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980 Lycoming
McKinleyville, CA  95519
(707) 840-9132

Monday:    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday:    10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday:    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday:    10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday:    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday:    Closed
Sunday:    Closed

After regular business hours:
    Call the Humboldt County Sheriff at (707) 445-7251.

    • Sheriff's Animal Shelter:
      • 980 Lycoming, McKinleyville, CA - (707) 840-9132
      • View Adoptable Animals with PetHarbor
      • View Found Animals at Shelter with PetHarbor
      • View All Animals with PetHarbor
      • View Adoptable Animals with PetFinder

    • Farm animals:
      • Livestock officer (Horses and Cattle): (707) 445-7251 
      • Planning & Zoning (Chickens, Geese, Goats, etc): (707) 445-7451

    • Wild animals:
      • Humboldt Wildlife Care Center (Marine Animals, Injured Birds, etc) Humboldt State University: (707) 822-8839
      • Fish & Game (Deer, Bobcats, Foxes, Bears & Birds): (707) 445-6493
      • Humboldt County Environmental Health 
        (mosquitoes, spiders, bats Ticks and rabid animals) (707) 445-6215

    • Dead animals:
      • On County Roads: (707) 445-7421 
      • On State Highways: (707) 441-5747 
      • Within City of Eureka: (707) 441-4327
      • Within other incorporated cities, call individual city.

Dogs not Spayed or Neutered: $50.00

Late License Fee (30 days after expiration of license)
                Penalty Fee Additional  $15.00

Spayed or Neutered Dogs: $15.00
Late License Fee (30 days after expiration of license)
                Penalty Fee Additional  $15.00
Senior Citizen Owner (Over age 62): $10.00
Replacement Tags: $5.00

According to California Health and Safety Code Section 121690(a) and County Ordinance Section 541-32(a), dogs shall be vaccinated for rabies and licensed at the age of 4 months or 10 days after the arrival of the dog in the unincorporated areas of Humboldt County. It makes no difference whether the dog is an indoor dog, never gets out of the yard or house, or the dog’s home is in the country. All dogs must be licensed in the incorporated city or county in which they live. Licenses are due yearly on the anniversary date of the rabies vaccination. Prior to the expiration date of the license, courtesy renewal notices are sent on each dog. 

Please note: The owner is responsible for renewing the license on or before the expiration date even if the renewal notice is not received.
Tags are used for the life of the dog, however, if new tags are needed, the charge is $5.00 each.

In the event the owner changes mailing and/or physical addresses, the Animal Control Office must be contacted with the new information within 30 days. If the dog is sold or ownership transferred, the transferring owner must notify the Animal Control office of the name, address and phone number of the new owner.

Special licenses for breeders and kennels are available at reduced rates. Please call for details.

You may contact us at: (707) 840-9132 
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