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.
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
Animal control officers are available during daytime operations hours. If you require service for emergencies involving injured animals or aggressive animals running at large that may cause or attempt to cause an injury, you may contact SMPD non-emergency at 310-458-8491, for assistance.
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 www.petharbor.com to learn more about the animals in our care.
The Santa Monica Animal Shelter processes dog licensing for Santa Monica residents and Airport Park permits for non-Santa Monica residents. Pet owners can register their dog in-person during normal shelter business hours.
1640 Ninth Street
Santa Monica, Ca 90404
Tuesday - Saturday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday - Monday, Closed