Officers from the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) will be conducting field licensing enforcement in the unincorporated area of Lancaster (zip code 93536) and Palmdale (zip codes 95551, 93550 and 93552) beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Field enforcement efforts are designed to ensure that residents’ dogs and cats are in compliance with mandatory licensing requirements, spay/neuter, and microchipping. Additionally, California law requires that all dogs over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies and licensed. In addition, the County of Los Angeles requires the same for all cats. As of January 1, 2014, puppies may be vaccinated at three months but are not required to be vaccinated until four months of age. Securing a dog or cat license is essential to assisting animal control agencies if a pet becomes lost.

 Pet owners must be in compliance with licensing, spay/neuter, and microchipping if they reside in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County (as well as within cities that contract with the county and who have adopted the county’s Title 10 ordinance). Residents not in compliance will be subject to license fees, delinquency charges, and a $40 field enforcement fee (to offset the cost of the Department’s field services). In order to avoid penalties, be sure your pet is licensed. You can secure a new license by printing the application online at www.animalcare.lacounty.gov and mailing it to us or by visiting your local County animal care center. Residents may also renew online if their pet’s license is not delinquent online at  www.animalcare.lacounty.gov. Information on licensing fees can also be found on the website.

DACC offers low-cost vaccination/microchips clinics (microchips are now $15, which includes an AVID registration) and low-cost assistance (for individuals who qualify) for spay and neuter surgeries. Visit the website or stop by your local County of Los Angeles animal care center for more information about these services.