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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). 

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)

23,395 animals entered the centers this fiscal year.

Save Rates – Dogs: 94.8%  Cats: 79.7%  all animals combined: 85.5%  

Pet Adoptions:

9,265 to individual families  

4,461 to our rescue partners

307 animals adopted on Clear the Shelters Day

4,457 lost animals were reunited with their families

Received a total of 2,435 reported dog bites

24,650 requests for service; a total of 3,968 were for Crimes Against Animals and the remainder were investigations of animal regulatory violations or miscellaneous requests for service

803 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 8 attendees who were sent through the program either by a prosecutor or a judge

DAS staff represent the Department in 4 local, state and national organizations:

National Animal Care and Control Association

National Coalition on Violence Against Animals

San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition

State Humane Association of California

161,791 licensed dogs in the computer system

13,454 microchips implanted of which 1,071 were implanted during DAS’ “Free Microchip Event” prior to the 4th of July

61,632 dogs licensed during this fiscal year

3,797 spay/neuter surgeries conducted by DAS veterinarians

6,636 spay/neuter surgeries conducted by outsourced veterinarians

Received $67,201.14 in donations to the Department’s Spirit Fund, of which $17,648.52 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

3,716 spay/neuter coupons issued, of which 2,632 were redeemed

$160,994 in spay/neuter costs reimbursed to pet owners or vets who used such coupons

408 volunteers worked 33,097 hours, which was equivalent to $813,780.69

Responded to 170 calls for service, 34 impounds, cared for 263 animals that were sheltering in-place, facilitated 46 requests for service at the Local Assistance Center and provided 40 bags of food for displaced animals during the December 2017 Lilac Fire 




Animal Services