Animal Shelter

The T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter provides service to the city of Manhattan, Kansas.

The shelter does not provide service to the city of Riley, Junction City, Leonardville, Fort Riley, or Ogden. There is an $80 surrender fee per animal from these areas. 

Please call our office to schedule an appointment to surrender animals.

The shelter is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The shelter is closed on Wednesdays, Sundays and holidays. The staff cleans, evaluates, vaccinates, and handles medical needs of the animals from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM daily.

Animal control officers respond to calls from 7:30 AM until 6:00 PM Monday through Friday, and they are on call for emergencies on evenings and weekends. They also assist in the shelter as needed.

Apply for Adoption

To jump-start your adoption process, fill out an application online. Once complete, stop by to visit with our adoptable animals and we will already have your information on file!

Dog adoption application

Cat adoption application

If you’re interested in keeping up with the shelter, subscribe to our newsletter!

Covid-19 Mask Policy

Effective Monday, January 3, 2022, visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks inside all City-operated facilities including the Animal Shelter. Any visitors entering secure, staff-only areas are required to wear a mask, or an alternative engagement provision may be developed. To protect the workforce and maintain programs and services, City employees are still required to wear masks when inside all areas of indoor City-operated facilities.

Signs will be posted at the entry of each facility. If you need a mask during your visit, please ask our staff and they will be happy to provide one to you!

Everyone is encouraged to keep practicing healthy behaviors, including handwashing and social distancing. Hand sanitizer stations are still available throughout the city facilities. Please stay home if you are sick.

Mission Statement

We give sanctuary to animals, encourage adoptions, and promote responsible pet ownership. We serve the citizens and animals of our community by upholding the laws enacted for their protection.

Wish List of Items

See our wish list of items for dogs, cats, and general supplies that are always needed for our animals.

Now Accepting Monetary Donations

T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter now accepts monetary donations! Click here to support T. Russell Reitz's mission to provide animal services to the community and its animals. 

Pets Available For Adoption