Animal Services

The City of Alameda is dedicated to keeping a safe, clean environment for you and your pet, and providing excellent care for lost and abandoned animals. 

The City's animal shelter, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), available to shelter and care for abandoned animals, find them new homes, and to prevent animal cruelty through education and community programs.

Adoption Center 
Open Wednesday (11-7) 
Thursday-Sunday (11-5) 
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 

All Other Services: 
Open 7 days a week 
Wednesday (11-7) 
Thursday-Tuesday (11-5) 

The City has one full-time and one part-time Animal Control Officer. Currently, an animal control officer is on duty Wednesday through Saturday from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.  They have jurisdiction from Alameda Point to Harbor Bay Parkway and everything in between, including Coast Guard Island. The Animal Control Officers enforce the laws of the City. They pick up stray animals, patrols the streets, parks, and beaches, and removes animal carcasses. They also respond to barking dog complaints, aggressive animals, and bite incidents. They are always ready and willing to offer advice on responsible pet ownership.

 If you would like to leave a message or discuss an on-going issue with animal control, please contact (510) 337-8562 or

To report a stray, aggressive, injured, deceased animal; or an animal bite, at all times please contact Alameda Police dispatch at (510) 337-8340.

License and Vaccination- 7-3.1/7-3.4
All dogs and cats residing in Alameda (4 months or older) must be vaccinated against rabies and licensed by the City of Alameda.

Number of Dogs- 7-3.7
No more than three (3) dogs per household.

Control of Feces-7.3.9b
Animal owners must remove animal feces from public and private property.

Dogs must be leashed and under control in public parks.

Dogs must be kept confined to owner's yard or under control on leash.

No dogs allowed on beach.

Barking Dog-7-3.10
Excessive uncontrolled barking. Please Note: An officer must witness the excessive barking for at least 10 consecutive min in order to issue a citation.  If the dog owners are not home, the Animal Control Officer will issue a "notice to comply" and do follow-ups.