Our Animal Control Unit provides services for domesticated pets and wildlife. In addition to the information below, we also have separate pages for Animal Shelter and Adoptions and Coyote Information.
If an animal bites a human and breaks the skin, a quarantine of the animal may be required. Notify Animal Control as soon as possible after a bit occurs, so we may arrange for quarantine, if needed.
Reporting an Animal Bite
All bite incidents need to be reported to Animal Control. If bites are not reported, the important precaution of quarantine cannot be implemented.
Report an animal bite is also important because it documents animal behavior. If an animal has a history of biting, those bite incidents need to be reported so that action can be taken.
In the case of bites by wildlife, it is very important that Animal Control be called immediately so they can attempt to capture the biting animal. If the wild animal can be captured, it can then be tested for rabies. The Orange County Health Department will make the determination on weather or not rabies treatment will be required.
Dogs and cats are subject to quarantine, even if they are current on their rabies vaccination.
Not all animals need to be quarantined. The Orange County Health Department mice, rats, gophers, squirrels, chipmunks, guinea pigs, rabbits and other such rodents are among those animals not required to be quarantined.
Quarantine is usually 10 days for dogs and cats, 14 days for other animals, and is usually accomplished by restricting the animal to its home. In some cases the quarantine may be served at the Newport Beach Animal Shelter or another boarding facility that is approved by the animal control officer and/or the Orange County Health Department.
Types of Quarantines
- Animal vs. Human: When any warm-blooded animal breaks the skin of a human with its teeth, the human may be exposed to rabies.
- Pet vs. Wildlife: When a pet dog/cat has come in physical contact with a wild mammal (e.g., skunk, bat, raccoon, etc.)
- Government: When an animal comes into the United States from another country.
Every person owning or having custody of any dog four months of age or older must license the dog within 30 days of acquisition or within 30 days of moving to Newport Beach. Proof of a California approved rabies vaccination is needed to obtain a license.
Cat licensing is not mandatory in Newport Beach.
Reasons to License Your Dog
- Licensing is required by State and County Ordinances in order to control rabies.
- Licensing provides necessary information to support investigations of cruelty, neglect, abandonment, and dog bites.
- A license indicates ownership of a dog. If your dog is ever lost, the license information allows Animal Control to contact you using the information on file.
To obtain a dog license in Newport Beach, please click here. You can either license your dog online, or print an application which can be submitted in person at our front desk.
The Newport Beach Dog Park is located at Avocado Avenue and San Miguel. Park users may either park in the public parking spaces on Avocado or visitor parking in the parking structure at the Civic Center (100 Civic Center Drive). If you choose to park in the parking structure, you will need to walk through the Civic Center Park and cross San Miguel via the pedestrian bridge to reach the dog park.
The following stray animals are currently in custody at the Newport Beach Animal Shelter.
Please note that it may take a couple hours for animals recently impounded to appear on this page. This listing does not include animals that have been in our custody long enough to be made available for adoption (typically 5-7 days), or animals on a police hold due to safekeeping, quarantine, or evidentiary impounds. Please call Animal Control at 949-718-3454 if you believe your pet may be at our shelter.
We highly recommend all of the following steps in order to find your missing pet:
- Contact our shelter at 949-718-3454 to report a lost pet.
- It is always helpful to provide a photograph of your pet. Please provide a copy (not an original photo) to our shelter.
- Make fliers or posters and circulate them with your neighbors. (Note: it is unlawful to put such materials inside a mailbox or tack them to trees or poles on private property).
- Check with local Veterinary Hospitals and be sure to leave a detailed description of your lost pet.
- It is not uncommon for a lost pet to wander for several miles or to be picked up by someone from another city. You should expand your search beyond Newport Beach and visit other nearby shelters.
Don't give up! Many animals are reunited with their owners weeks after becoming lost.
Please license, microchip and tag your animals.
The Animal Control Unit provides the following services to the Newport Beach community:
- Patrol the beaches, parks, and neighborhoods to enforce local, state, and federal laws
- Respond to citizen complaints and inquiries
- Transport injured animals to care facilities
- Pick up stray and abandoned animals
- Return stray animals to owners whenever possible
- Investigate and report any animal bites
- Investigate and prepare cases for court
- Conduct permit inspections for private and commercial animal establishments
- Provide city-sponsored aid and mutual aid to other agencies
- Provide assistance to police officers when an animal is involved
We receive many calls about wildlife from residents throughout the year. In an effort to alleviate these concerns, we have some helpful tips to discourage wildlife activity in your neighborhood.
- Keep pet food indoors and do not leave food outside at night.
- Keep cats and small dogs indoors or close to an adult.
- Remove any fruit which has fallen to the ground.
- Keep yards free from thick brush and weeds.
- Enclose the bottoms of porches and decks.
- Eliminate garbage, debris, lumber piles, etc.
- Check fencing and try to eliminate access points to roof tops.
- Change automatic sprinkler settings regularly.
Taking these preventive measures should help in deterring wildlife from visiting your yard. Please remember that if the three life-sustaining elements (food, water, and shelter) are available, you are likely to encounter some wildlife in the surrounding area.
Call us at 949-644-3717. Animal control officers will respond to pick it up.
Special note about stray cats: Animal Control will pick up a cat that has strayed onto your property, but only if you have it confined. You must have the cat constrained in a box, carrier, or "Have a Heart" trap.
Leave the swarm alone and do one of the following:
- If the bees are on City-owned property, please call us at 949-644-3717 and request an Animal Control response.
- If the bees are on private property, contact a local bee keeper or pest control company to assist.