Animal Control

Animal Control

Effective July 1, 2023, the City of Imperial Beach contracts with the City of Chula for Animal Services. These include animal care services such as shelter and licensing, and animal control.

Contact Information

Animal Dispatch: 619.476.2476
Animal Shelter: 619-476-2477

Animal Care Facility
130 Beyer Way
Chula Vista, CA 91911 

Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
Closed daily 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Interactions and adoptions end 1 hour prior to closing.

Report an emergency

Appointments are recommended; however, walk-ins are accepted for most services. Appointments will be given priority. Click here to schedule an appointment.

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

Call 619.476.2476 for animal-related concerns such as bites, suspected cruelty, neglect, injured animals or sick or injured wildlife and stray animals running at large.

Animal Control Field Services

Chula Vista Animal Services has officers in the field handling a variety of animal cruelty complaints. Officers get their enforcement powers from the California Penal Code 830.9 & 836 and can exercise the powers of a peace officer while investigating animal-related crimes. Officers undergo substantial training in animal care, laws, and regulations, and continue education throughout their careers.

Chula Vista Animal Services is responsible for responding to animal related calls for service from the public including picking up injured domestic animals, monitoring and responding to bites and enforcing rabies related quarantines, addressing dangerous domestic animal situations, investigating cruelty, abuse, neglect and more. 

Other Services for Residents

  • Lost and Found Pets
  • Pet Licensing 
  • Adopt a Dog
  • Adopt a Cat
  • Adopt Other Pets
  • Spay and Neuter
  • Foster Care Program
  • Trap-Neuter-Return- Program utilized by the community to reduce the community cat population. Residents can rent a trap (as supplies are available) and trap known community cats. Drop off at facility on surgery days (Tues/Thur) between 8:30 and 9am for spay/neuter, vaccinations, ear tip and reporting party picks up that afternoon to release back to the cat’s community/home (this is a service with no charge to residents). Call 619.476.2477 for more information.
  • Community Cat Program Community members can trap and bring in known community cats for treatment (this is a service with no charge to residents). Call 619.476.2477 for more information.

Dog Licensing

Chula Vista Animal Services has partnered with DocuPet to provide an enhanced pet licensing experience. Pet licenses can be purchased and renewed online. 
Visit DocuPet to license your pet and pay your dog license fee.

Each DocuPet tag serves as a pet’s official license and comes equipped with the HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service, which relies on a dedicated full-time dispatch staff and linked pet profiles to help get lost pets home quickly.

Wild Animals 

If you find an injured, ill or orphaned wild animal, call 619-476-2476.

Leash Laws

Keeping dogs on leash when in public not only protects other animals and people, but it keeps them safe as well. It is illegal to walk your dog off leash unless you are in a designated off-leash area.

The law specifies that:

  • Dogs are required to be restrained at all times.
  • Away from home: a dog must be on leash unless he is in a designated off-leash area, like a beach or park.
  • At home: a dog must be restrained by a fence or other containment system.

Even if you are confident your dog will stay by your side without a leash, it could still make other dogs uncomfortable and put your dog in danger. Leash laws are in place to ensure the safety of dogs, humans and other animals. Violators maybe cited under Imperial Beach Municipal Code Section 6.04.060.