Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Facilities > Animal Shelter

The MSB ACR Shelter has many dogs and cats looking for loving, forever homes. Most of the time we have other animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, or horses. Come by the shelter to visit available animals, or you can browse the Petharbor database to see our animals available for adoption (please use zip 99645 to find our shelter).



We Have Two Entrances

  1. The LEFT door is for:
    • Bringing in a homeless animal for possible adoption
    • Speaking with an Animal Care Officer
  2. The RIGHT door is for:
    • Adopting an animal from the shelter
    • Filing a report for a lost pet
    • Volunteering or making a donation


Basic adoption $127 $145
If already spayed/neutered $69 $99

*Discounts may apply.  Inquire at the shelter for pricing regarding specific pets.

  • Appropriate vaccinations including rabies
  • Lifetime Licensing
  • Microchip
  • Spay/Neuter Surgery
  • Feline leukemia testing for kittens

See all Adoptable Animals in the Shelter

Lost and Found

In order to help reunite people with their lost pets, the shelter maintains a log of reported lost and found animals.

  • If you have found an animal at-large, please file a Found Animal Report.
  • If your animal is lost, please check to see if your pet has been brought to the shelter by browsing the PetHarbor database or by calling the Shelter at 746-5500.
  • If your pet is not at the shelter, please file a Lost Animal Report. Fax or mail the complete report to the shelter at 746-6683.


Regulation and Enforcement

Mat-Su Animal Care and Regulation operates under the Borough Code, Title 24. Four Animal Care Officers provide regulation and enforcement services to the entire Borough, with the exception of Palmer, Wasilla, and Houston city limits as discussed below. For a brief overview of a few of the more commonly discussed Regulations, please review our Brochure and Information Document.


Within The Cities

The Police Departments are the enforcement agency for animal-related issues within the city limits of Palmer and Wasilla. Within Houston city limits, animal-related issues are handled by the city . For complaints regarding animals within the city limits, please call:

  • 745-4811 for Palmer
  • 352-5401 for Wasilla
  • 892-6447 for Houston

If you're bringing in an animal you found within the city limits, please make a note of the location and bring the address and/or cross streets to the shelter.

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have some free time to share?

Join our Volunteer Program and help care for our Shelter animals. To become a volunteer you need to attend a 1 hour orientation and a 6 hour training session. They are both offered once a month.

Activities include:

Volunteer Coordinator

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  • walking dogs
  • socializing cats
  • grooming
  • kennel cleaning
  • laundry
  • folding linens
  • running the dishwasher
  • decorating
  • tidying
  • spay day assistance