Animal & Community Services


The Animal & Community Services Division is responsible for picking up stray dogs and cats, investigating animal bites, abandonment, animal cruelty cases and other complaints. Animal & Community Service Officers are authorized to write notices or citations for any violation of City Codes as they relate to animals.

Our goal is to keep all owned animals confined to their property and to ensure animals are vaccinated and licensed. Our objectives are:
  • To minimize the risk of rabies outbreaks and threats to the public's health and safety by vaccinating the majority of dogs and cats against the disease
  • To reduce the number of dogs and cats euthanized at the Humane Societies
  • To provide a pro-active response to dangerous dogs to reduce the number of animal bites
  • To provide the public with a timely response to complaints and adequate follow-up to ensure complaint resoltuion
  • To promote responsible pet ownership
  • To have all domestic animals spayed and neutered per ordinance (Chapter 5, Article III, Sec 5-84)
Animal Service Officers must complete a 40-hour certification course within a year of being hired as an Animal Service Officer and a minimum of 4 hours of refresher training per year in order to maintain their certification.

Community Service Officers handle solicitor permits, perform fingerprinting services for the public needs, assist motor units with traffic issues, and maintain the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) program, which has proven to be of great benefit to community areas where feral cat populations once existed.


Removal or relocating of nuisance wildlife such as snake, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, alligator, coyote, and others, located on private property, are the responsibility of the property owner (see list of private trappers*). Alligators are considered a nuisance when they are more than four feet in length, and are determined to be a threat to the welfare of the public, or the public's pets, livestock or property. If you need to report a nuisance alligator, call toll-free, 1-866-FWC-GATOR (1-866-392-4286).

*List of trappers is courtesy of Fresh Water Fish & Game Commission and provided as a public service. Trappers on the list are not recommended, regulated, or endorsed. Most trappers charge a fee for their services. Comparison shopping is recommended.

Requirements of Pet Ownership

All domestic animals, dogs and cats living in Ormond Beach must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian and have a current City of Ormond Beach license tag. The tag proves the animal has its current vaccinations and enables Animal Services to return the animal to its rightful owner.

Ormond Beach has a leash law in place. This means that animals must be on a leash or humanely secured when outside the home. No person shall harbor a cat or dog six (6) months of age or older within the City of Ormond Beach that has not been spayed or neutered, unless such person holds an unaltered animal permit.

Tips To Avoid Dog Bites
Tips for Responsible Pet Care
Tips for Flea and Tick Prevention

If residents have lost a pet, they can contact Animal Services at (386) 676-3262 and then contact the Halifax Humane Society, 2364 LPGA Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL, at (386) 274-4703.

Animal Services is accepting donations of wet and dry cat food for the TNR (Trap, Neuter, and Release) Program. Contact Animal Services for more information.