There are over 25 invaluable volunteers at the Sitka Animal Shelter.  These volunteers contribute many hours to the shelter by cleaning kennels, walking the animals, and feeding and watering them.  A TLC (Tender, Loving Care) program is available for 8-15 year old children.  These kids play and help socialize the animals. More information on becoming a volunteer can be found here.

While the Shelter is dependent on this group of caring and committed volunteers to sustain its operations, the City of Sitka does employ one person full time. Ken Buxton serves as the Animal Shelter Director as well as the Animal Control Officer (ACO) for the Sitka Police Department.


Ken Buxton

ACO Ken Buxton enforces all City and State animal control ordinances and statutes.  Ken is also the Certified Euthanasia Technician at the Shelter.

Each year, many animals are impounded, of which half are subsequently adopted.  Although there are 50-75 animals euthanized annually, this number is decreasing with education on the benefits of spay/neuter. 

The ACO is active in the community, teaching preschool through elementary students how to be responsible pet owners, how to avoid dog bites and the importance of respecting all living things.  When available, animals from the shelter are taken each month to visit with residents living at Sitka Community Hospital long-term care facility.  These animals are used as therapy and are very popular with the residents and staff.  A first aid class is also offered to dog owners since many dogs are taken hunting, fishing and camping.



Sitka Animal Shelter: (907) 747-3567

Sitka Animal Control: (907) 747-3245