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Serving the incorporated areas of Hesperia, California


How long are animals held in the kennels?
Animals are held for four working days, not counting the day they were brought into Animal Control, weekends, holidays, or closed days.

Are pets put to sleep at this facility?
Yes, unfortunately, due to the high numbers of unclaimed large dogs, including many pitbulls, shepherds, rottweilers, and the like, some must be put to sleep.

What pets are pictured on this site?
Virtually all dogs in the kennels, whose owners are unknown, are listed and photographed.  On a rare ocassion, a photo may be missed, if the animal is at the vet's when we come through.  In this case, a description is given and a photo is taken when possible.

What pets, that have been in Hesperia Animal Control, are not pictured on this site?
Pets that were impounded and reclaimed by owners in the interim, pets whose owners requested euthanasia, and pets, who are otherwise unadoptable, whose owners are aware of their impound, are not pictured. Also, dead (road-kill) dogs are not pictured.

How often are the pictures taken?
Pictures are taken twice weekly (Monday and Thursday). This schedule allows owners a chance to see their lost pet online before the "claim by" date.  See Hours/Days for the photo schedule.

When are the pictures posted?
Pictures are usually posted the evening of the day they are taken or the following morning.   On occasion, we may be late.   This site is exclusively a volunteer effort.  See Hours/Days for the photo schedule.

When do animals become "available for adoption"?
If an owner does not claim a pet within three working days of the pet being impounded, the animal becomes available for adoption on the fourth day.   During the four days, prospective adoptive owners may put their name on a list for that animal, in anticipation that the animal is not claimed by its owner.  We emphasize that only after the holding time of three working days is the animal "available for adoption".

Are there pets available for adoption at your shelter?
We have an "Adoption Row" of dogs ready to go home today.  Most other dogs and cats are available for adoption, if their owners don't claim them.  Come and look... you'll find some adorable pets who are just waiting to give lots of love.

Can all animals be adopted or sponsored?
No, animals that Hesperia Animal Control officers deem to pose a danger to the public will not be adopted. These are usually large dogs that display agressive behavior to other animals or people.

What is the difference between "Adoption Row" and "In the Kennels"?
"Adoption Row" pets have passed the time for the owners to claim them, have become wards of the city, and are up for adoption. "In the Kennels" dogs are waiting to be claimed by their owners, but possible adoptive owners may place their name on a list for a particular dog by informing the office staff.

What is the procedure for adopting a pet from Hesperia Animal Control?
For any animal, you may put your name on a list for that particular animal, before it is available for adoption. Local area residents must come in place their names on an animal.  If out of the area, such as San Francisco or other states, or a rescue organization, call 760-947-1722 regarding adoptions.  You are given a day and time to return to Hesperia Animal Control, to adopt your chosen pet.  You must claim the pet within one hour, or the next person on the list may adopt the pet.  Some dogs may be determined to be unadoptable and be unclaimable.   Animals can not be released, until they have been spayed or neutered.

Which dogs and cats go to other organizations for adoption?
 If unclaimed by the owner, pets recommended by Hesperia Animal Control staff or chosen by local rescues or breed rescue organizations, as particuarly adoptable, go out for adoption. Rescues may call to place their name on a pet.

How much are adoption fees?
$65 for dogs (includes spay/neuter, distemper/parvo (5 in 1), & rabies) license fees not included
$50 for cats (includes spay/neuter, 4 in 1)
$50 refund for dogs, $40 refund for cats, if it doesn't work out.
$95 for puppies and $80 for kittens too young to spay or neuter.  $30 is refundable, after proof they were fixed by the predesignated vet.

What is included in the adoption fee?
 Spay/neuter, three months Hesperia license, shots, and a vet check.

What kind and how many animals are my home zoned for?
The City has multiple zoning areas.  The animals you are allowed to have will depend on the zone you live in and the size of your lot.  More information is available through the Hesperia's City's Planning Department at 947-1700 or call your local city planning department.

Is there a leash law in the City of Hesperia?
Yes. These laws protect citizens and their pets. They help to prevent bites, animal fights, tipped trash cans, traffic accidents, lost dogs and diseases passed from wild or stray animals. If found to be in violation of the leash law, a dog can be impounded and/or the owner can be cited.

Where can I get my pet spayed or neutered?
There are many fine veterinarians in the area. Check the High Desert Insider veterinarian listings and call several to find one that will satisfy your needs.

What vaccinations are needed to get my dog licensed?
A current rabies vaccination given by a California licensed veterinarian is the only one state law requires. Other vaccines are recommended for your pet's protection.

Does my cat have to be vaccinated for rabies and licensed?
While highly recommended, this is a voluntary program and not required by law.

Where can I get low-cost vaccination services for my pet?
Most veterinarians offer low cost vaccination clinics.   Call one of them and ask for the dates and times.   Currently, a rabies clinic is not available at Hesperia Animal Control, as no veterinarian is available.

This site is to assist searching for a pet. Some pets may not be pictured. Again, please go to shelters in person to locate a pet. Animal Control may not hold your pet longer than the normal holding period of four working days. Although pictured here on a specific date, that may not be the date the pet was brought in and it may be the pet's last day.


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