City launches canvassing program for animal care and control

The City of Santa Clarita is partnering with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) to launch a six-month animal care and control survey program.

Municipal staff are set to go door-to-door to educate residents about responsible animal care, according to city officials.

“Per Santa Clarita municipal code, all dogs over 4 months old must be licensed annually, microchipped, neutered and vaccinated against rabies,” city officials said.

By licensing and microchipping dogs, residents proactively protect animals.

“When dogs are found and brought to a veterinary clinic or the Castaic Animal Care Center, they can easily be scanned and returned to their owners through the information programmed into the chip,” officials said.

Through programs like Animal Care Canvassing, we can help protect our four-legged family members to the best of our abilities.

As part of the canvassing effort, City staff should request information related to all dogs, which could include age, breed and vaccination records, among other things.

Any data received from the canvassing program should help better promote and protect human and animal safety, officials said.

Currently, the City contracts with DACC, which protects and promotes public safety and animal care through sheltering, pet placement, education and law enforcement programs on animals.

These services should continue and not be interrupted during the door-to-door program.

For more information on pet licensing, residents can contact the city by calling the Community Preservation Hotline at (661) 286-4076 or the DACC Licensing Team at (562) 658-2019.

Pet owners can purchase or renew a pet license online at any time by clicking here.

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