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 Departmentís 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.

In an effort to protect the health of our community members and staff, following guidance from state and local health officials, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is currently closed to the public.  Certain time-sensitive services, such as redemption of animals by their owners, can be provided by appointment only.  The City is continuously re-evaluating the COVID-19 risk and our ability to provide other services, such as adoptions of animals in our care, may depend on the most recent guidance received.  Please call the shelter at (949) 718-3454 to inquire about making an appointment for services.  Community members wishing to donate items to the shelter may leave the items outside of the shelter gate for collection.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

Adopt an Animal
For information about our animal adoption process, please click here

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 Animal Shelter during business hours (11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Sunday).

For animals in our care

  • Food and treats
    • IAMS dry dog food
    • IAMS dry cat food
    • Canned dog food - Chicken, Rice & Lamb formula
    • Canned wet cat food
    • Greenies Pill Pockets
    • Peanut butter (smooth)
  • Toys
    • 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
    • Puppy pads

Cleaning supplies

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

Charitable donations may be made through the Friends of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS). FONBAS is a non-profit organization that works to make pets more adoptable through grooming, medical treatment, and training. Donations may be made by check or through PayPal; please see the FONBAS website at http://fonbas.org/make-a-donation.html for more details.

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).

Animal Shelter Fees
The Newport Beach Animal Shelter charges pet owners the following fees, established by City Council resolution or State law, to redeem impounded animals or surrender a pet.
  • Impound fee: $55
  • Daily board & care: $25 per day
  • State-mandated unaltered fine for dog or cat (first impound): $35
  • State-mandated unaltered fine for dog or cat (second impound): $50
  • State-mandated unaltered fine for dog or cat (third or subsequent impound): $100
  • Owner surrender: $100
  • Veterinary medical expenses: Actual cost
Animal adoption fees can be found on our Animal Adoption information page.

Shelter Volunteer Application
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 Animal Shelter Volunteer Application - PDF (813.8 KB)
Adoption Applications
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 Cat Adoption Application (118.1 KB)
 Dog Adoption Application (117.8 KB)
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