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    Animal Control Section

    The Santa Monica Animal Control Section is dedicated to providing outstanding care for animals in Santa Monica. We are a dedicated progressive animal shelter that continually strives to strengthen the welfare of animals by promoting humane care and treatment. Each year, we help lost, abandoned, and homeless animals find a nurturing forever home.

    Facility Overview

    The Santa Monica Animal Shelter is operated by dedicated staff that together provides field services for the City of Santa Monica, seven days a week. The shelter is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. We house dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits, and smaller reptiles.  Our staff supports Santa Monica residents with the following services:

    • Pet Adoptions
    • Investigation of complaints regarding animals
    • Respond to calls for service
    • Monitor the City's public dog parks to ensure rules and regulations are observed
    • Conduct humane investigations when animal cruelty is suspected
    • Enforce all state and local animal control laws
    • Provide shelter for animals during natural disasters
    • Conduct animal licensing (canvassing) inspections
    • Pet Reunification

    SMPD Animal Control Officers and staff continue to provide services to the Santa Monica community despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic with a few operational changes.

    • If you require service for emergencies involving injured animals or aggressive animals at large that may cause or attempt to cause an injury, you may contact SMPD's non-emergency dispatcher via 310-458-8491, for assistance.
    • Those interested in adopting an animal can visit to view all of the animals available. To meet one of the pets awaiting a forever home, call 310-458-8595 to schedule an appointment.

    Adoption Services

    If you are considering a pet adoption, think Santa Monica Animal Shelter. Most of our animals are either strays or pets turned in by owners who are no longer able to care for them.  If you adopt from us, not only do you benefit from the satisfaction of providing a shelter for animals in need, but you also benefit from:

    • Low-cost spaying/neutering
    • Access to pet veterinary medical records
    • Pet vaccinations

    We have partnered with our friends at Pet Harbor to help you adopt a new animal companion, find a lost pet, or re-unite with a lost pet we have found.  Visit to learn more about the animals in our care.  

    Dog Licensing


    If you have lost your dog's license and need a replacement tag, please visit

    Online licensing requires that residents show proof of residency and a photo ID, driver's license, or passport in addition to providing their pets rabies, proof of sterility. For non-residents, proof that dog is licensed in their city is required.

    Note: Licenses purchased online are valid for the calendar year purchased. Your dog's license will expire on  12/31/2021.





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