Law & Enforcement

Protecting People

The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control reports our statistics on our website because we feel that transparency is an important part of being a public agency.  In addition, we want our communities to understand the realities that we face and the impact that our citizens can have on increasing adoptions and decreasing euthanasia.  We are an “open admission” shelter for 47 cities and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. “Open admission” means that we receive all animals from the areas that we serve regardless of age, health, or temperament.

As you review these reports, please keep in mind that although the Department of Animal Care and Control has made great strides in recent years, we continue to work towards improving our programs and services. There is still a tremendous amount of work for us to do for the animals and we cannot do it alone.  We rely heavily on our adoption partners, foster parents and volunteers. But most importantly, we rely on you, the community to help us achieve our goals. Department of Animal Care and Control encourages you to spay/neuter your pets, purchase a license, microchip, provide a forever home and come to any one of our animal care centers to adopt your next pet.

Please note that the County of Los Angeles operates on a fiscal year basis, which runs from July 1 until June 30 of the following year. All of the statistics contained in these reports also follow the fiscal year timeline.

The Current Year Report is updated on the first day of the month and contains data up through the last month that has passed.

The Prior Year Report is updated after the end of the fiscal year, and contains data for the past five (5) fiscal years.  As this report contains a large amount of data, please be patient while it loads.


Other: all animals other than dogs and cats (birds, livestock, rodents, wildlife, etc.)

Adopted: adoptions to private parties

Adoption Partners: adoptions to Adoption Partners (commonly referred to as “rescued groups” or APs) and Closer to Home Partners, which are other non-profit animal shelters

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