Animal Services

The Animal Services Section Of The Santa Ana Code Enforcement Division, Handles All Calls For Service Regarding Barking Dogs, Stray Animals, And Dead Animals

To report a dead animal, stray or roaming animals, or to file a complaint about an animal, contact Animal Services at (714) 245-8792.

Dog licenses are required in the City of Santa Ana. The Santa Ana License Section at City Hall handles requests for dog licenses. They can be contacted at (714) 647-5257 for more information. For your convenience, an application is available.

Services Not Offered by Animal Services Section

  • Do not trap or transport wild cats (feral cats);
  • Do not deal with wildlife (live coyotes, raccoons, opossums, ducks or ducklings, bird nests, bees);
  • Do not transport live wildlife;
  • Do not trap wildlife. (If you trap a wild animal, you need to release it per California Code Regulation 679 (4).)

Coyote Sightings or aggressive behavior: 

  • The Animal Services Unit can check the area where you live for coyotes running loose. To report aggressive coyote behaviors please call (714) 245-8792. Please leave a detailed voicemail and we will return your call as soon as possible. If you would like to report a coyote sighting or view an interactive coyote map press the link provided,
  •  California Fish and Wildlife will dispatch their wardens in case a coyote is involved in a bite on a human which rarely happens. California Fish and Wildlife wardens will trap, euthanize, and test the animal.  The phone number for California Fish and Wildlife is (858) 467-4201.   Here is the link to their website where they provide more information.


Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinics

The City of Santa Ana, in coordination with Vet Care Mobile Vaccination Clinics, is offering low cost pet vaccine clinics every Saturday from 9:00 am to  11:00 am and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm


No Clinics held on the following dates:


  • Easter Sunday 
  • Any major holiday that falls on a Saturday or Sunday

Additional dates may be announced without prior notice


310 N. Birch St., Santa Ana, CA
Corner of 3rd St. & Birch St.

location map

For more information, visit Vet Care's website at

Free Spay / Neuter Program

Residents interested in low-cost / no-cost spay and neuter services may contact any of the below resources for information about various programs currently being offered.

Orange County Animal Allies
P.O. Box 6507, Huntington Beach, CA 92615
(714) 964-4445 / Fax: (887) 398-3898 
Pet owners are reviewed based on income level and may pay a discounted rate, or receive free spay and neuter services for their pets.

Golden State Humane Society
11901 Gilbert, Garden Grove, CA 92841
(714) 638-8111
Pet owners can pay a low cost fee to spay or neuter their cats and dogs.

RUFF – Rescuing unwanted Furry Friends 
P.O. Box 1140, Laguna Beach CA 92652
This organization provides financial assistance to low-income pet owners who wish to spay or neuter their cat or dog. 

North Shore Animal League America
(800) 248-7729
This organization provides low-cost spay and neuter services through a network of veterinary clinics.  


Animal Release (dead or alive ): $124.34


The Orange County Shelter has fees they charged the public when their dog/cat/pet gets impounded to the shelter.
Impound fee: $150.00 (Second Occurrence: $205.00)
Board/Care: $50.00 per day at the shelter


State Penalties of Impounded unaltered Animals:
1st Occurrence: $35.00
2nd Occurrence: $50.00
3rd Occurrence: $100.00


Owner Release of a pet at Shelter: $306.00
Owner Release of a pet (Euthanasia) at Shelter: $40.00

These are dog licensing Fees for the City of Santa Ana

Regular License Fee (unaltered): $159.00
Altered (spayed/neutered): $28.00
Puppy License (puppies between 4 and 6 months of age): $28.00
Senior Citizen (it has to be altered) $14.00
Replacement tag: $9.00
Late Penalty: $48.00