Animal Care

The City contracts with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) which promotes and protects public safety and animal care through sheltering, pet placement programs, education, and animal law enforcement. They provide animal control and rescue services 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Animal Care Grant Program

To help enhance animal care services provided in the City, the City is offering an Animal Care Grant Program to local nonprofit organizations that provide animal care services.

Eligible organizations can choose to apply between two different grant categories for up to $7,500 in projects related to animal spay/neuter programs or clinics and/or up to $3,500 for general animal support.  Priorities include helping to solve animal overpopulation issues through increased spay and neuter services, and helping to provide rescue dogs and cats, or those waiting for adoption, with a safe place to reside, ensuring all of their basic needs are met.

Applications for the 2024 cycle of Animal Care Grants are currently being accepted.  Download an Application Information Packet that details the requirements and guidelines for the program.  Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2024.  

Applications may be submitted via the Animal Care Grant form online, or delivered by hard copy to the following address:

City of Santa Clarita
Attn: Karine Darabedyan
Re: Animal Care Grant Program
23920 Valencia Blvd., Suite 120
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Public Information Meeting: January 30, 2024

To learn more about the Program, interested organizations are invited to attend a Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, via Zoom.

The meeting will include a thorough overview of the entire grants and application process including timeline, funding eligibility, and other criteria.

To participate using Zoom, please use the following:
Meeting ID: 853 8705 3435
Passcode: 2392
Zoom Webinar direct link:
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Please find the presentation slides for the Public Information Meeting here: 2024 Information Session

Adopting a Pet

Walk-in to the Castaic Animal Care Center Monday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to visit and consider adopting! You can also see the animals at the Care Center at Call the shelter at (661) 257-3191 for more information.

No or Low-Cost Services

Contact DACC for pet licensing, low-cost vaccinations, microchipping and spay and neutering. Visit the DACC website or call
(661) 940-4191.

Dangerous Animals, Animal Rescue, and Other Investigations

Animal Control Officers protect communities from dangerous animals, rescue sick/injured/stray animals, investigate animal cruelty, conduct animal licensing inspections, and remove deceased animals from public places. Visit the DACC website or call (661) 940-4191 to make a report or follow up on a case.

Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic

The City is pleased to partner with DACC and Simi Valley Non-Profit Spay and Neuter Clinic to provide low-cost spay/neuter services for pet owners in financial need. The mobile clinic will be stationed every Monday in the Newhall Community Center parking lot. Pet owners interested in receiving services for their pet(s) must call (805) 584-3823 for an appointment – leave a voicemail and indicate that you are calling for the Santa Clarita program.

Department of Animal Care and Control
Castaic Animal Care Center
31044 Charlie Canyon Road
Castaic, CA 91384 | (661) 257-3191