With the County of San Diego’s decision to stop providing animal control services, the City of Carlsbad has awarded a contract to the San Diego Humane Society to take over this responsibility.
Starting July 1, Carlsbad residents should call 619-243-3466 for animal-related concerns such as strays, barking dogs and emergencies; visit sdhumane.org for information about adoptions, lost and found pets, and other services; and visit the following shelters at:
San Luis Rey Location (dogs only)
2905 San Luis Rey Road
Oceanside, CA 92058
(Oceanside) Airport Road Location
(for cats & small animals)
572 Airport Road
Oceanside, CA 92058
The phone number for both shelters is 619-299-7012. The hours for both are:
Monday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The County of San Diego’s shelter on Palomar Airport Road will remain open to the public for adoption services and to claim stray pets picked up in unincorporated parts of San Diego County. The county continues to provide animal services to the unincorporated areas as it considers continuing to provide this service in-house compared to contracting them to San Diego Humane Society. That decision is expected in the next few months.
Services provided by the San Diego Humane Society to Carlsbad residents starting July 1 include:
Patrolling, picking up and sheltering strays
Dog licensing and license renewal
Affordable community veterinary assistance programs such as spaying and neutering.
PAWS San Diego, a safety-net program for the elderly, homebound, 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
Public education and pet behavior modification programs
Disaster response, such as large and small animal evacuations and emergency sheltering
Animal relinquishment, rehoming and euthanasia (upon owner’s request)
Existing pet licenses will remain in effect until they expire, at which point residents can purchase a new one from San Diego Humane Society.
San Diego Humane Society officers and duly trained license coordinators are authorized to issue criminal and administrative citations
Other cities that will transfer animal services July 1 from the county to the San Diego Humane Society include Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach. The San Diego Humane Society already provides animal services to the cities of Escondido, Imperial Beach, Oceanside, Poway, San Marcos and Vista.
By working closely with local shelters and animal rescue groups, the San Diego Humane Society has achieved a 94 percent live release rate for the past four years and has not euthanized a healthy or treatable animal since 2001.
City of Carlsbad media contact
Kristina Ray, 760-434-2957 or Kristina.firstname.lastname@example.org
San Diego Humane Society media contact
Dariel Walker, 619-299-7012 ext. 2251 office, 619-250-6801 cell, dwalker@sdhumane