Our Mission

The T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter/Control protects public health, welfare, and property through enforcement of city and county ordinances and sheltering of unwanted companion animals, providing public education on the care of companion animals, and promoting humane treatment and responsible pet ownership.

Our Goals:
  • To provide professional animal services to the community and its animals. We strive to promote the proper care and control of animals within our community and to instill in the public mind a proper regard for the welfare of all animals.
  • To maintain a modern, professional, well equipped animal shelter.
  • To guarantee that every animal entering the animal shelter will be reunited with its rightful owner, adopted to a new home, or be humanely euthanized.
  • To investigate all reported instances of cruelty and neglect of animals, and when necessary, to prosecute violators.
  • To provide prompt, efficient handling of all requests for services.
  • To work with the city, county, and state authorities in the enforcement of laws pertaining to the control and protection of animals.
  • To cooperate with civic and kindred organizations concerned with the attainment of common goals of animal sheltering / control and welfare.
  • The T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter is funded by local tax dollars. We also are privileged to receive such donations from the public as:
    • Money to purchase items for the animals' physical comfort and mental health
    • Bedding
    • Food and treats
    • Toys
    • Equipment to assist in public awareness and staff training
  • The animal shelter handles animals from Manhattan and Riley County. The City of Ogden, City of Riley, City of Leonardville, and Pottawatomie County have contracts to use the facility.
  • The shelter provides housing for strays, surrendered animals, and animal court cases.
  • Stray, healthy animals are held five days to be reclaimed by their owners. After five days, if the animal has a stable disposition and is in good health it is made available for adoption.
  • Animals surrendered by their owners have a minimum of 24 hours to be evaluated for health and disposition prior to being available for adoption.
  • Animals can stay in the shelter as long as they are healthy and mentally stable.
  • The shelter is open to the public six days a week (Thursday through Tuesday) from 1 pm to 5:30 pm and is open on Wednesdays for reclaims and surrenders only from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. The shelter will be closed on holidays. The staff cleans, evaluates, vaccinates, and deworms the animals from 8 am to 12:30 pm daily.
  • Animal control officers respond to calls from 8 am until 10 pm daily. They also assist in the shelter as needed.
Many people view a shelter as the last resort for placing an animal. This thinking is wrong. Terrible fates befall animals given away for free or abandoned on the streets and roads. We strive to educate the public about the true future of a free or abandoned animal.