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All dogs in Orange County over the age of four months are required by law to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. Residents owning or having custody of any dog must license the dog within 15 days of acquisition or within 15 days after the license becomes due. Residents must provide proof of a California approved rabies vaccination to obtain a license (OCCO 4-1-70). Cat licensing is optional and available through OC Animal Care. Licensing your dog provides necessary information to support investigations of cruelty, neglect, abandonment and dog bites. Licensing also indicates ownership of a dog. If your dog is found, OC Animal Care will call and send you a letter. For more information on licensing, please visit OCAC’s page or call (714) 935-6848.
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Call Orange County Animal Care's (OCAC) Service Request Line at 714-935-6848 and OC Animal Care will pick it up. It is OCAC’s goal to handle all calls for service as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, due to their abnormally low staffing, calls for service must be prioritized in order of importance with those affecting public safety being handled first. Non-emergency calls may take several hours to days to handle.
Speak to your neighbor. If this fails to resolve the problem, file a barking dog complaint by completing OCAC’s Barking Dog Complaint Form (PDF) or call OCAC’s Operations Department at 714-796-6442. For more information on barking dog complaints or the barking dog complaint process, please visit OCAC’s page.
OC Animal Care has a variety of animals, including dogs, cats and exotic pets available for adoption. We encourage you to come down and select a pet to your liking. You can also check out the Adoption page for more information.
To locate for your lost pet currently at OC Animal Care, visit OCAC’s page for lost pets.
The best way to protect your pets is to ensure you are prepared for these situations. Visit OCAC’s page for Disaster Preparedness tips for small and large animals.