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The City of Norco Animal Control Division operates an animal shelter for housing stray animals. Animal Control is also responsible for insuring rabies control by providing dog licensing and picking up stray dogs.

Many dogs and cats are not claimed by their owners each year and are available for adoption after impoundment of seven business days. Many dogs and cats, puppies and kittens are turned into the Shelter as stray or owner relinquishments. To view animals available at our Shelter, please visit www.Petharbor.com

Animal Control is also responsible for enforcing animal-related Ordinances in the City of Norco.

Frank Scagnamiglio, Animal Control Superintendent
(951) 737-8972

How Many Dogs May I Have in Norco?

Four adult dogs are permitted per residence in Norco regardless of the size of the property. Puppies are considered adult at age four months.

If you would like to add a new member to the family, please remember our Shelter Animals in need of good homes. You may view our animals on Petharbor.com website or come visit our shelter at 98 Sixth Street. Office hours are Tuesday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m and Saturday, 10-4 p.m.

Is There a Leash Law in Norco?

Yes, there is a state-wide leash law and in Norco, that includes horseback riders must have dogs on leash.

What About Dog Licenses?

All dogs must be vaccinated against rabies and licensed with the City of Norco. The dog licensing program insures rabies control and is mandated by the State of California and City of Norco Ordinance.

Effective September 1, 2011 the City of Norco Animal Control Department began issuing permanent license tags. The metal tag issued at the initial purchase is your pet's permanent license tag. Your pet keeps this tag year after year. If your pet's tag  becomes damaged, worn or lost, you may purchase a replacement tag at a cost of $4 by contacting our office.

Dog licenses purchased in another city will be honored in the City of Norco for thirty days.

You may buy a multiple year license, depending on the rabies vaccination expiration date. The rabies vaccination must be valid through the full license period.  

Altered Dogs

1-Year license $20.00                                                        
2-Year license $37.00                                                                              
3-Year license $55.00

Penalty $25.00 late fee for any dog license 30 or more days late. A citation will be issued for any dog license more that 60 days late.                                 

Unaltered Dogs

1-Year license $52.00                                                        
2-Year license $90.00
3-Year license $122.00

Penalty $25.00 late fee for any dog license 30 or more days late. A citation will be issued for any dog license more that 60 days late.                                  

Seniors 62+ may receive a discount ONLY if their dogs are altered.

1-Year license $4.00                                                        
2-Year license $6.00                                                                              
3-Year license $10.00

Penalty $25.00 late fee for any dog license 30 or more days late. A citation will be issued for any dog license more that 60 days late.                                  

Replacement Tags: Lost or Unreadable tag replacement $4.00

All fees include a $2 Maintenance Fee

Please contract the Norco Animal Shelter if you have licensing questions at (951) 737-8972

Where Do I Get a Dog License?

Dog licenses are sold at the City of Norco Animal Control Division and Shelter. The shelter is located at 98 Sixth Street at the extreme east end of Sixth Street, behind the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center. The mailing address is: 2870 Clark Avenue, Norco CA 92860 or you can contact us at (951) 737-8972.

A current rabies vaccination certificate must be submitted at the time that you purchase a dog license. Reduced price if you submit proof the dog is spayed or neutered. Dog licenses may be purchased at the shelter or by mail.

Adoption Policy

Dogs & Puppies

Dogs will be available for $78.00, and puppies for $98.00. City of Norco residents will also be assessed a one year license deposit.

Cats & Kittens

Cats will available for $57.00, and kittens for $67.00.

All dogs and cats will be spayed or neutered prior to going home with their adoptive family. We do not take "holds", "deposits", or "wait lists" for any animal. Effective July 1, 2014, animals that are in high demand by the public will be offered for adoption through a lottery. Normally this lottery will be held at noon on a Saturday. The actual date of a specific lottery will be published at the Shelter and at www.petharbor.com

What About the Coyotes and Skunks, Snakes and Other Critters?

The City of Norco is located on an ever-diminishing rural area. The City of Norco's boundary on three sides is the Santa Ana River. Most of the riverbed area is a wild life preserve and home to many varieties of wildlife, including migratory fowl, opossum, skunk, coyote and an occasional wild pig. The foothill, open land area, surrounding Norco is fast disappearing as it is being developed. This area is naturally populated by coyotes, skunks, snakes (yes, there are rattlesnakes in the hills) and opossums, rats, mice and squirrels.

As man invades wildlife areas, the animals are pushed out of their homes, cut off from their natural food source and will wander through neighborhoods to occasionally dine on your pet's food if it is left outside. The urbanized coyote is fast becoming the norm rather than the exception. Your trash can, without a secure lid, is especially attractive and a ready source of food. So are your unprotected animals.

Be sure to bring your cats and dogs inside at night time and secure any outdoor against wild life. Animal Control emphasizes peaceful co-existence with our indigenous wildlife. After all, this area was their land and home first. If you have any questions regarding how to cope with our wildlife, contact Animal Control at (951) 737-8972.

Animal Shelter Hours of Operation:

For your convenience our shelter is open Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday and Friday and most major holidays.

(Effective 7/1/2011) Call Dispatch at (951) 371-1143 for emergency assistance after hours.


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