Important Updates:

COVID-19/Coronavirus - The City of Chula Vista is here to serve you. While in-person services are limited, many services are available online. For more details, please visit our Coronavirus page here





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Animal Emergencies

The following instances should be considered animal emergencies:

  • You are bitten by an animal or have an animal that bit someone else. We will ask you to try and provide as much of the following information:
  • Description of animal
  • Animal's name
  • Address where animal lives
  • Owner's name of animal
  • Time of day you were bitten
  • Location on your body where you were bitten
  • You see an injured animal. If the owner of the animal is present, it is their responsibility to transport the animal to a veterinarian.
  • You see an animal; dead, alive or injured - creating a traffic hazard or involved in a situation that is dangerous to human safety.

Call (619) 476-2476 during our business hours or (619) 691-5151 (PD Dispatch) after hours to report any of the above animal emergencies.

Animal Barking, Incident Complaints and Nuisances

Barking Dog Complaint

Please follow the process below:

  • To report a barking issue, please submit the Barking Dog Complaint Form.  This will result in a notification letter to the Dog Owner regarding the complaint.
  • If the problem persists after a minimum 2 week period has elapsed and you would like to continue the process, a second Barking Dog Complaint Form must be received from you and also one from a neighbor at a different address.  A second letter will be sent to the Dog Owner.
  • Thankfully barking issues are usually resolved by these first steps.  If however, the barking has not stopped, we will need to receive one more completed Barking Dog Complaint Form from either you or the other neighbor.  Once it's received, our Animal Control Officers will issue a citation to the Dog Owner. 

For complete details, see C.V.M.C. 6.24.040.

Incident Report

If you or your animal may have been bitten, attacked or harassed by an animal, that you witnessed such an event, or that you have suffered property damage caused by an animal please submit the Incident Report

Call (619) 476-2476 during our business hours  to report any animal disturbances, sanitation problems, mistreatment or abuse to animals, neglect or any other animal related problems.

TannersmDog Licensing

All dogs must be licensed in Chula Vista. Renewals may be purchased in 1 and 3-year increments. Use the online form to complete and mail in your license renewal – Thank you!

In person - Dog License Application Instructions for using this form:
1. Click here and the 3-part form will be “Auto-filled” in Adobe Acrobat.
NOTE: You may not be able to save what you type. Be sure to PRINT the completed application.
2. Veterinarian will need to sign all copies. Return entire form with your payment.

License Your Dog Online

Spay & Neutering

The Chula Vista Animal Care Facility encourages owners to always spay and neuter their pets. There is a serious pet overpopulation problem in San Diego County results in thousands of euthanized animals each year. By spaying or neutering your pet, you ARE part of the solution!

The Chula Vista Animal Care Facility offers Spay/Neuter Clinics for $75. Low income Chula Vista, Lemon Grove & National City residents may qualify for $10!* Right now we only have appointments for Chula Vista, Lemon Grove & National City residents. You must bring proof of residency (like a current utility bill.)

Animals must be two months or older and be in good health.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Call (619) 691-5226 to sign up!
  2. Drop off your dog or cat to the CVACF (130 Beyer Way) at 8am on the date your dog or cat has been scheduled for surgery.
  3. Pick up is between 3- 3:30 pm. After 4:30 pm, boarding charges will apply

*You will need to provide proof of residency (e.g. utility bill, rental agreement, or mortgage statement) and income verification (e.g., SSI, AFDC, Medical, WIC, EBT)

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Non qualifying residents please call your veterinarian today or call the Animal Care Facility for a referral to a local veterinarian. Financial assistance may be available through the following organizations:



Animal Welfare Foundation: 
Please call Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
(619) 702-4400

SNAP (Spay Neuter Action Project): 
(619) 525-3047

FCC (Feral Cat Coalition): 
(619) 758-9194

Lost & Found

If you lost a pet in Chula Vista, Lemon Grove, or National City, please go to the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility to look for your pet. If you cannot visit the facility, owners can search for their pets at

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Rabies & Microchipping Clinic at the Animal Care Facility


*The health and well-being of Chula Vista residents during the COVID-19 outbreak remains our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, and in accordance with State Guidelines issued regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Chula Vista is trying to control the size of crowds. We encourage you to visit the Animal Care Facility only for urgent matters.  The health and safety of our staff, animals and visitors are a top priority. We know these are challenging times and appreciate all your support and understanding. For more information regarding the Coronavirus, please visit:       

In an effort to discourage large crowds we will be temporarily suspending Rabies Clinics on Wednesdays, but we will accommodate people on an appointment basis.  Click here for important information about the process. You can register for an appointment and pay here, or please call 619-476-2477 if you need more assistance. We will temporarily be waiving the late fee for license renewals within 90 days.

All dogs over the age of four months are required to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10. 

How much will getting my pet microchipped cost?

Microchipping services are provided for a one-time fee of $30 per animal. Does include the registration fee.

Microchip/Rabies combo $35.

How does a microchip system work?

The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice. It gets injected under the skin and becomes anchored in place as the tissue heals around it. It sits safely between the shoulder blades.

To retrieve information from the microchip, a special scanner sends a harmless radio signal through the skin to the chip. The animals feels nothing as the chip quickly sends a unique ID number back to the scanner where it is displayed in the viewing window. The pet's identification cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed.

How long does the microchip last?

The microchip has no power supply, battery or moving parts. It is designed with an operating life of over 25 years and is guaranteed for the life of the animal. The chip requires no care.

How do I register or change my information for the microchip?

If you receive a microchip from us your information will automatically be uploaded to HomeAgain. However, if you move, change your number, or rehome your pet you need to contact HomeAgain at 1-888-466-3242) to change the contact information so that they can find you in the instance your pet is found. 

Does the procedure hurt the animal?

Although the microchip needle is larger than a typical vaccine needle, animals do not usually overreact it. Anesthesia is not required or recommended.

I have toy breeds/kittens. Since they are so small, can I use the chip?

Absolutely! We have thousands of customers who have toy breeds or get kittens microchipped. It might help you to know that the same sized microchip and needle are used in animals even smaller than yours.... including mice, baby birds, and newly hatched sea turtles.

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