Animal Care Services

Orange County has provided contractual animal care services for the City since its incorporation in 2000. The City agrees to enact and maintain ordinances identical in intent to those adopted by the Orange County Board of Supervisors concerning animal care, including those which relate to fees.

For more information about the services provided to the City of Rancho Santa Margarita from Orange County Animal Care Services please visit their website, or call (949) 249-5160.

The following services are provided to City residents:

Field Services
  • 24/7 regional patrols
  • Stray animal impounding
  • Injured animal pickup
  • Cruelty investigations
  • Citation issuance
  • Nuisance complaints
Hours & Phone Number for Orange County Animal Care Services

Shelter Hours
Open Daily
- 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday (Extended Hours) - 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Visiting Hours (for "Available" pets)
Open Daily
- 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday (Extended Hours) - 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

*During times of low staffing, the following modified visiting hours may apply:
Open Daily - 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday (Extended Hours) - 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Please call the shelter for today's visiting hours.

Special Services

  • Pet licensing
  • Facility inspections
  • Low cost vaccination clinics
Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic
1st Wednesday of the month
  • 6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. (cats only)
  • 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (dogs and cats)
  • Information: (714) 993-9193
  • Website
Bring your cat or dog for low cost vaccinations from the Society for California Veterinary Vaccine Care and pet licensing from OC Animal Care. Cash or credit card ($3 processing fee) is the only forms of payment accepted. AVID micro identification chips are also available which includes the registration and continuous, 24/7 lifetime monitoring.

Important Rabies Information

If you have a prior Rabies vaccine certificate, license tag or license renewal notice for your pet, please bring it with you to the clinic.

Fees for Dogs
Rabies vaccine
DAP/DHPP vaccine
Bordetella vaccine
Hazardous materials disposal fee per pet

Fees for Cats

FVRCP "3-in-1" vaccine
FELV vaccine
Purvax vaccine
Hazardous materials disposal fee per pet

Prices are subject to change.

Shelter Services
  • Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Receives animals from the public
  • Retains animals in accordance with state law
  • Conducts pet adoptions
License & Impound Processing
  • Manages fee and data management services
Barking Dog Complaint Services
  • Provides assistance
  • Conducts investigations and hearings
  • Issues citations
Learn more about the Barking Dog Complaint Procedure.
View and download pamphlet, Barking Dogs - Procedures to Remedy a Problem (PDF).

Wildlife Awareness
View and download the Wildlife Awareness pamphlet (PDF) that includes tips to keep you and your family safe from coyotes and mountain lions.