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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.




Animal Control Officers strive to:

  • 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 ordinances

Additionally, DACC offers programs and services to residents, 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.

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 which serves Santa Clarita residents at (661) 257-3191.