Animal Control

Dog licenses are due February 14, 2024 please see below 


Pottawattamie County Animal Control Services
600 South 4th Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Driving Directions

Contact Information

(712) 366-1143

Pottawattamie County Animal Control is devoted to encouraging and educating animal owners and the public on animal care, including vaccinations, disease prevention, and shelter needs. We strive to improve our return rate of lost dogs back to their families.

Obtain Your Dog License

Online Licenses

Save paperwork and time by submitting your dog license online via the Citizen Serve online portal.

Online Licensing 

Download and Mail

For your convenience, you may also download a copy of the County Dog License Application and mail it along with:

  • Copy of your dog(s) current rabies vaccination certificate(s)
  • Proof of spay/neuter, if applicable
  • Check or money order for the amount due, payable to Pottawattamie County Treasurer
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope


Certified Animal Control Officers work with the community to identify animals in distress, at risk, or who are a disturbance. It is the goal of the animal control division to return animals to their owners in all appropriate cases or to move animals to a safe shelter environment.

Pottawattamie County Animal Control upholds the County regulations for licensing animals, investigates complaints, and works to ensure the safety of the public – and your pets – from communicable diseases and dangerous strays.

We investigate:

  • Stray animals
  • Bite incidents
  • Rabies symptoms
  • Neglect or Abuse

County Code

Animal control is outlined in Pottawattamie County Code Chapter 3.50.

Contact Us

Pottawattamie County Animal Control can be reached at (712) 366-1143 or (712) 242-1155.

To contact the Midlands Humane Society, call (712) 396-2270 or visit their website.

Map & Directions

Health: that optimal state of physical, mental, and environmental well-being that is a right and responsibility of all residents of Pottawattamie County.