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General Information:


In all cities/towns/counties a dog license is MANDATORY for any dog 4 months of age or older. A Rabies shot is required to license. If your dog is spayed/neutered, proof of sterility is also required. If you move or add a new dog to your family - you need to license the dog within 30 days. Some cities offer voluntary cat licensing. If you want to license your cat, contact your Animal Control to see if it is offered.


Many Animal Control agencies will offer spay/neuter vouchers in order to help with the cost of the surgery. Some vet offices have spay/neuter clinic days which are low cost. The pet population is out of control...PLEASE SPAY or NEUTER YOUR DOGS & CATS! It's healthier for them, makes the animal less likely to run away, and lowers the cost of licensing.

Law: Dog Tethering


Effective January 1, 2007, a new California law went into effect making it illegal for people to tie up a dog for more than 3 hours within a 24 hour period. Exception to this is a cable pulley system. Dogs can no longer be tied up to trees, poles, dog houses, etc. As always, the dog or dogs must have access to water and shelter at all times.

Reminder: Animal Zoning


All cities/towns/counties have zoning ordinances. Before adding a horse, goat, pig, multiple dogs/cats, or any animal, make sure your are within your zoning allowance. The limits and types of animals you are allowed can change when you move, so be aware - check before you move. It would be unfortunate to spend the time & money and fall in love with an animal you are not zoned to keep. Call the Planning Dept. and/or Animal Control to find out before you add to the family.

Apple Valley

Town of Apple Valley serves the incorporated portion of Apple Valley. Physical address: 22131 Powhatan Rd., Apple Valley, CA 92307. Phone: 760-240-7000 x 7555. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00am - 4:00pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and Holidays. Web: www.avanimals.org


Adelanto Animal Control services the City of Adelanto. Animals picked up by Animal Control or citizen/owner turn in are taken to the Victor Valley Animal Protective League located on Zuni Rd. in Apple Valley (247-2102). Animal Control is located at 11600 Air Expressway, Adelanto, CA 92301. Phone: 760-246-2301.

County of San Bernardino

The County of San Bernardino serves the unincorporated cities in the High Desert such as Phelan, County part of Apple Valley, Pinion Hills, Oro Grande, Lucerne Valley, and Helendale. Town of Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, and Adelanto have their own Animal Control. The surrounding cities need to contact the County for assistance. Phone: 800-472-5609.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2013: DOGS from these cities will be held at Apple Valley Animal Services located at 22131 Powhatan Rd., Apple Valley, CA 92308. Phone: 760-240-7000 x 7555. For those living in Victorville & Adelanto, animals can still be brought to VVAPL on Zuni Road in Apple Valley (247-2102). Note: IF YOU ARE MISSING A PET, you must come down to the shelter and look for yourself (or at least send someone else on your behalf)! Animal Shelters get many dogs/cats in on a daily basis. You need to come down unless you've been notified that your pet is at the shelter.


Hesperia Animal Control serves the City of Hesperia. Animal Control & Shelter are located at 11011 Santa Fe Ave., Hesperia, CA 92345. Phone: 760-947-1700. Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 9:00am to 5:00pm. Wed 9:00am to 7:00pm and Fridays 9:00am to 4:00pm. Web: www.ci.hesperia.ca.us


Victorville Animal Control serves the City of Victorville. Dog licensing is located at 14343 Civic Dr., Victorville, CA 92392. Animal Control is located on McArt, which is behind the furniture store (previously Levitz) Phone: 760-955-5089. Animals from Victorville are brought to the Victor Valley Animal Protective League located at 21779 Zuni Rd., Apple Valley (247-2102). Web: www.ci.victorville.ca.us

A Note on VVAPL/Dogs Day Inn: