The City currently contracts with The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) which promotes and protects public safety and animal care through sheltering, pet placement programs, education, and animal law enforcement. They provide animal control and rescue services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



What do the Animal Control Officers do?

  • Protect communities from dangerous animals
  • Rescue sick, injured, or stray animals
  • Investigate animal cruelty, abuse, neglect, and illegal animal fighting
  • Conduct animal licensing inspections
  • Assist local law enforcement and City agencies with animal related issues
  • Remove deceased animals from public areas
  • Enforce local and state ordinance.

DACC offers programs and services such as, pet licensing, low-cost vaccinations, microchipping, spay and neutering, pet adoptions, and disaster response. Licensing is an important means of identification and can help to return lost pets to their owners quickly.

Additionally, license revenues are a vital means of support to help DACC promote and protect human and animal safety.  Failure to license your pet may result in fines or penalties in accordance with California State Law (Health and Safety Code Section 121690 and Food and Agriculture Code Section 30502).  Staying current with vaccinations is important for the well-being of both the animals and people around them.

For more information, please visit their website: or contact the Castaic Animal Shelter at (661) 257-3191.

Frequently Asked Questions



Agency Information

Department of Animal Care and Control

Castaic Animal Care Center

31044 Charlie Canyon Road

Castaic, CA  91384

(661) 257-3191


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Coyote Control: Coyotes – Our Permanent Neighbors

The City does not trap and euthanize coyotes, we inform Home Owners Association and pet owners that they have the ability to enter into an agreement with the State to trap and euthanize if they so choose. We educate the public to keep water and food indoors and to monitor their animals when they use the backyards. When walking animals, be aware of surroundings and be able to pick up the animal quickly.