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Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control webpage

Office Location

11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
Phone: 562-940-6898


Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control:
Monday – Thursday 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Closed Sunday and Holidays
This shelter provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week animal services. 


North - South: Exit the Long Beach Freeway at Imperial Highway;
Shelter is located on Garfield Avenue, one block South of Imperial, East of the Long Beach Freeway.

East - West: Exit the Glen Anderson Freeway (105) at Garfield, then go North on Garfield to the shelter.


  • Shelter stray dogs, cats and other animals, including livestock.
  • Enforce the leash law that forbids dogs from running at large.
  • Remove dead animals.
  • Investigate cases of suspected animal abuse and neglect and the impoundment of animals seized in such cases.
  • Assist local law enforcement agencies in raids to end illegal dog and cock-fighting activities.
  • Impound dangerous or vicious dogs and coordinate hearings on their disposition.
  • Respond to special animal control problems caused by natural disasters, such as fires, floods and earthquakes. The Department has a mobile field command post that can travel to the command center of a disaster area and operate as the on-site communications and control headquarters for animal-related rescue work.
  • Relocate and return to nature, when possible, wild animals that migrate into urban areas. The Department works with the California Department of Fish and Game and the County Department of Agriculture in dealing with predator animals such as mountain lions and coyotes.
  • Investigate complaints relating to excessive animal noise, including barking dogs and crowing fowl.
  • Inspect and license pet shops, animal boarding kennels, pet grooming parlors, wild animal compounds and exhibitions as well as guard dog firms and guard dogs owned by individual businesses.
  • License dogs in accordance with California Health and Safety Code Sec. 1920 and registration of cats under Los Angeles County Code Sec. 10.24.020.


  • The Alhambra Municipal Code states that it is unlawful for an owner to keep, maintain or harbor a dog that disturbs the peace and quiet of the neighborhood by loud barking.
  • Only two domestic dogs are allowed per household. Dogs may not run around at large (in the neighborhood).
  • To report a noise complaint, contact the Department of Animal Care and Control at 562-940-6898 , or submit a Noise Complaint online

TITLE XVII: ANIMALS, Chapter 7.20.150 Loud Barking
TITLE XVII: ANIMALS, Chapter 7.20.120 Keeping More than Two Dogs Prohibited
TITLE XVII: ANIMALS, Chapter 7.20.158 Dogs Restrained from Running at Large


  • Spay/neuter your dog (this often reduces aggressive tendencies).
  • Never leave infants or young children alone with a dog.
  • Don’t play aggressive games with your dog (e.g., wrestling).
  • Properly socialize and train any dog entering your household.
  • Immediately seek professional advice (e.g., from veterinarians, animal behaviorists, or responsible trainers) if the dog develops aggressive or undesirable behaviors. 

For more information about caring for a dog, as well as dog bites and basic safety tips, review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Home & Recreational Safety webpage about dog bites.


New Ballot Format

MeasureAL is the only local item on your ballot. Please make sure to find the local section of your ballot and participate.


An innovative voter-centered approach to voting for Los Angeles County begins in 2020. In March 2020, the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters will be experimenting with a new ballot format and voting system – Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) where new voting technology will be implemented and City-related elections and ballot measures appear in a different place on your ballot.  

Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) was developed by the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) in 2009 to address an aging voting system and an increasingly large and complex electorate. The project seeks a collaborative approach to voting system design that will put voters at the center and maximize stakeholder participation. Through field research and coalition building, the RR/CC has pioneered a voter-centered approach to voting system design and development.

The entire ballot format and voting system will look different, and the City of Alhambra wants to make sure our voters understand these changes and can fully participate in the election. To get more information or to experience the new format, visit: the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters at .

Changes in State Voter Registration Laws

Exciting news! Due to recent changes in California voter registration laws, eligible Alhambra residents now have more time to register to vote and participate in the upcoming March 3 Municipal Election!  

If you’ve recently moved and need to re-register, or are registering to vote for the first time, you can register to vote on the same day of the election by visiting any voting center in Los Angeles County.  For more information, visit the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters:

Learn More About Voting Solutions for All People Project

Explore the New Voting Experience at a VSAP Demo Center

Attend a Public Hearing and/or Provide Input on the County's Election Administration Plan

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