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Animal Care Services
Contacting the Animal Care Center

Animal Care Center
5210 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93536

Directions: Located off CA 14, Avenue I exit, west of the freeway (traveling northbound on CA 14)

Open Monday-Thursday, 12 pm-7 pm
Friday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm
Holidays – Limited Operations

Contact the Animal Care Center:
Lancaster Animal Care Center Dispatch 661/940-4191

Please note: All calls for animal care centers are routed through Los Angeles County's Communication Center/Dispatch for handling.

Animal Care Services

The City contracts with the Los Angeles Animal Care and Control Agency to provide all animal care and sheltering services for the City of Palmdale.  Please visit their website to see the all the services available to our community, find answers to frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) or if you need animal related service.

Important Pet Information for Palmdale Residents

PSA - Pet Licensing

All dogs and cats are required to be licensed and vaccinated in the City of Palmdale. 

California law requires that all dogs over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies and licensed through the local animal care and control agency.  City code requires the same for dogs, and it also requires all cats be vaccinated for rabies at four months of age and licensed.

Licensing is an important means of identification and can help to return lost pets to their owners quickly. Additionally, license revenues are a vital means of support to help the City and Animal Care Department promote and protect human and animal safety. Failure to license your pet may result in fines or penalties.

Who Needs to Purchase a Pet License?

  • You must purchase a pet license for all “new” pets (dogs or cats) you bring into your household.
  • If you recently moved to Palmdale and you have pets, you will need to license them in Palmdale, even if you have paid for and obtained a license in another City.  Pet licenses do not transfer from pet-to-pet or from other cities.
  • You are required to license your pet even if it is an “indoor” animal only.

Purchasing Licenses

Animal licenses may be purchased by completing a license application form and mailing it‑‑along with payment, proof of rabies vaccination, and proof of sterilization‑‑to the address on the application. Seniors should include proof of age (i.e., driver’s license or identification card) to obtain a senior discount.

Licenses may be purchased at an animal care center or by mail. Remember to always include a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate when applying for or renewing your pet license!

License Renewals

Pet licenses are valid for one year. Renewal notices are mailed to pet owners approximately six weeks prior to their license expiration date. Current licenses may be renewed online with a credit or debit card or by phone at 877/U-PAY-PET (877/872-9738).

Failure to renew a pet license can result in a late penalty equal to the cost of the license. Additionally, owners of unlicensed pets brought into compliance through the City or Animal Control Department’s Field Licensing program will be assessed an additional field enforcement fee. This fee helps to recover the costs of our field enforcement program.

It pays to spay! (or neuter) Take advantage of reduced licensing costs by having your pet spayed or neutered.

City of Palmdale pet license fees:

  • $60 - Unaltered Dog
  • $20 - Altered Dog
  • $7.50 - *Senior Altered Dog
  • $10 - Unaltered Cat
  • $5 - Altered Cat

**Senior rate if the animal is Spayed or Neutered.  Senior must be (60) years of age and a copy of California Identification (ID) must be submitted with payment to receive a reduced pet license for your dog. Proof of sterility (spay or neuter is also required to receive the senior discount).

Please note past due licenses cannot currently be processed online or by phone.  If your license is past due, you must go to an animal care center or send a check by mail with the applicable penalties included.

Our local sheltering services are currently provided at the Lancaster Animal Care Center. The Lancaster Animal Care Center proudly serves the following cities/ communities:

Lake Elizabeth (unincorporated area), Lake Hughes (unincorporated area), Lake Los Angeles (unincorporated area), Lancaster (City), Lancaster (unincorporated area), Leona Valley (unincorporated area), Llano (unincorporated area), Palmdale (City), Palmdale (unincorporated area), Pearblossom (unincorporated area), Quartz Hill (unincorporated area), Valyermo (unincorporated area)

Pet Vaccination

Vaccinations against contagious and deadly diseases (such as rabies, canine parvovirus, canine distemper, canine bordetella, feline leukemia, feline panleukopenia, and other serious diseases) are important to protect your pet’s health. Vaccination type and frequency of inoculation may vary based on your pet’s age and medical condition. Please discuss a suitable vaccination plan with your pet’s veterinarian at its annual wellness exam.

California state law requires that all dogs older than four months of age be currently vaccinated against rabies. Los Angeles County  and City Code requires rabies vaccinations for cats as well as dogs. Rabies vaccinations may be effective for either one year or three years. The first rabies vaccination is effective for one year. After the first year’s vaccination, succeeding rabies vaccinations are effective for three years.

The Animal Care and Control Department offers low-cost vaccinations for dogs and cats and provides mobile vaccination and microchip clinics each spring and summer in communities throughout our service area.

It is very important that you maintain current vaccinations for your pet’s health and well being. Animals can become exposed to sick animals through contact between yard fencing, at parks, or other places of congregation. Ensuring your pet’s health is protected will eliminate or reduce potential medical expenses and your family’s worry over an ill pet.

Please visit the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control website to see the all the services available to your community, find answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) or if you need animal related service visit this website or call 661/940-4191.

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