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.

For a detailed look at the statutes and regulations for small animals, see the Pet Animal Act, Article 17 of the Kansas Department of Agriculture Statutes.

Also be sure to see the USDA regulations, aka the Animal Care Blue Book.

Tips and Tricks for a Healthy Pet

Protect your pets this spring!

With nicer weather, comes more time outdoors. Be sure to have your pet properly identified in case he/she is lost.

Grooming your pet and safeguarding them from all of the pests and parasites that come along with warmer weather is vital to ensuring your pet’s health and well-being. Visit your veterinarian for more information.

Protect your pet from these common spring poisons:
  • Many types of fertilizers
  • Plants such as lilies, tulips, daffodils and crocus, among others
Protect your pet from these common household poisons:
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?