Sitka Animal Shelter & Sitka Animal Control


The mission of the Sitka Animal Shelter and the Sitka Animal Control Division is to improve the quality of life in the City and Borough of Sitka by providing safety to the citizens and animals, preserving the health of the citizens, and care of the animals.

The Sitka Animal Shelter provides a comprehensive and compassionate service to the animals of Sitka, temporary care and safe shelter, placement and education for the dignity and well being of all animals, and to respect wildlife.

ACO Buckmaster Truck



Animal Control Services

The Sitka Animal Control Department is a division of the Sitka Police Department. Animal Control is responsible for upholding and enforcing regulations (ordinances) regarding the treatment and control of animals in the City and Borough of Sitka. Animal Control ordinances serve three purposes: 1) protection of people, 2) protection of property, and 3) protection of animals.

Animal Control means not only protecting people from the nuisance of roaming, uncontrolled animals, but also protecting pets and wild animals in their habitats.

Animal control solutions begin with people

There is one Animal Control Officer currently working through the Sitka Police Department. The ACO is also responsible for the Sitka Animal Shelter functions

Animal Control Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Animal rescue
  • Compliant investigation
  • Animal cruelty investigation
  • Animal Ambulance
  • Animal quarantine
  • Limited wildlife management


Critter Corner: a view by Officer Nancy Buckmaster

On Saturday of last week, a dog walker had a problem with some young women walking a dog that ended up being too big for them to handle.  As the woman walked by these young girls walking a large dog attached to a leash which had a smaller dog on the other end of the rope, the larger dog pulled away from them and attacked her dog.  The girls were just not strong enough to hold on to the big dog.

As your children try to help out with the walking of your dogs, remember to make sure they are strong enough to handle the dog should it be distracted or become aggressive. Thankfully no one was hurt this time, but you can imagine the fear they all experienced.



Contact Sitka's Animal Control Officer Buckmaster and Sitka Animal Shelter Director Buckmaster at


Sitka Animal Shelter: 747-3567

Sitka Animal Control: 747-3245


Police/Fire/Medical Emergency: 911
Dispatch (907) 747-3245     Police Administration: (907) 747-3349     Detectives (907) 747-3215 Crime Line (907) 747-8980