Animal Control

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For any human life threatening situation, call 9-1-1.

The City of Carlsbad contracts with the San Diego Humane Society for animal services.

  • Call 619-299-7012 for animal-related concerns such as strays and barking dogs.
  • Visit for information about adoptions and lost pets.

San Diego Humane Society will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4.

If you find a stray pet over the holiday, please keep them separate from your own pets, keep them safe overnight and bring them to San Diego Humane Society on July 5, during normal business hours from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

If you lose your pet over the holiday, text “LOST” to 858-SAN-LOST (858-726-5678) to receive automated text messages with resources and tips to help your search. You can also visit Lost & Found Page for more support and to see found animals in their care.

Two shelter locations serve Carlsbad:
619-299-7012 (Same phone for both locations)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

San Luis Rey location (dogs only)
2905 San Luis Rey Road
Oceanside, CA 92058

(Oceanside) Airport Road location (for cats and small animals)
572 Airport Road
Oceanside, CA 92058

The County of San Diego's shelter on Palomar Airport Road is open to the public for adoption services and to claim stray pets picked up in unincorporated parts of San Diego County.

Other services for residents

  • Dog licensing and license renewal
  • Adoptions 
  • Affordable community veterinary assistance programs such as spaying and neutering. 
  • PAWS San Diego, a safety-net program for the elderly, home bound, chronically ill, homeless and other groups at risk of giving up their pets due to economic restraints
  • Investigation and enforcement of animal cruelty laws and related activities 
  • Picking up and caring for injured domestic animals 
  • Addressing dangerous domestic animal situations
  • Monitoring and responding to bites and enforcing rabies quarantine requirements
  • Pet behavior modification programs
  • Animal relinquishment, re-homing and euthanasia (upon owner’s request)
  • Temporary boarding of pets belonging to people experiencing homelessness

Wild animals
If you find an injured, ill or baby wild animal, Project Wildlife can help.

More information
City of Carlsbad Animal Control webpage
San Diego Humane Society

Dead animal pick-up

To report a dead animal on a city street or beach, contact the City of Carlsbad at 442-339-2980 during regular business hours. After hours or on weekends, call the City of Carlsbad Police Department’s dispatch center at 760-931-2197. For the removal of a dead animal on a State beach (south of Pine Avenue), call 760-438-5021. For removal from private property, call D.A.R. Contractors at 619-390-8204 (fee).