We have a massive pest problem in this town and it's because the Animal Control department has been a disaster at catching animals. They're great at ingesting and selling marijuana.
Leslie Knope

"Animal Control" is the eighteenth episode of Season 5 of the NBC television series Parks and Recreation. It originally aired on April 11, 2013 to 3.15 million viewers.


Leslie Knope and Chris Traeger visit Animal Control, where they find a mis-managed department building and ineffective staff. After Chris accidentally steps on a coyote trap in the middle of the floor, he immediately fires the two workers situated at the building, Harris and Brett. At a subsequent city council meeting, Leslie begins the debate as to who the council should elect as the new Animal Control Department Director. However, she finds out that the councilmen usually just takes turns at appointing department heads. This does not sit right with Leslie, so she sets out to find a suitable candidate, and suggests the other councilmen do the same. Her list of candidates is short, with Harris and Brett even showing up just hours after being fired. Jerry Gergich even applies, but it is discovered that he is actually under qualified to even be working at his current job. After throwing out numerous other candidates, Leslie is forced to ask a reluctant April Ludgate to commit to the position. April is heavily scrutinized by the Councilman Jeremy Jamm, and it is clear April is not ready for the role. April then comes up with her own proposal: to absorb Animal Control into the Parks Department, due to its minute budget and its ineffectiveness. The council agrees and Chris appoints April Deputy Director of Animal Control.

Meanwhile, Ben Wyatt is in the process of getting more big companies to donate to the Sweetums Foundation, and he gets his chance to do so after Tom Haverford organizes a meeting with Dennis Feinstein, Pawnee's premiere manufacture or perfumes and colognes. It becomes clear quickly though that Feinstein is very shallow and has no compassion for anyone or anything. Ben feels uncomfortable with the situation but could really use Feinstein's money. Ben finds it difficult to discuss anything specific with Feinstein, as he constantly rebuffs any attempts to come to a deal. Feinstein takes Ben, Tom and Andy Dwyer to the Pawnee Smokehouse where he continues to be rude and arrogant. Peeved at the way Feinstein is treating Ben and Tom, Andy loses his cool and calls Feinstein a dick. They trio are kicked out of the Smokehouse and Andy apologizes the next day. Feinstein feigns acceptance of Andy's apology and hands Ben a check for $25,000. However, the check is made out to "Go F*** Yourself"; Feinstein was in fact deceiving them and has no intentions to help anybody. The trio flee the building after Ben too calls Feinstein a dick for good measure. Having lost out on gaining a big company, Tom agrees to donate five cents from every dollar made at Rent-A-Swag over the coming month.

In a B plot, Ron Swanson contracts strep throat from his girlfriend's children and is cared for by Ann Perkins all day. Ann suggests to Ron that he change his ways and look after himself better, as he is not living alone anymore: he has a loving partner with two children to look after. From a blood test, Ann can see Ron has low potassium and insists he eat a banana every once in a while. Ron reluctantly does so, by placing the banana inside a burger from Paunch Burger.