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UPDATED Sept. 14, 2021:

Caldor Fire - Animal Services Call Centers - (530) 621-5795 Western Slope, (530) 573-7925 South Lake Tahoe
The El Dorado County Animal Services Call Center phones are answered between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If the phone line is busy, you may leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we try to assist as many residents as possible during this challenging time. 

Animals/Returning Home - If you have an animal housed at one of the Animal Services shelters and your home is in an evacuation warning area or no longer in an evacuation area, please pick up your animals as soon as possible. If your property is damaged and you cannot bring your animals home, please contact the West Slope-Diamond Springs shelter at (530) 621-5795 or for South Lake Tahoe (530) 573-7925 for further assistance.

Daily Field and Shelter Operations - El Dorado County Animal Services (West Slope and South Lake Tahoe) is still conducting daily field operations. Our West Slope shelter located in Diamond Springs continues to be in a disaster response mode housing over 100 animals affected by the fire. We are open to the public by appointment for adoptions of non-displaced animals.  Our South Lake Tahoe shelter is open. We will continue to provide support to our community with animal needs on both slopes. Please call the Diamond Springs shelter at (530) 621-5795 and South Lake Tahoe at (530) 573-7925 for any information or calls for service.


Updated August 17, 2021: The EDC Animal Shelter in Diamond Springs is temporarily only open for evacuated animals due to wildfires. For questions, please contact the shelter at (530) 621-5795. 


NOTICE RE: ANIMAL SERVICES SHELTERS: The County's animal services shelter in Diamond Springs is currently open by appointment only, Monday through Saturday. Residents may call the shelter to schedule an appointment. Visitors are asked to adhere to social distancing when coming into the shelter. For more info, please see:
El Dorado County Provides Essential Animal Services During COVID-19 Response

‚ÄčReminder - El Dorado County Animal Services is reminding residents to use caution when recreating at lakes, rivers or ponds where potentially dangerous algae may be present. To avoid possible cyanobacterial toxin poisoning, practice healthy water habits. Dogs can be especially susceptible when algal mats are present. Do not let your dog drink water or enter water where patches of algae are present, or to eat scum or algal material. Be sure to wash your pets with clean water after lake or river play. Provide clean drinking water. For more information, visit or


  • Important Steps to Prevent Rabies
  • Animal Services has many adoptable pets - See Pets Available Now
  • Own livestock? Animal Services is updating its database of livestock/farm animals (cattle, equine, swine, sheep, llama, goats, etc.). With your information in our database, we can give you a courtesy call if your farm animals get loose. Some restrictions apply. Follow this link to complete the form.

Field Services

Field Services enforces state statutes and county ordinances regulating animal care and welfare, investigates citizens' complaints of animal neglect or nuisance, and responds to reports of loose and injured animals. Animal Services also inspects and licenses animal establishments and kennels.
Non-Emergency Complaint Forms / Ordinance Code

Rabies Control Program

The Rabies Control Program investigates animal bites and human exposures to rabies, and processes licenses for dogs. Learn how to avoid dog bites, and teach children to be safe around dogs. Report animal bites or rabid animals.    

Shelter Operations

Shelter Operations houses and cares for stray, unwanted, or displaced animals. Every effort is made to place healthy, adoptable animals into new permanent, loving homes. We coordinate foster and volunteer programs, educate the community on pet overpopulation, and help people who have lost or found a pet.  

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Disaster Preparedness - Animal Emergency Planning
Include your pets and livestock in your disaster plan! Start today by making a plan and preparing a disaster kit.