

Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Public Works
After Hours and Holidays - Ruston Police Department
Outside City of Ruston - Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office