This week the World Health Organization classified COVID-19 as a pandemic. The City of La Quinta is posting regular updates from the CDC and Riverside County Public Health about the actions to protect the community and slow the spread.


Animal Control

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COVID-19 Update

Riverside County Department of Animal Services is acting diligently to protect human and animal health during the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, Riverside County animal shelters are open for regular business hours. However, in response to recent developments, we request that anyone requiring services first consult the Department’s website and conduct business via the website or through the call center at (951) 358-7387.

Public Access to Animal Shelters

At this time, public access to our animal shelter facilities is being limited to 5 persons at a time for front counter lobbies and adoption areas. Social distancing of at least 6 feet is required. Understand that wait-times may increase as we strive to protect our community’s health and safety. Thank you in advance for your patience as we all work together through these challenging times

Activities that can be conducted remotely include:

Dog licensing

Can be completed online.


Can be paid online, however, please call (951) 358-7387 and speak to a representative to clear a citation.

Lost pets

If you are looking for a lost pet, please browse the lost and found pets section of the website before coming into the shelter. Come prepared with the animal ID number of any pets you think might be yours.

Pet Adoptions

Please see our animals available for adoption online. Come prepared with animal ID numbers for the pets you are interested in adopting.


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The City of La Quinta contracts with the Coachella Valley Animal Campus for shelter services. If you have lost your pet, are looking to adopt a pet, or want information on the spay/neuter voucher program, contact them at (760) 343-3644.

A number of local resource agencies are available to answer your wild and domesticated animal questions.

Animal Control encourages its residents and visitors to enjoy the rewards of responsible pet ownership. Pet ownership includes responsibility to one’s own pet as well as being considerate to one’s neighbors and community.

The City of La Quinta permits no more than four dogs four months of age or older at any single premises. Dogs must have a City of La Quinta Animal License and be on leash when in public, unless you are in an area where dogs are legally permitted off-leash. Local dog parks are great off-leash exercise options for your dogs.

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How to Reach Us:

PHONE: (760) 343-3644

The City of La Quinta contracts with Riverside County Animal Control for animal calls involving injured, venomous or vicious animals.

Did You Know?

    Three California laws took effect January 1, 2007 that benefit animals:

Dogs cannot be tethered to a stationary object for more than three hours during a 24-hour period.  If tethered, the dog still must have a good range of motion.

Pets cannot be left in vehicles in a dangerous situation whether from the heat or the cold.  Animal control officers are now permitted to break into a vehicle to rescue at-risk animals after trying to locate the owner.  Dogs tied in the back of pickups in extreme hot or cold weather are also covered under the new law.

Felony-level jail time now applies for animal fighting convictions.