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Animal Services

Animal Services

The Department of Animal Services (DAS) provides animal-related law enforcement for the unincorporated portion of the county and six contract cities (Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach). 

Provides animal-related law enforcement for the unincorporated portion of the county and six contract cities (Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach)

Serves a human population of more than 2,150,000 people and an estimated 591,700 pet owning households (AVMA Pet Ownership Calculation, based on 2010 census report on unincorporated area and contract city populations)

3 animal care centers (San Diego/Metro – Gaines St, Northern – Carlsbad, Southern – Bonita)

24,207 animals entered the centers this fiscal year.

Save Rates – Dogs: 93.2%  Cats: 75.8%  all animals combined: 82.7%  

Pet Adoptions:

9,223 to individual families  

4,043 to our rescue partners

304 animals adopted on Clear the Shelters Day

4,705 lost animals were reunited with their families

Received a total of 2,377 reported dog bites

26,130 requests for service; a total of 4,495 were for Crimes Against Animals and the remainder were investigations of animal regulatory violations or miscellaneous requests for service

11 hedgehogs rescued from a trashcan in Ocean Beach

83 dogs regulated as a “dangerous dog” or public nuisance

98% of all requests for service were handled within the prescribed time periods correct

Responsible Pet Ownership Program provided instruction to 18 attendees who were sent through the program either by a prosecutor or a judge

Evacuated 145 animals and provided care to animals on 288 properties during the Border Fire

Assisted 143 evacuated residents with pet supplies during the Gate Fire

DAS staff represent the Department in 8 local, state and national organizations:

National Animal Care and Control Association

National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition

National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs

National Coalition on Violence Against Animals

San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition

State Humane Association of California

154,345 licensed dogs in the computer system

13,982 microchips implanted of which 1,071 were implanted during DAS’ “Free Microchip Event” prior to the 4th of July

63,975 dogs licensed during this fiscal year

3,770 spay/neuter surgeries conducted by DAS veterinarians

638 spay/neuter surgeries conducted by outsourced veterinarians

Received $196,330.81 in donations to the Department’s Spirit Fund, of which $8,162.79 was to pay for veterinary treatment of animals in our care with unusual injuries that required the expertise of veterinary specialists that could not be supported by our regular budget

4,051 spay/neuter coupons issued, of which 3,113 were redeemed

$181,650 in spay/neuter costs reimbursed to pet owners or vets who used such coupons

480 volunteers worked 72,747 hours, which was equivalent to $1,750,916.64

 

 

 

Animal Services