County Animal Shelters

The County Department of Animal Services provides dog licensing and animal control services for the unincorporated areas of San Diego County.

For an animal-related emergency occurring right now, do not email, call:

24/7 Emergency Line 619-236-2341

(Unincorporated County Only)


Animal Control Agencies by Zip Codes


Animal-related emergencies »  

  • Injured or sick animal
  • Animal cruelty
  • Aggressive animal
  • Animal bite to a person

For any life-threatening situation, call 911 immediately



North Shelter
2481 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011

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South Shelter
5821 Sweetwater Road, Bonita, CA 91902

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County shelters hours:

                                                       Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.                                                         

Adoptions close at 4:00 p.m daily.
Closed Mondays and County holidays

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Please Note: We no longer service the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Santee, San Diego or Solana Beach. For animal related matters in one of the above cities please contact


For fastest service, please contact us via email. Although not mandatory, it's best to include one or more of the following so your inquiry can be properly routed:

  • Your home address and zip code
  • Address and zip code of residence in question
  • If applicable, Activity number(s), Animal I.D. number(s), and dog License number(s)



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There are 14 shelters in our region, two of them are County of San Diego shelters and the rest are managed by our non-profit partners or other municipalities.

Other Shelters’ Locations and Hours »

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