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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Tuesday - Saturday (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Closed Sunday, Monday and Designated Holidays

22131 Powhatan Road
Apple Valley, CA 92308
(760) 240-7000 x 7555

After-Hours Emergency  (760)961-6001

The Animal Services Department works to safeguard the health and safety of animal residents, both wild and domestic, as well as our human citizens. Sometimes this is accomplished by keeping the two classes apart, capturing and removing stray animals from yards. But sometimes this is done by bringing the two elements together, as in promoting adoptions of stray animals. 

The Field Division responds to approximately 500 calls for service each month regarding the care and control of wild and domestic animals within the incorporated Town of Apple Valley. Requests for service can range from capture and control of wild animals such as bobcats, coyotes, skunks, opossums and snakes to domestic animals including horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, ostriches, emus, dogs and cats.

Dog, cat and skunk traps will be provided free of charge to aid residents in the capture of unwanted or hard-to-catch animals. Animal Services provides four low-cost rabies shot clinics each year and maintains an efficient dog licensing system to aid in the control of rabies within the Town. We offer a spay/neuter voucher program with a one-year dog license. We also participate in educational programs and offer free activity/coloring books to all young children to help teach them about the care of animals.

Animal Services Officers are on call after hours to provide emergency response for sick, injured and/or vicious stray animals. We enforce both state and local laws relating to animal control. In 2010, the Town of Apple Valley opened the first state of the art Municipal Animal Shelter in the High Desert to house stray and abandoned small animals. Other agencies such as the Department of Fish & Game may assist Town personnel with control and capture of larger wild animals, as needed.

Service Requests

Requests for service can be made to the Animal Services Department by telephone at 760-240-7000 x 7555, via e-mail to animalservices@applevalley.org, through the “LET US KNOW” link at the top of this page, or in person by coming to the Animal Services Office at 22131 Powhatan Road. We will need your name, phone number and the address where the animal violation(s) has been or is occurring. We make every effort to respond to service requests the same day we receive them. The complainant's information is kept in strict confidence unless requested by the courts.

We are happy to assist with all of your animal control questions or concerns. Please see Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ) for additional information on common queries.

Animal Emergencies

The Town's Animal Services Division provides after-hours emergency service. Some examples of emergencies are sick or injured animals (when injuries are life threatening), loose livestock (such as horses and cattle), vicious stray dogs, rattlesnakes at residences, or wild animals in habitable portions of residences.

To report an animal emergency on weekends, holidays or after hours call 760-961-6001.

Educational Programs

Officers are available to come to your group or school and present an educational program. Materials presented relate to the care and welfare of animals, licensing, bite prevention, local and state laws pertaining to animal keeping, and the duties of the Animal Services Division. For more information on the Town of Apple Valley Animal Services educational programs, contact us at 760-240-7000 x 7555.

Dog Licensing

All dogs within the Town of Apple Valley must be licensed when they are four months old or within 30 days of arriving in Apple Valley. Dog licenses may be purchased in person or by mail. To license a dog four months of age or older, a current rabies vaccination certificate and a certificate of sterility (if the dog has been spayed or neutered) are required. If a certificate of sterility is not available and the dog has been altered, a letter from a veterinarian stating the animal has been altered will suffice.

The cost of a dog license is $12.00 per year for a spayed or neutered dog, and $87.00 per year for a dog that is not sterile. Animal Services can license your altered dog from one to three years, or until its rabies vaccination expires. Unaltered dogs can only be licensed for one year and are offered a spay/neuter voucher.  The second year an unaltered dog is licensed in the Town of Apple Valley an additional unaltered fee of $75.00 is charged.

Pet Behavior Tips

Most people find that spaying or neutering dogs or cats makes them better family pets. For general information, and some myths and facts, concerning altering pets, take a look at the following brochure: Muni shelter spay and neuter page.

If you have any specific questions concerning how to correct problem behaviors, the Humane Society publishes some very helpful brochures in its “Pets for Life - Behavior Series,” including tips on dealing with aggressive pets, socializing new pets, introducing new pets to pets already in the household, cat and dog pregnancies, recommended pet toys, pet noise, canine escape artists, and many more.

For informative brochures on these and many other pet topics, visit www.petsforlife.org.

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