Animal Control

To report an incident or file a complaint involving a domestic animal, call 911.

Kitsap Animal Control Officers are sworn in via superior court and deputized to carry a limited commission for their enforcement. Kitsap Animal Control Officers enforce both state law and local jurisdictional laws pertaining to domestic animals. On any given day, Kitsap Animal Control Officers will cover from the City of Bainbridge Island to the City of Gig Harbor. If you have an Animal Control issue or need to speak with an officer, dial 911. Animal Control is dispatched and contacted through Cencom 911.

Kitsap Humane Society’s Animal Control Officers provide contracted services to the following municipalities:

  • Unincorporated Kitsap County
  • Bainbridge Island
  • Bremerton
  • Gig Harbor
  • Kitsap Naval Bases
  • Jackson Park
  • Port Orchard
  • Poulsbo

Animal Control Services include:

  • Code enforcement for animal issues including animals running at large, unlawful feeding, and dangerous animals
  • 24/7 emergency call response
  • Animal cruelty investigations
  • Assistance to fire, medical, and police
  • Removal of loose livestock from roads
  • Small to large disaster planning/response
  • Animal noise complaints. Barking and animal noise complaints are handled differently by each municipality within Kitsap County. You will need to fully complete a Barking Ledger for your address’ jurisdiction. Barking Ledgers for the cities of Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard,  Poulsbo, and areas in Unincorporated Kitsap County are submitted directly to Animal Control.
Kitsap Animal Control does NOT handle the following:
  • Reports for injured or orphaned wildlife. All wildlife inquiries are handled by West Sound Wildlife Shelter, (206) 855-9057.
  • Removal of dead wildlife from roadways-
    • Kitsap County roads: KC Sheriff’s Department (360) 337-7101
    • State roads and highways: WA State Patrol, (360) 473-0300
    • Bainbridge Island: BI Police Department, (206) 842-5211



Kitsap Humane Society’s Animal Control only investigates domesticated/companion animal issues*.

All inquiries regarding injured wildlife or wildlife issues in Kitsap County are handled by the West Sound Wildlife Shelter:

(206) 855-9057 (Wildlife Hospital & Hotline)

7501 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

* Kitsap Animal Control does investigate cases regarding the keeping and or possession of wildlife in Kitsap County. Substantiated cases are then forwarded to the proper authorities for further enforcement or prosecution. If you think you know who may be keeping wildlife without proper authority, contact the Washington State Wildlife Enforcement Department.

Take a sneak peek into the lifesaving work being done by our Animal Control Officers!