Animal Control

The City of Arab enacted an Ordinance in January 2017 that details the restraint and containment requirements of dogs, provides basic standards of care for dogs that are kept habitually outside, and prohibits direct point tethering and chaining of dogs. 

Click here for a diagram of tethering requirements.

The Arab Animal Shelter is located just off Highway 69 West on Heroes Lane, which runs between the water tower and the National Guard Armory. Animals are usually visible from outside the shelter during the day. 

If you would like to meet & interact with the animals, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

For information about adopting, or to learn more about having your pet spayed or neutered, please call (256) 931-7270 and leave a message. The Animal Control Officer will return your call.

To report a problem with a stray animal, or to report abuse or neglect, you may submit an Animal Report Form here, or call (256) 931-7270 and leave a message. 

If it is an emergency, please call the Arab Police Department at (256) 586-7525.

Helpful Resources:

For discounted rates to spay or neuter your pet: Low Cost Certificates for Everyone (with participating vets in Marshall County)

Nathan Griggs
Animal Control Officer
Arab Animal Shelter
230 Heroes Lane
Arab, Alabama 35016
(256) 931-7270


When you call, please leave a detailed message, as they are checked regularly throughout the day, & someone will contact you. The call may appear as a “Private” or “Restricted” number, so be sure your phone is set to accept those types of calls.

Stay Connected for up-to-date photos and information regarding dogs at our shelter.

Arab City Hall

740 North Main Street
Arab, Alabama 35016

Monday - Friday

F: 256.586.9711

Mission Statement

The City of Arab has a mission to foster and sustain a living environment that cultivates progressive awareness and the acceptance of diverse cultural differences, while maintaining a wholesome family atmosphere.

The mission also includes an improved quality of life through economic growth and development, continuously seeking ways to increase revenues, and the ongoing expansion of local Infrastructure.