The 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.
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:
The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC), in collaboration with the ASPCA, has launched a Got Kittens? campaign to help community members determine whether a stray kitten is in need and to assist in providing solutions that support these animals’ ultimate well-being. While it may seem that bringing stray kittens to an animal shelter is the best option, it is better for the kittens to remain with their mother until they are old enough to be adopted rather than unintentionally removing them from their mother cat. Or, if the mother is no longer with them, to place them in a foster home where they will receive individual attention.
The Got Kittens? campaign asks the community to follow these steps when finding a kitten:
- Determine whether the kitten is in need. Healthy, clean, quiet kittens are generally cared for by their mother, who might be hiding or out getting food if she is not visible. Learn how to tell whether a kitten needs your help by using the ASPCA’s new online tool: ASPCA.org/FoundKittens
- Sign up to foster kittens at https://animalcare.lacounty.gov/become-a-foster-caretaker/
- Educate yourself and help spread the word. Visit https://animalcare.lacounty.gov/got-kittens/ to learn more and share the information with friends and family members.
- Support DACC’s efforts to save kittens by donating or purchasing an item off our kitten care wish list at https://animalcare.lacounty.gov/donate/
The ASPCA’s new online tool (ASPCA.org/FoundKittens) helps the public choose the best next steps to take if they find stray kittens outdoors. More resources about kittens can also be found on the DACC website: https://animalcare.lacounty.gov/got-kittens/