The Matanuska-Susitna-Borough Animal Shelter has many dogs and cats looking for loving, forever homes. Most of the time we have other animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, or horses. Come by the shelter to visit any available animal. You may also visit our adoptable animals page to see what we have available. This information is updated every 2 hours.


Please note that if you are using a mobile device, downloading the free Petharbor app will be the best way to view available or stray animals. You can also go to their webpage at:  http://petharbor.com.


We frequently showcase animals on our Facebook page, as well as make announcements regarding current events. Please visit us and like our page to stay in touch with Mat-Su Animal Shelter happenings.


We are  committed to the enrichment of pets and pet owners who have made their homes here in the Mat-Su Borough. We stand by our commitment for the betterment of Alaskan pets, Alaskan families, and the Alaskan  environment.

  • Adoptions:  www.petharbor.com

  • Shelter for Animals in Need

  • Lost & Found Searches:  www.petharbor.com

  • Volunteer Programs

  • Community and Classroom Education

  • Animal Care Education

  • Donations and Assistance with Animal Food

  • Enforcement of MSB Title 24 Regulations

  • Investigations

  • Multiple & Individual Licensing of Pets

  • Micro-Chipping

  • Euthanasia and Cremation

  • Veterinary Care for Shelter Animals

  • Pet Disaster Preparedness Outreach

  • Special Events

  • Low Income Spay and Neuter Clinics



The shelter sometimes has animals that have triggered multiple phone calls from the public prior to becoming available for adoption.  In these cases, the shelter will post the animals for adoption the night before they are available on PetHarbor.com.  The following day, interested adopters will have between 11:00a.m. to 11:30a.m. to enter their names in a drawing.  The drawing will take place at 11:30a.m.  The first name selected will have the first option to visit with the animal, then adopt if desired.  The next name selected will have the same option to visit and adopt if desired.  Names will be drawn up until the point the animal(s) are all adopted.  In many circumstances, interested adopters elect not to adopt the desired animals.  In these cases, the next name selected has the option of adopting if desired.  



Due to precautionary measures of COVID-19 the shelter will remain closed to the public.  In the hopes of getting animals returned to their owners and continuing adoptions, the shelter will be appointment based from Tuesday to Saturday.  Appointments will start at 11:00 am and the last appointment of the day will be at 4:00 pm. 


  • Enforcement operations and investigations are continuing as normal

  • Fees for adoption will be “NAME YOUR PRICE”. 

  • Contact animal.care@matsugov.us or 746-5500; enforcement 761-7501. 

  • Unfortunately, volunteering at the shelter and the shelter’s lending of “live-traps” has been suspended. 

  • Children under the age of 18 will not be permitted in the shelter.

  • You must have an animal in mind including the animal ID number located on this website under adoptions or www.petharbor.com in order to schedule an appointment.

  • Visitations with animals are suspended with the exception of the specific animal you are looking to adopt.

  • If your pet was brought to the shelter as a stray and you would like to claim them please call us to schedule an appointment. Bring proof of ownership (vet records, photos, adoption paperwork, etc) as well as proof of current rabies vaccine if they have it.

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