Animal Services

Animal Control


An animal control officer patrols the Poway area from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. seven days a week, with on-call services provided from 5:00 PM to 8:00 AM. The City of Poway works with the San Diego Humane Society to provide the following animal control services:
  • Dog licensing
  • Housing lost and stray animals
  • Reuniting lost animals with their owners
  • Animal adoptions
  • Educational programs
  • Abandoned or abused animals

What do I do about barking dogs?


The City of Poway has a noise ordinance that governs this issue. You can report barking dog complaints by submitting a service request to the Humane Society or by calling (619) 243-3466 to leave a message. The Humane Society will first send a letter informing the dog owner of the complaint and what steps should be taken; If additional complaints are received, officers will be sent to take follow-up action.     


Dead Animal Removal


If an animal is found dead within City of Poway limits, please call (858) 279-8242. 

 Other Animal Services  Phone  Number
 Fund for Animals/Wildlife Rehabilitation  760-789-2324
 Project Wildlife (injured wild animals or birds) 619-225-WILD
 Low Cost Spay & Neutering    619-279-5085


Why License My Dog?


Every dog over the age of four months is required to have a current license and wear it at all times. In order to get your dog licensed, the dog must also have a current rabies vaccination.

Not only are you protecting your pet, it’s the law. Poway residents may go to the San Diego Humane Society, Escondido Campus, at 3450 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, to ensure that their pet is currently vaccinated against rabies and is licensed. More information is available on the San Diego Humane Society.


Benefits of Licensing Your Pet


  • Lost Animals - Your pet may be returned to you immediately if lost. Hundreds of dogs are impounded in Poway each year. Only 37 percent of those are re-united with their families. A tag with a current license can be a ticket home for your fur-friend.
  • Injured Animals - Your dog’s license will make it possible to contact you if your dog is injured. It could mean the difference between life and death for your companion. 
  • Dog Bite & Rabies Prevention - Your dog’s license is proof that your pet has been vaccinated against rabies. The rabies vaccination protects your pet and your family from a potentially deadly disease.
  • Cost Savings - Every dog who has reached the age of four months requires a license. If your dog is unlicensed you can be cited and fined. It’s far less expensive to license your dog.