Animal Services

Animal Control

The City of Alameda is dedicated to keeping a safe, clean environment for you and your pet, and providing excellent care for lost and abandoned animals. 


To report a stray, aggressive, injured, deceased animal; or an animal bite, at all times please contact Alameda Police dispatch at (510) 337-8340.


The City has one full-time and one part-time Animal Control Officer. Currently, an animal control officer is on duty Wednesday through Saturday from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.  They have jurisdiction from Alameda Point to Harbor Bay Parkway and everything in between, including Coast Guard Island. The Animal Control Officers enforce the laws of the City. They pick up stray animals, patrols the streets, parks, and beaches, and removes animal carcasses. They also respond to barking dog complaints, aggressive animals, and bite incidents. They are always ready and willing to offer advice on responsible pet ownership.


If you would like to leave a message or discuss an on-going issue with animal control, please contact (510) 337-8562 or


See below for Alameda City Ordinances that all Pet Owners Should Know!


Homeless Pets/Adoptions/Licensing

Effective January 1, 2012, the City of Alameda entered into an agreement for the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) to take over Animal Shelter Services, including adoption services for dogs, cats, rabbits and other domestic pets.


FAAS accepts lost and owner surrendered pets from Alameda residents brought to the shelter during open hours. To report a stray dog or cat, please call Animal Control.  


FAAS currently provides Licensing Service as well. All dogs and cats residing in Alameda (4 months or older) must be vaccinated against rabies and licensed by the City of Alameda. More information here:


The Animal Shelter is located at:

1590 Fortmann Way

Alameda, CA 94501



Shelter hours are:

Wednesday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Thursday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays


Check out the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter website.


Next FAAS Board Meeting

December 19, 2018 

Past meeting agendas and minutes 



In the spring and summer it is not uncommon to find litters of kittens. For tips on what to do when you find kittens, go to!-now-what/



From time to time, you might encounter unwanted wildlife on your property. Make sure you are not making your home an attractive place for unwanted guests:

  • Secure garbage bins and composts
  • Don't leave fallen fruit on the ground
  • Eliminate seed spillage from bird feeders
  • Feed pets inside only


If you need help with an orphaned or injured wild animal and cannot reach City of Alameda animal control, please contact one of the following wildlife rehabilitation facilities.

Lindsay Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital, Walnut Creek, (925) 935-1978

Ohlone Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Fremont, (510) 797-9449

Sulpher Creek Nature Center, Hayward, (510) 881-6747. $30 donation suggested

WildCare, San Rafael, (415) 456-SAVE (7283)

Be sure to call ahead before you take an animal to one of these facilities so the wildlife experts can help you determine whether an animal really needs your help.

For more tips on living with wildlife, check out these pages:

Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley

Hayward Area Recreation & Parks District


Baby Birds

Baby birds that are mostly feathered but cannot fly are called fledglings. After leaving the nest, fledglings spend about a week hopping on the ground and perching in low bushes while their feathers finish growing in. Their parents are nearby and periodically swoop in to feed them. Unless a fledgling is in direct danger (such as being stalked by a cat or trying to cross a busy road), it does not need rescuing. (Note: If you have touched a baby bird, just put it back where you found it. The parents will not reject it; this is a myth. In fact, birds have a poor sense of smell.)


Alameda City Ordinances All Pet Owners Should Know
License and Vaccination- 7-3.1/7-3.4
All dogs and cats residing in Alameda (4 months or older) must be vaccinated against rabies and licensed by the City of Alameda.

Number of Dogs- 7-3.7
No more than three (3) dogs per household.

Control of Feces-7.3.9b
Animal owners must remove animal feces from public and private property.

Dogs must be leashed and under control in public parks.

Dogs must be kept confined to owner's yard or under control on leash.

No dogs allowed on beach.

Barking Dog-7-3.10
Excessive uncontrolled barking. Please Note: An officer must witness the excessive barking for at least 10 consecutive min in order to issue a citation.  If the dog owners are not home, the Animal Control Officer will issue a "notice to comply" and do follow-ups.