Animal Services

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Animal Services is first and foremost about the health and safety of the citizens in Hot Springs and Garland County.

Some of the services offered by Animal Services includes, but is not limited to, the use of live animal traps for nuisance animals such as skunks, raccoons, squirrels, and feral cats.

All city residents must have a city license. Bring your pets rabies verification. $10/yearly (unaltered) and $20/Lifetime (if fixed)

We also offer $20 microchipping for you pet. It only takes about 10 minutes and it helps ensure your animal will be returned to you if for any reason they are lost.

Animal Services picks up stray and nuisance animals off the streets of Hot Springs and Garland County.

We pick up deceased animals off the roadways and public right of ways.


We have two $5 rabies drives each year, one in the fall, and one in the spring. The rabies drive include $20 microchipping and $10 yearly city license (for unaltered animals) or $20 lifelong city license (for altered animals).

Animal Services has ½ price adoptions several times a year for various holidays and occasions.


John Seales Animal Services Center


The John Seales Animal Services Center was named after John Seales, who started an Animal Shelter, called John’s Dog Hotel while he was stationed in Vietnam in the 1960s. He then started his career with the City of Hot Springs Animal Services in 1977.  John was instrumental in getting legislation passed in Arkansas making animal fighting a felony.  He also was a co-founder of the Arkansas State Animal Control Association getting certifications for the state's animal control officers.  After moving to the current location of Animal Services in 1995, The shelter was named “The John Seales Animal Services Center.”

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Amos - male Great Pyrenees mix, no dogs or cats, great with kids, 1 year old
Reunited at Animal Shelter