Animal Facilities Inspection

The Animal Facilities Inspection Program regulates companion animal facilities required to be licensed under the provisions of the Kansas Pet Animal Act.  The Act requires licensing and inspection of all dog and cat breeders who produce, offer or sell three or more litters during the state fiscal year, pounds and shelters, pet shops, research facilities, distributors, out-of-state distributors, boarding facilities, animal rescues and foster homes. Office staff maintains licenses, health papers and correspondence pertaining to the program. Field inspectors inspect licensed facilities and investigate complaints.

Pet Animal Act
Statutes and regulations for small animals can be found under Article 17 of the Kansas Department of Agriculture Statutes. For a detailed look at these statutes, click here.

Also be sure to see the USDA Regulations - Animal Care Blue Book.

Tips and Tricks for a Healthy Pet

Protect your pets this summer!

As the temperatures heat up, so can your pets. Protect them from the extreme heat of summer by allowing them plenty of access to shade and water, and never leave them in a vehicle unless the air conditioner is running.

Protect your pet from these common summer poisons:
For more information on pets and poisons visit the Pet Poison Help Line.

  • Blue-green algae
  • Organophosphates and carbamates
  • Certain mulches and grass seed
  • Herbicides/Pesticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Rodenticides
  • Improperly used flea and tick medications
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Slug and snail baits
  • Plants such as rhubarb, oleander, and kalanchoe, among others

Protect your pet from these common household poisons:

For more information on pets and poisons visit the Pet Poison Help Line.
Dogs
  • Chocolate
  • Mouse and rat poisons (rodenticides)
  • Vitamins and minerals (e.g., Vitamin D3, iron, etc.)
  • NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)
  • Cardiac medications (e.g., calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, etc.)
  • Cold and allergy medications (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, etc.)
  • Antidepressants (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
  • Xylitol
  • Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
  • Caffeine pills
Cats
  • Topical spot-on insecticides
  • Household cleaners
  • Antidepressants
  • Lilies
  • Insoluble oxalate plants (e.g., Dieffenbachia, Philodendron, etc.)
  • Human and veterinary NSAIDs
  • Cold and flu medication (e.g., Tylenol)
  • Glow sticks
  • ADD/ADHD medications/amphetamines
  •  Mouse and rat poisons (rodenticides)

Considering a new pet for your home?

Here are some tips to assist with you with your decision:

Can you afford a pet?
        Pets require regular care to ensure the health and well-being of both your
        family and your new forever friend.
Do you have the time for a pet?
        Pets require more than just the basic requirements of food and water.
Can you own a pet where you currently live?
Who will care for your pet when you are away?
Is this the right pet for you?
Size, grooming requirements and physical needs
What kind of care will my new pet require?
  • A thorough veterinary examination
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Vaccinations
  • Heartworm preventative
  • Flea and tick preventative
  • Proper diet
  • Exercise
  • Training (potty and manners)
  • Grooming
Your new pet’s needs may vary depending on breed, health status and life stage, so always check with your veterinarian for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does the Animal Facilities Inspection Program do?

  • How do I enter a complaint or report an unlicensed facility?

  • What is the Kansas Pet Animal Act?

  • Where can I find the Kansas Pet Animal Act?

  • What is the benefit of obtaining a pet from a licensed facility?

  • Where do I find the documents I need to obtain a license?

  • When does my license expire?

  • What does an inspection consist of?

  • Are the inspections unannounced?

  • Do I have to be present during my inspection?

  • What if I am not available when my inspector arrives for my inspection?

  • What happens if I fail my inspection?

  • What is a veterinary care form?

  • What is the Kansas Pet Animal Advisory Board?

  • Do all states have a pet animal facility inspection program like Kansas?

  • When does a dog or a cat need a health certificate?