Animal Control FAQ

Q: How much does it cost to adopt a cat or dog?

A: The adoption fee for dogs and cats is $80. All are spayed or neutered, given their initial vaccinations and micro chipped.
The shelter frequently has rabbits, reptiles, rodents and birds available for adoption. Fees vary.

Q: How long do we keep animals?

A: All adoptable animals are kept as long as they remain healthy and retain an adoptable temperament.

Q: How do I complain about a noisy animal?

A: Please send a letter to the Shelter stating your name, address and phone number along with the exact address of where the problem animal is located, and a brief description of the problem. You must be willing to appear in court regarding your complaint if there is a need to prosecute.

Q: How do I contact an Animal Control Officer?

A: Call 619-441-1580. Leave a message with your information for an officer to contact you. If the shelter is closed, Dial 0 and you will be connected to the El Cajon Police Department who will have an officer contact you.

Q: How much is a dog license?

A:Refer to the table below

Dog License Fees
Type 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years
Altered Dogs $20 $25 $30
Unaltered Dogs $30 $40 $50
Late Fee $15
Replacement/Transfer Fee $5