San Bernardino Animal Care & Control

800-472-5609 (24-hour hot line).

The City contracts with the County of San Bernardino Animal Care & Control to provide Animal Control services to City residents. The contract is managed by the Administrative Services Department and the General Services/City Clerk Department. The services provided by Animal Care & Control include:

  • Shelter, feed, and care for stray, abandoned, unwanted, and mistreated animals
  • Find homes for the shelter animals that are not claimed by an owner
  • Assist with spay/neuter costs (voucher program)
  • Survey wildlife for rabies
  • Sponsor low-cost rabies clinics so pet owners can protect their animals
  • Provide education to the public about how to be a good pet owner

Pursuant to City of Yucaipa Municipal Code Section 84.0560 (h)(1), it depends on the lot size of your home. You can have a combination of dogs, cats, and/or pot-bellied pigs as follows: Less than 7,200 sq. ft. lot: 2 per lot or unit; 7,200 sq. ft. lot: 3 per lot, 10,000 sq. ft. lot: 4 per lot, 20,000 sq. ft. lot: *5 per lot. (* Five or more require a Special Use Permit (SUP) and a Public Health permit.

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Dog Licensing Information

When your dog is four months old it MUST BE LICENSED – it’s the LAW! In order to receive a license you must take your dog to a veterinarian who will give your dog a rabies shot. The veterinarian will then give you a RABIES CERTIFICATE.

Licensing Fees

If your dog is altered (spayed/neutered) when you license him/her at four months of age you will receive a discount on the license fee ($24.00), ($12.00 for senior citizens 65 years or older with proof of age, or permanently disabled people), but you must provide a copy of your animal’s spay/neuter certificate (along with the rabies certificate). If your dog is not altered, then you will have to pay a higher fee ($96.00) until you have this procedure done. An additional $20 late fee applies if the license application is determined to be late. However, if you license your dog between four and six months of age you may be eligible for spay/neuter credit. For more information, please call 800-472-5609.

How are Licensing Fees Established?

The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors establishes the fees associated with dog licenses. The fee increase for unaltered animals was approved by the Board of Supervisors to address the enormous problem of pet overpopulation and related staffing costs. Private individuals that choose not to spay/neuter their pets and are disgruntled about the unaltered licensing fee are welcome to address the County Board of Supervisors.

How Do I License My Dog?

Licenses may be obtained in person, purchased through the mail, or online.  For instructions on purchasing your license through the mail or online, call San Bernardino County Animal Control at 800-472-5609.

Yucaipa residents may obtain dog licenses in person at City Hall Monday – Thursday from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Fridays 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – (closed alternate Fridays).  You will need to provide proof of a current rabies vaccination to obtain the license.  If your dog is spayed or neutered, you need to include proof of this from a veterinarian as well.

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Licensing Benefits to Dog Owners

  • A license identifies your dog and allows you to be quickly reunited with them in case they ever get lost.
  • Licensed dogs are held much longer at animal shelters (10 days) than unlicensed dogs, which are held for only four days before being made available for adoption or destroyed. Unfortunately, many owners of unlicensed dogs return from a vacation to find that their dogs ran away from a caretaker and were either adopted or destroyed at a local animal shelter. If a dog is wearing a license tag, Animal Care & Control staff will attempt to reach the owner of a licensed dog by mail, telephone, and home visits if necessary.
  • A license ensures that dogs are vaccinated against rabies, a fatal disease.
  • Owners of licensed dogs receive a helpful reminder to revaccinate their pet prior to the rabies vaccine expiration date.
  • Owners who license their dog on time will save court costs and late fees.
  • The State of California mandates that revenue from dog licensing pay for any hospitalization or emergency care of licensed animals. This revenue source assures owners that their licensed animal will be transported to a veterinarian if they are found injured.
  • If a currently vaccinated dog is exposed to a rabies positive animal, it may be quarantined. However, if an animal’s vaccination has expired or is not valid, it is generally destroyed.

Licensing Benefits to Public Health

  • Rabies is a current threat to human and animal health. Dog licensing lowers the overall cost and health risk by making certain that dogs are vaccinated and by providing revenue for prevention programs.
  • A single rabies incident resulting from a dog whose vaccination has expired costs you, the taxpayer, thousands of dollars. This money could be saved and used elsewhere if the dog’s vaccination had been current.

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San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control periodically conducts a door-to-door canvass of neighborhoods in Yucaipa to ensure that all dogs have a current license and rabies vaccination. Pet owners are informed of the canvassing dates prior to the start of each program through the City’s website and news releases issued by the County.

The goal is to increase awareness on the benefits of responsible pet ownership, educate residents regarding the benefits of pet licensure, and to ensure compliance with current Yucaipa Municipal Codes in regards to pet ownership. Yucaipa contracts with the County of San Bernardino Animal Care and Control Program to provide animal control, shelter and licensing services.

In order to avoid a possible citation, pet owners should be prepared to provide the following information if they receive a visit from an Animal License Officer during canvassing:

  • Current Pet License
  • Vaccination Records
  • Spay/Neuter Certificate (if applicable)

If you have not licensed your dog as required, click HERE for license locations and fees. For more information about the canvassing program, please call the San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control Program at 800-472-5609 or visit

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An ID Tag could be Your Pet’s Only Chance to Get Home!

Every year thousands of animals arrive at shelters across the country without any form of identification. That means that it is up to the owner to track down the lost pet, which is often a very difficult thing to do. If an animal is brought to the shelter without any form of identification, then it is held for four to six days (depending on the hours that the shelter is open to the public) before it is placed for adoption or destroyed. However, if the pet has an ID tag with a phone number on it, then the chances are it will not be lost for long. If the animal has a tag on it then the shelter will make every attempt to contact the owner and will hold the animal for 10 days.

There are many ways that you can identify your pet. Identification tags come in all different sizes, shapes, and colors. Styles range from plastic to 14-carat gold. If you have a dog that is over four months of age then the law says that you must provide him/her with a license, which is yet another form of identification. There are also more permanent ways to ID your pet, such as the Microchip or tattooing (call your local veterinarian for details). The most important thing, of course, is to make sure that you ID your pet. Whether your animal lives indoors or outdoors, it should ALWAYS wear an ID tag because you never know what might happen. Why take the risk of losing your precious friend? Do the right thing by being a responsible pet owner –TAG YOUR PET!

For more information, please call the San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control Program at 800-472-5609.

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