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Welcome to the USDA Animal Care Public Search Tool.

This site will provide information and records that shed light on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) administration of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). APHIS’ Animal Care program is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the AWA, including establishing acceptable standards of humane care and treatment for regulated animals and monitoring and achieving compliance through inspections, enforcement, education, and cooperative efforts.

The AWA and its associated regulations seek to ensure the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of certain warm-blooded animals used or intended for use in research, exhibition, or as pets. Animal dealers and exhibitors must obtain a license, and research facilities, carriers, and intermediate handlers must obtain a registration. Animal Care inspectors conduct inspections of licensee and registrant animals, records, and facilities to assess compliance with the AWA and its regulations, and document their observations and professional assessments in inspection reports. Licensees and registrants must notify Animal Care of changes in their operations and file periodic updates with Animal Care, including annual reports of animal use by research facilities.

This Public Search Tool provides a list of persons licensed and registered under the AWA, inspection reports, and research facility animal use annual reports. Individuals or businesses seeking information or records that are not available through this Public Search Tool may be able to find what they are looking for elsewhere on APHIS’ website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare, or by submitting a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Information on how to submit a FOIA request to APHIS can be found at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/foia.

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Although Animal Care is striving to ensure the Public Search Tool is posting information correctly, database constraints are causing some errors to occur. If the information you are looking for is not displaying correctly please call (970) 494-7478 so that we can identify and correct the problem.

List of persons licensed or registered under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA)

This site contains information on dealers, exhibitors, research facilities, carriers, and intermediate handlers who have obtained a license or registration under the AWA.

Inspection reports

This site contains reports of inspection prepared by inspectors of the USDA's Animal Care program. An inspection report documents an inspector's observations and professional assessments of compliance at facilities regulated under the AWA.

Teachable Moments

This site contains teachable moments prepared by inspectors of the USDA's Animal Care program.

Research facility animal use annual reports

This site contains information on the numbers and types of animals used for research purposes during a given fiscal year. Research facilities must submit an annual report of this information to Animal Care.

Animal Welfare Enforcement Actions

This searchable page provides access to the APHIS’ final enforcement records for the Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act.