In the Kennels

On Adoption Row

Past Kennels

Past Adoption Rows






Local Animal Shelters

Humane Societies


Veterinary Hospitals

Serving the incorporated areas of Hesperia, California

How long are animals held in the kennels?
Animals are held for four working days, not counting the day they were brought into Animal Control.

What is the "claim by date" found on the "In the Kennels" pages?
The claim by date is the last day an owner may claim their animal.  After that date, the animal becomes available for adoption.

When do animals become "available for adoption"?
If an owner does not claim a pet within four working days of the pet being impounded, the animal becomes available for adoption.   During the four days, prospective owners may place their name on a list in anticipation that the animal is not claimed by its owner.  We emphasize that only after the holding time of four working days is the animal "available for adoption".

Are there pets available for adoption at your shelter?
We have an "Adoption Row" of dogs ready to go home today.  Other dogs and cats are available for adoption, if their owners don't claim them. Additionally, PAL Humane Society, located in our building has dogs and cats available for adoption. Come and look... you'll find some adorable pets who are just waiting to give lots of love.

What is the difference between "Adoption Row" and "In the Kennels"?
"Adoption Row" pets have passed the time for the owners to claim them, have become wards of the city, and are up for adoption. "In the Kennels" dogs are waiting to be claimed by their owners.

What is the procedure for adopting a pet from Hesperia Animal Control?
After you have found a pet you want in the kennels, you may place your name on a list for that particular animal, before it is available for adoption.  Call 947-1722 regarding adoptions.  You are given a day and time to return to Hesperia Animal Control, to adopt your chosen pet.  You must claim the pet within one hour, or the next person on the list may adopt the pet.   However, the animal can not be released until it has been spayed or neutered.

Which dogs and cats go to PAL for adoption?
 If unclaimed by the owner, pets recommended by Hesperia Animal Control staff or chosen by PAL, as particuarly adoptable, go to PAL.

How do adoptions through PAL differ from Hesperia Animal Control?
PAL interviews all prospective owners.   The first suitable prospective owner on the list may adopt the pet.   However, as with all shelters, the animal can not be released until it has been spayed or neutered.

How much are adoption fees?
$65 for dogs (includes spay/neuter, distemper/parvo (5 in 1), & rabies) license fees not included
$50 for cats (includes spay/neuter, 4 in 1)
$50 refund for dogs, $40 refund for cats, if it doesn't work out.

What kind and how many animals is my home zoned for?
The City has multiple zoning areas.  The animals you are allowed to have will depend on the zone you live in and the size of your lot.  More information is available through the City's Planning Department at 947-1700.

Is there a leash law in the City of Hesperia?
Yes. These laws protect citizens and their pets. They help to prevent bites, animal fights, tipped trash cans, traffic accidents, lost dogs and diseases passed from wild or stray animals. If found to be in violation of the leash law, a dog can be impounded and/or the owner can be cited.

Where can I get my pet spayed or neutered?
There are many fine veterinarians in the area. Check the High Desert Insider veterinarian listings and call several to find one that will satisfy your needs.

What vaccinations are needed to get my dog licensed?
A current rabies vaccination given by a California licensed veterinarian is the only one state law requires. Other vaccines are recommended for your pet's protection.

Does my cat have to be vaccinated for rabies and licensed?
While highly recommended, this is a voluntary program and not required by law.

Where can I get low-cost vaccination services for my pet?
Most veterinarians offer low cost vaccination clinics.   Call one of them and ask for the dates and times.   Or, Hesperia residents may come to Hesperia Animal Control, on the third Thursday of the month, between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.   Rabies vaccination is $5 and 7-in-1 is $15.

This site is to assist searching for a pet. Some pets may not be pictured. Again, please go to shelters in person to locate a pet. Animal Control may not hold your pet longer than the normal holding period of four working days. Although pictured here on a specific date, that may not be the date the pet was brought in and it may be the pet's last day.

Please read our Legal Disclaimer and Copyright Notice:  Copyright©2000 by High Desert Insider