Operation Bark Alert ImageIn 1992, Missouri led the nation by becoming one of only a handful of states with a companion animal regulatory program. In 2009, Missouri once again led efforts to regulate unlicensed facilities with the launch of Operation Bark Alert.

Since its launch, the Department has used Operation Bark Alert to protect dogs and cats in the state by investigating facilities that may be unlicensed. By implementing this program, the Missouri Department of Agriculture has ensured that facilities affected by the Animal Care Facilities Act are brought into compliance with standards of care prescribed by rule.

Report an unlicensed breeder in Missouri at Operation Bark Alert

Help the Missouri Department of Agriculture regulate unlicensed breeders. If you know of an unlicensed breeder in Missouri, use the online reporting system to easily help us locate unlicensed facilities in Missouri. Each tip from the public results in a visit from an animal care inspector to validate the report.

For additional information regarding Operation Bark Alert or for questions regarding the standards of care required in licensed facilities, please contact our staff at 573-751-3076. Learn more about the Animal Care Facility Program.