Animal Care and Control

The Bethel Police Department is hard at work defending your safety by picking up abandoned, stray, or wild animals causing nuisance to the public.  


The Department is interested in returning animals to their owners and finding good homes for those who are abandoned. We work closely with Bethel Friends of Canines to ensure that every adoptable animal is given the best chance at finding a good home. 

If your animal has gone missing, please come to the Police Department to see if it is pictured on our impound log. We take pictures of every animal we impound. If your animal is not pictured
 leave a detailed description with our dispatcher and we will contact you if we find an animal matching your description. 

Interested in adopting an animal from the pound? Please contact the Department to set up an appointment with our Community Service Officers. 




The following items can be found on the City's Fee and Rate Schedule.  Animal Adoption (includes licensing) Animal Licensing (AVID Chip)Animal EuthanasiaQuarantine (10 days) 



It is important to ensure your animals are current on their vaccines. If you, or someone else is bitten by an animal report this to your medical provided and YKHC Office of Environmental Health  right away.

If your dog or cat shows signs of rabies (drooling, walking funny, acting mean) contact the Police department and or YKHC Office of Environmental Health right away. 

There are occasions when fox and other wildlife within our community have become infected with rabies. If you see wildlife acting suspicious stay away from them and contact the Police department and or YKHC Office of Environmental Health right away. 


If you observe an animal acting suspicious and feel it is necessary to take precautions such as shooting the animal do not shoot the animal in the head. Rabies is tested through brain samples and if the animal is shot in the head it may mean the tests may not be performed on the animal.