Our Animal Shelter

The City of Newport Beach has partnered with Home Free Animal Rescue & Sanctuary to provide boarding, care, and feeding of animals collected by the Police Department’s Animal Control Division.

These services will be coordinated through the Police Department, and not directly handled by Home Free Animal Sanctuary. Members of the public with questions about the shelter should call the Animal Shelter Office at 949-718-3454.  If our staff members are busy assisting our customers, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.  Please do not call this number to request Animal Control field services.  To request an Animal Control Officer respond to a field incident, please call Police Dispatch at 949-644-3717.

Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive in Newport Beach. The shelter is open from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Sunday.  The shelter is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Please call the shelter for more information or stop by to see the animals. 

Support the Shelter
There are several ways to support the Animal Shelter. Donations of supplies, funds, and time are gladly accepted, following the guidelines below.

The Police Department welcomes donations of the following approved animal care and cleaning items. Donated items can be dropped off at the Department's front desk during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily).

For animals in our care

  • Food and treats
    • IAMS dry dog food
    • IAMS dry cat food
    • Nutro MAX Adult canned dog food - Chicken, Rice & Lamb formula
    • Greenies Pill Pockets
    • Peanut butter (smooth)
  • Toys (no used toys, please)
    • New Kong toys (all sizes, but especially larger ones)
    • New soft dog toys
    • New cat/kitten scratchers and toys
  • Grooming, hygiene, and comfort
    • Kuranda dog beds from Kuranda.com
    • Cat beds
    • Cat litter and cat litter boxes
    • Disposable dog waste bags
    • New (unused) leashes, harnesses and collars
    • Cat bowls
    • Dog shampoo
    • Towels, blankets, and wash cloths

Cleaning Supplies

  • Dish soap
  • Tide laundry detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Sponges and scrub pads
  • Lint rollers

Charitable monetary donations may be made to the Pick-a-Pet Foundation. The foundation works to make pets more adoptable through grooming, medical treatment, and training. Checks should be made out to the City of Newport Beach, noting “Pick-a-Pet foundation” in the memo line, and may be dropped off at the Animal Shelter or Police Department Front Desk during business hours, or mailed to Animal Control's attention at the Police Department (870 Santa Barbara Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660). These monies are eligible for charitable donation tax reductions; a tax receipt will be provided to each donor.

The Police Department is currently accepting applications from members of the public who are interested in volunteering at the Animal Shelter. All applicants must be over the age of 18, have valid health insurance, and maintain an active tetanus vaccination. Potential volunteers will be fingerprinted by the Police Department as part of the application process.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Animal Shelter, please complete and sign the application below. Completed applications may be submitted by hand at the front desk, by email (aco@nbpd.org), or by mail (Newport Beach Police Department, ATTN: Animal Control, 870 Santa Barbara Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660).

Shelter Volunteer Application
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 Animal Shelter Volunteer Application - PDF (813.8 KB)
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