The Jefferson City Police Department headquarters downtown (file photo)

Jefferson City animal shelter closed to public this week

Staffing shortages and COVID are to blame for the decision to close the Jefferson City animal shelter to the public this week, starting Monday morning.

City officials say the shelter lacks the staff needed to remain open to the public. Jefferson City Police say the decision will allow the shelter’s limited staff to focus on their core public safety duties and to care for the shelter’s animal population.

The shelter is suspending all owner releases and intakes into the shelter, until further notice.

If you’d like to schedule a pet viewing, you can contact the shelter at (573) 634-6429.

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