Animal License

County of Los Angeles Animal Care and ControlThe County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DAAC) is one of the largest and most progressive animal control agencies in the United States. Our seven animal care centers serve unincorporated Los Angeles County and 47 contract cities with a combined total population of over 3 million residents. We cover more than 3,400 square miles of cities, deserts, beaches, and mountains; from the Antelope Valley in the north to the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the south, as far east as the border of San Bernardino County, and west to Thousand Oaks. We provide animal control and rescue services in our service areas 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A Variety of Potential Pets

Our animal care centers offer a wide variety of potential pets for you to choose from. Most of our animals are either strays or pets turned in by owners who are no longer able to keep them. The many benefits of adopting from a County Animal Care Center include low‑cost spaying/neutering, a free veterinary checkup, the peace of mind knowing that your new pet has received its initial vaccinations against contagious diseases, and the satisfaction of having saved the life of a shelter animal.

Animal Control Officer Duties

Besides patrolling busy streets, back roads, beaches, and canyons for lost, injured, and abandoned animals, our animal control officers also:

  • Conduct humane investigations when animal cruelty is suspected
  • Provide emergency rescues during natural disasters
  • Enforce all State and local animal control laws
  • Conduct animal licensing (canvassing) inspections
  • Inspect and license commercial animal facilities

Please visit the DAAC website for information regarding adoptions, lost and found animals, or many other services.

COVID-19 Update from DAAC

By order of the Chair of the Board of Supervisors for the County of Los Angeles, all County facilities will be closed to the public beginning March 16, 2020, until further notice. This includes DACCs seven animal care centers. DACC officers will continue to respond to emergency calls for service including:

  • Animal cruelty investigations
  • Dangerous dogs
  • Police assistance
  • Removal of dead animals
  • Sick or injured animals

You may call DAAC at 562-940-6898 to request service.


Pet owners considering surrendering their pets should delay doing so, if possible. If this is not possible, please call your local animal care center for direction. DACC is not accepting healthy stray cats at this time.

Lost Pets

People who find or lose a pet should download the Shadow app to reunite lost pets with their families.

Adoptions & Pet Redemptions

DACC is aware that the temporary closing of County facilities will disrupt normal adoption and pet redemption services. We are committed to ensuring that lost pets are quickly reunited with their families and that homeless animals continue to have the opportunity for adoption. We are managing our animal population closely, and only animals that are irremediably suffering, dangerous, or unable to eat without assistance will be euthanized during this time.

For residents who wish to purchase or renew pet license, please visit the online portal at: