Pet Responsibility Committee

Laguna Beach Animal Shelter
20612 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1184
(949) 497-3552
Animal Control (949) 497-0701

Open 7 days a week
Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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At any one time our shelter houses dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and a small number of other adoptable animals, such as birds and rabbits. Our animals are held for seven days upon arrival. This holding period gives us ample time to locate an owner if there is one. If animals remain unclaimed, they undergo an assessment of their health, temperament, and behavior for adoption purposes.

Dogs and cats that come available for adoption are seen by a veterinarian, bathed and groomed, vaccinated, de-wormed, micro-chipped, and neutered/spayed, in addition to receiving any other needed medical treatment. The animals put up for adoption are healthy and have no serious behavioral problems.  They will remain in the care of staff and volunteers until they go home with their new families.

In all our adoptions, our goal is to place our animals in the most appropriate matches possible--matches with the greatest chance of permanent, rewarding, and loving relationships between animals and owners. For this reason, and for the protection of both our animals and the people who adopt them, our adoptions are governed by an application and approval procedure and by certain adoption criteria. This approach to adoption has kept our return rate at close to 5%. In contrast, the national average of shelter return rate is nearly 50%.

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Adoption Procedures

Our adoption procedures are designed to make sure that both you and the animal you adopt are in the very best situation possible. Here’s how the adoption procedure works:

  • Animals are available only by application. If you are interested in an animal, you must complete an application in person at the shelter. The application form asks such things as your reasons for adoption, your previous animal ownership, current pets, and the environment the animal will share with you.
  • Many dogs require a secured, fenced yard. You may need to tell us on the form whether or not your yard meets certain fencing specifications.
  • After you apply, there is a waiting period.
  • During this waiting period, the adoption committee reviews all applications submitted for the animal.  Decisions are made according to the best interest each animal.
  • If you have completed an application for a dog and the dog is not on medical hold, you can visit the dog in our play yard from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily.
  • If you already own one or more dogs and you are applying for another dog, your application will be considered only after the dogs have met and interacted successfully.
  • We encourage all household members to meet the prospective pet!
  • Adoption decisions are made semi-weekly on Wednesday and Saturday after the animal is released from any medical hold.

Included with each adoption:

Cats & Kittens

  • Veterinarian Exam
  • 2 FVRCP Vaccines
  • 1 Rabies Vaccine
  • Felv/Fiv Test & 1st Vaccine
  • 4 Intestinal Wormings
  • Flea Baths
  • Neuter/Spay
  • Microchip Implant
  • Any medical treatments required while at the Shelter

* Note: All cats adopted must leave in a carrier (Yours or you may purchase one for small fee)

Dogs & Puppies

  • Veterinarian Exam
  • 2 DHPP Vaccines
  • 1 Rabies Vaccine
  • 4 Intestinal Wormings
  • Flea Baths
  • Neuter/Spay
  • Microchip Implant
  • Any medical treatments required while at the Shelter