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Animal Shelter

20612 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1184
(949) 497-3552
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Open seven days a week
Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Play Yard Hours: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Shelter is closed on Thanksgiving,
Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

For after hour emergencies in the Cities of Laguna Beach
and Laguna Woods ONLY, please call (949) 497-0701 and press "1".

Adoption Policy

Dogs and cats which remain unclaimed are seen by a veterinarian, bathed and groomed, vaccinated, wormed, micro-chipped, and neutered/spayed, in addition to receiving any other needed medical treatment. For this reason, the animals put up for adoption are healthy and have no serious behavior problems.

The aim of our adoption policy is to place our animals in the most compatible situations possible. To ensure the most appropriate match, the adoption procedure requires an application and a waiting period. The Adoption Committee meets semi-weekly on Wednesday and Saturday to review applications and decide on the most suitable placement, which results in the greatest chance of a permanent, rewarding and peaceful existence between animal and owner. This policy has kept our return rates at 5-10%, while the national average at other shelters is close to 50%.

It is our decision and choice to maintain certain criteria and policies for animal adoptions. These policies are for the protection of the animals in our care, as well as those of the adopters. We select the home and environment best suiting the animal's requirements and person adopting.

Our plan yard is available for visitation and introducing other dogs from 11am to 2pm daily. The dogs may be visited in the yard only after they have been examined by the veterinarian. All large breed dogs require a secure fenced yard. We encourage all household members - including other dogs - to meet the prospective pet. We only adopt locally.

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Included with each adoption:

Cats & Kittens - $85.00

* Note: All cats adopted must leave in a carrier (Yours or you may purchase one for $7.50)

Dogs & Puppies - $100.00

Staffing, Volunteering, Fostering

The Animal Shelter is staffed by one part-time and three full-time employees, three animal services officers, and a group of devoted volunteers. In addition to the main responsibility of running the Shelter, the paid staff offer free information on a variety of a pet-related matters, including low-cost, neuter/spay, behavior modification, and dog licensing. Any animal lover looking for a rewarding community experience might well consider signing up to become a volunteer. Volunteers work a minimum of four hours per week, bathing, walking and socializing the animals. They also assist in adoptions and maintain a list of lost and found pets, as well as overseeing the front desk and greeting the public.

We are always looking for foster homes for animals during the emergencies we experience due to our location in Laguna Canyon (flooding, fires, etc).

While the Shelter's basic upkeep and routine operation is funded by the City of Laguna Beach, we are dependent on private donations for expensive surgical procedures, medication, and a small number of dogs rescued from other facilities. Donations also help to fund the educational programs developed by Shelter staff to encourage informed and responsible pet ownership.

Animal Control

(949) 497-0701, then press "1"