Cats in Jefferson

Cats are considered free-roaming animals and the leash law does not apply to them. There is no law in unincorporated Jefferson County that pertains to loose or roaming cats. 

Citizens can legally trap a cat with a live, humane trap on their own property and take the animal to the Foothills Animal Shelter. The cat owner must then come to the shelter and pay the impound fees before receiving their cat.

Our Recommendations

We recommend that all cat owners keep their cats contained on their own property to avoid pet injury or death, not to mention the nuisance the cats can cause to your neighbors.

Cats should be vaccinated for rabies annually and wear an identification tag. Animal control will impound cats that have bitten a person, are sick or injured.