Animal Care Services
The City contracts with the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control Agency to provide all animal care and sheltering services for the City of Palmdale. Please visit the Los Angeles Animal Care and Control website for services to find answers to Frequently Asked Questions, or if you need to request service.
All dogs and cats are required to be licensed and vaccinated in the City of Palmdale. Learn more about Pet Licensing and why it's important.
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.
Spay / Neuter/Microchip
Spay/neuter and microchipping is mandatory in the City of Palmdale
Unsterilized dogs and cats create a number of problems for both residents and animals in Palmdale. The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control is overwhelmed with unwanted animals, receiving approximately 70,000 animals each year.
Unplanned litters contribute to these numbers as there are not enough available homes to absorb this surplus. Despite strong efforts to place these pets into new homes and reunite lost pets with their owners, there are still not enough adoptive homes available. It is imperative that we reduce the number of animals flooding our animal care centers, and the best way to do that is ensure all pets are spayed or neutered.
Title 10 Ordinance
For these reasons, the City adopted Title 10 of the Los Angeles County Code in October 2017 (6.04.010 Adoption of Los Angeles County animal control ordinance), requiring all cats and dogs over four months of age to be spayed or neutered (Los Angeles County Code §10.20.350). Unaltered dogs and cats over four months of age will need an unaltered dog or cat license. Additionally, dogs and cats over four months of age are required to be implanted with an identifying microchip (LACC §10.20.185).
Low Cost Spay / Neuter
Low cost spay/neuter options are available. Please visit the Los Angeles Animal Care and Control website for more information.
Microchipping can be done through the Palmdale Animal Care Center or your veterinarian.
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 dogs and cats.
The Animal Care and Control Department offers low-cost vaccinations for dogs and cats.
Residential Dog & Cat Limits
The City of Palmdale has adopted 10.20.038 of the Los Angeles County Code as it pertains to residential dogs and cats limits, based on single family residential homes. The limits are reduced to two dogs and two cats in multifamily housing.
Up to four dogs may be kept at any residence without an animal facility license, provided the dogs' owner or custodian licenses each individual dog and complies with the mandatory spay and neuter program for dogs.
Up to five cats may be kept at any residence without an animal facility license, provided the cats' owner or custodian licenses each individual cat, has each cat spayed or neutered, and keeps all cats primarily indoors.
For more information please visit the Los Angeles Animal Care and Control website or call Public Safety at 661-267-5170.