Animal Shelter

We serve the entire Hancock County area, including the cities of Bay St. Louis, Diamondhead, and Waveland. 

  • Animal Control Services
  • Strays
  • Owner Surrenders (by appointment only)
  • Low-cost spay and neuter program
  • Micro-chipping and offsite adoptions are available throughout the year
  • Stranded Marine Mammals & Sea Turtles (please see our Resource Directory page)

View all of Hancock County's organizations and businesses for animal services on our Resource Directory page.


Hancock County Animal Shelter's Mission is to promote responsible pet ownership, protect the health and safety of our residents, as well as the protection and humane treatment of all animals. It is also our mission to provide temporary shelter for stray, unwanted, or homeless animals, while vigorously attempting to relocate healthy ones. Our program includes health screening, vaccinations, and the mandatory spay or neutering of all adopted animals. All activities are in compliance with state, federal, and local laws and regulations and are performed by humane and professional staff, while done under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

Disaster Events

During a disaster event, the Hancock County Animal Shelter will open an evacuation shelter for pets. To use the evacuation shelter, you must provide the following information:

  • Copy of your I.D.
  • Copy of current rabies certificate
  • MUST provide food, water, food/water bowls, kennel, collar/harmless, leash for each animal

For more information about how you can take steps to prepare for a natural disaster, please visit the ASPCA website to read our resource on disaster planning for pets.

Ways You Can Help

Are you unable to adopt but would like to help abandoned and lost pets? Please consider purchasing something from our Amazon Wish List.

Click the button above to view our Wish List. We would love to have everything on our Wish List, but we are also always in need of towels, blankets, pet food, bowls, leashes, and collars. If you have any of these items you would like to donate, please drop them by the shelter.

By adopting you are saving an innocent life and giving them the love and affection they deserve. The best place to find the most incredible addition to your family is at Hancock County Animal Shelter.

We have plenty of animals of all breeds, sizes, and colors. These babies deserve a second chance at life. They are so grateful for having a second chance and will give your family the most love you have ever received!

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Adoptable Pets