Public Works

Animal Services

California state law requires all dogs over 4 months old to be licensed and vaccinated for rabies. The City of Riverside also requires that both dogs and cats be spayed or neutered, and have microchips in case they are lost. The City of Riverside contracts with the County of Riverside to provide its animal services through the Riverside County Department of Animal Services (RCDAS). owner with dog

Animal Shelter Holiday Hours Schedule for 2015

2015 Holiday Animal Shelter Hours Flyer

Veteran's Day Holiday

  • Wednesday 11/11/15: All shelters closed to the public, minimum staffing to care for animals

Thanksgiving Holidays

  • Thursday 11/26/15: All shelters closed to public, minimum staffing to care for animals.
  • Friday 11/27/15: All shelters closed to the public, minimum staffing to care for animals.

Saturday after Thanksgiving Sale 11/28/15.
All shelters will be open for “Black Saturday Adoption Event."
FREE dogs, cats or pocket pets (rabbits, etc.)
Spread the word, we would love for every animal to get a “forever home” for the holidays!

All Staff Training Day

  • Saturday 12/5/15: All shelters closed to the public, minimum staffing to care for animals

Christmas Holidays

  • Thursday 12/24/15: All shelters will be open from 10am to 1pm
  • Friday 12/25/15: All shelters closed to the public, minimum staffing to care for animals

New Year's Holidays

  • Thursday 12/31/15: Riverside and San Jacinto shelters will be open from 11am to 6pm, CVAC will be open from 12pm to 6pm, and Blythe shelter will be open from 10am to 4pm.
  • Friday 1/1/16: All shelters closed to public, minimum staffing to care for animals.
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    Animal Services Included:

    Clinic Services

    • Spaying and Neutering
    • Vaccinations
    • Low-Cost Rabies Clinics

    Field Services

    • Stray, Injured and Dead Animal Complaints
    • Animal Turn-In
    • Cruelty Investigations
    • Barking Dog Complaints
    • Leash Law Violations
    • Rabies Reports
    • Bite Reports and Quarantines

    Shelter Services

    • Adoptions
    • Animal Turn-In
    • Animal Behavior Classes
    • Upkeep of Impounded Animals
    • Barking Dog Complaints
    • Rabies Reports
    • Bite Reports and Quarantines
    • Collection of Fees from Licenses
    • Collection of Fees from Leash Law Violations
    • Animal Records

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    Riverside City/County Animal Shelter

    6851 Van Buren Blvd
    Riverside, CA 92509
    (951) 358-7387 (PETS)

    A friendlier shelter was built on 12.5 acres on Van Buren Blvd and Clay Street in Riverside. This 64,000 sq ft facility accommodates approximately 30,000 dogs, cats, horses, hamsters and other creatures annually.

    For additional information, please contact the Department of Animal Services at (951) 358-7387.

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    Spay & Neutercat

    Hundreds of homeless animals come into our Riverside City/County shelters every day. Pet over population is a huge problem, but there is a solution. Please spay or neuter your animal companions!

    Spay or Neuter Charges

    • Dogs- $85
    • Cats-  $40

    For more information, please call (951) 358-7373.


    “Spay-it-Forward” is a campaign focused on combating pet overpopulation in the City of Riverside and neighboring communities through subsidized spay (female) /neuter (male) services.

    Any individual who owns an unaltered Cat, Pit Bull, Pit Bull “mix”, Chihuahua, Chihuahua “mix” or any puppy or kitten under six (6) months of age, meets income qualification levels, and can prove residence in zip code 92501 or 92509 by providing a current utility bill may qualify. For more information click here.

    Please download and complete the Spay-it-Forward Application and return it to the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center via fax at (951) 359-6417, email at, or mail it to Spay-it-Forward, Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center, 6165 Industrial Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504. To download the application click here English Version Spanish Version.

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    Lost & Found Animals

    If you have lost an animal, there are several ways you can better the chance of locating your pet. Please CLICK HERE for additional information

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    Noisy Animal/Barking Dog Complaint

    Animal Services personnel work with members of the public to seek ways to significantly reduce the barking dog problems within specific neighborhoods of complaint.

    You cannot remain anonymous when filing a Noisy Animal Complaint because your neighbors need to know who their animals are disturbing.

    To start the noisy animal process, please contact Animal Services at (951) 358-7387. This may be useful information to share with dog owners to reach a solution without involving Animal Services.

    RCDAS website -Barking Dog

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    Kennel and Cattery Permits

    Anyone who keeps more than five dogs, more than ten cats, or more than ten dogs and cats in any combination per dwelling unit or business establishment is required to obtain a Kennel or Cattery permit.

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    Additional Information

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