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COVID-19/Coronavirus - The City of Chula Vista is suspending operations except for critical public safety operations. For other exceptions and additional information visit our Coronavirus page here.




How You Can Help

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Donate, gift from our wish list,  volunteer, join the foster care program or promote the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility 

Tax-deductible Donations

donationDogThank you for helping care for our lost, abandoned and injured animals. Your donations allows the shelter make needed improvements and increase adoption outreach to help find pets a permanent home. All donations are tax-deductible;Tax ID 95-6000690.Thank you!

Please click here to donate online.To make a donation by mail, please make your check payable to the City of Chula Vista and send to:

Chula Vista Animal Care Facility
130 Beyer Way
Chula Vista, CA 91911  

Wish List

You can order items to be delivered to the shelter from our Amazon Wish List.We always can use the following items:

  • Kong's- extra-large (only)
  • bleach
  • small animal nursing bottles
  • towels in good condition
  • Glucosamine Chondroitin
  • Small and medium plastic animal crates-in working condition
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Cat Toys


The City of Chula Vista has a long history of volunteerism, from our founding community members to the over 1,000 volunteers today who give of their time and talents. Without our volunteers, Chula Vista would not be the family-friendly community that we are. Volunteer work can be a challenging and rewarding experience and provides opportunities to meet many other dedicated people who serve the citizens of Chula Vista. We are proud of our volunteers and the valuable services they provide.

Individuals who are at least 15.5 years old and are not required to satisfy court-ordered volunteer service are invited to apply. 
We have a short waiting list for volunteering, and will probably get back to you within 3-4 months.


Volunteering at the Animal Care Facility:

Volunteers help keep animals healthy, happy and adoptable! They truly make a difference and are always welcome!

Volunteer assignments may include the care and feeding of animals, exercising animals, assisting the public with adoptions, clerical work and providing general maintenance and upkeep of the Animal Care Facility.

We need volunteers that have skills in dog grooming at our following Adoption Centers. Please contact Linda, the Volunteer Coordinator at (619) 691-5174 if you can help out:

• PetCo (National City - 3430 Highland Avenue #B)
• PetCo (EastLake - 878 Eastlake Parkway)(temporarily closed for remodel March 2019)
• PetSmart (EastLake - 1840 Main Court)

Volunteer Applications & Opportunities


The shelter is thankful for service projects BIG or SMALL! 

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Above Left: Art Castañares with donated and installed artificial turf.

Above Right: Nick Steber, a 12 year old Chula Vista resident made these hand crafted toys for our shelter dogs.

Foster Care Program | Become a Foster Parent!

The Foster Care Program is designed to give animals, who are too young or not ready to be adopted, a chance to thrive in a loving, temporary home until they can be adopted through the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility.

What does the program do?

  • Foster parents provide temporaryfosterkittens  specialized care that certain animals need.
  • The Foster Care Program gives the community an opportunity to get involved and help the Animal Care Facility.
  • Over 600 animals went through the Foster Care Program last year. With help from foster parents, these animals got a second chance. And foster parents really enjoy caring for their foster animals -- so everyone benefits!

Which animals go into foster care?

  • Nursing mother cats or dogs and their babies.
  • Baby animals that are too young to survive on their own.
  • Young animals that need to grow enough to be spayed or neutered, then be put up for adoption.
  • Animals being treated for medical reasons or those recovering from medical procedures.

What does a foster parent do?

  • Foster parents provide animals with care, attention, housing and love.
  • Foster parents bring the animals back to the Animal Care Facility for fosterpuppyappointments and check-ups.

What is provided to foster parents?

  • All supplies necessary to care for the animals are provided, including food, baby formula, medicine, heating pads, pet carriers, etc.
  • The Animal Care Facility provides full veterinary care. Staff will schedule all check-ups and appointments.

Why become a foster parent?

  • Not only can you save the lives of so many need animals, your efforts will be appreciated by the people who permanently adopt them.
    • For more information, call Eileen Akers, Foster Care Coordinator at (619) 476-2488

    Click here to fill out our online Foster Care Program Application. With your completed application, please include -in your own words- why you feel you would make a great foster parent.

    Upon review of your application and essay, you will be contacted by staff to schedule an in-person interview at the Animal Care Facility.

    If you have already been selected as a foster parent, please click here for the Foster Care Program Agreement.


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