Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control
Lancaster Animal Shelter
5210 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93536
open M-Th 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., F-Su 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed holidays
Antelope Valley Adoption Center (Pet Stop) - ADOPTIONS ONLY
42116 4th Street East
Lancaster, CA 93535
open Tu-Sa 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Su 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays
The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control (DACC) provides animal control and shelter services in the Antelope Valley area. There are six shelters throughout the County, each serving several contract cities and all unincorporated County areas. The shelters provide licensing, microchip registration, adoptions, dead animal removal, and enforcement services in addition to stray sheltering services. DACC also works with the California Department of Fish & Game and the Los Angeles County Department of Agriculture in dealing with predator animals, such as coyotes and mountain lions. Animal Control officers investigate allegations of animal neglect and animal cruelty, inspect animal boarding facilities, pet shops, and grooming establishments to ensure they meet County and State codes, and assist local law enforcement in conducting raids for suspected illegal dog or cock fighting.
Licensing your pet provides a traceable way to return your pet to you should they get lost, and also verifies to anyone handling your pet that the rabies vaccination is current. Under California law, all dogs over four months of age must be licensed. Under City ordinance all cats residing within Lancaster's city limits must be licensed, and cats in unincorporated areas must also be licensed under County code. For information about current licensing fees, visit the Lancaster Animal Shelter or the DACC's Fee Schedule page.
Interested in adopting a pet? Visit the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control for information on currently available pets, adoption fees and policies, and more. Lost your pet, and want to see if she's been taken to a County shelter? You can check from that page as well (though be aware that not every found pet may appear on the website due to various circumstances - if possible, it is better to visit the shelter in-person each day).
Microchipping is a simple and permanent way to locate your pet should they get lost. All animals that are adopted to families by DACC are microchipped before going home with their new family. However, many of us have pets that were not obtained from County shelters, and these pets may or may not be microchipped. Due to a generous donation from the Found Animal Foundation, if you are a dog owner living in an area serviced by DACC (including the entire Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley), you are eligible to have your dog microchipped for free by DACC at one of their microchipping clinics. Please contact the Lancaster Animal Shelter for the current clinic schedule and for more information if you are interested. Note that at this time, cats and other pets are not eligible for this free microchipping service through DACC.
If you can no longer care properly for your pet, or if circumstances force you to give your pet up (such as moving to an apartment that does not accept pets, for example), and you are unable to find a loving family willing to take your pet, you may relinquish your pet to the care of DACC by bringing them to any of the six County shelters and paying a small fee (currently $10-$25 for most pets, more for large animals). Alternatively you can contact DACC to request that an officer come to your home to pick up the pet, with the base charge being about $50 for small, domesticated pets.
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