City of La Quinta: Gem of the Desert

Dog with ball
The Animal Control Division provides field services responding to reports of stray, lost/found, and injured animals in distress and transports them for medical treatment and shelter when needed, seven days a week. The staff investigates animal abuse and neglect reports, nuisance complaints of barking and aggressive dogs, and enforces animal licensing and leash laws.  

Animal Control offers a low-cost vaccination clinic each April and October. Bring your pets and get them vaccinated and meet our Animal Control Officers.  You will also have an opportunity to get a new or renewed dog license at the event.

Local Resources

The City of La Quinta contracts with the Coachella Valley Animal Campus for shelter services. If you have lost your pet, are looking to adopt a pet, or want information on the spay/neuter voucher program, contact them at (760) 343-3644.

A number of local resource agencies are available to answer your wild and domesticated animal questions.

How to reach us


78-495 Calle Tampico
La Quinta, CA 92253

Public counter assistance    

Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Phone (760) 777-7050
Pet Hotline (760) 777-7049
After hours emergencies (760) 343-3644 (For reporting after-hours and weekend calls for 
         injured, dead, venomous or vicious animals)
Fax (760) 777-7011
E-mail Animal Control

Did you know?

    Three California laws took effect January 1, 2007 that benefit animals:

  • Dogs cannot be tethered to a stationary object for more than three hours during a 24-hour period.  If tethered, the dog still must have a good range of motion.
  • Pets cannot be left in vehicles in a dangerous situation whether from the heat or the cold.  Animal control officers are now permitted to break into a vehicle to rescue at-risk animals after trying to locate the owner.  Dogs tied in the back of pickups in extreme hot or cold weather are also covered under the new law.
  • Felony-level jail time now applies for animal fighting convictions.