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Notice UPDATED Sept. 20, 2022, 1:00 p.m. - MOSQUITO FIRE Information:

El Dorado County Animal Services continues to provide emergency response activities for the Mosquito Fire.

Important Note: Residents who are no longer under mandatory evacuation orders and have their animals at the El Dorado County Animal Shelter in Diamond Springs, the Rancho Murietta Equestrian Center, the Flying M Ranch, or the Saureel Vineyards may now pick up their animals.  Please contact El Dorado County Animal Services at 530-621-5795 for any questions regarding the return of animal(s) as soon as possible from the evacuation shelters. Thank you.

Animal Evacuations: The EDC Animal Shelters in Diamond Springs and South Lake Tahoe are accepting small/domestic animals for those under MANDATORY evacuation orders due to the fire. Birds cannot be accepted due to Avian Flu. Large Animals: The Large Animal Shelter at Saureel Vineyards is now full and closed. The Rancho Murietta Equestrian Center has been taking horses for those under a MANDATORY evacuation order, but you must call ahead - (916) 826-4278 - to ensure there is room. Flying M Ranch, 5421 Buck Mountain Road, Placerville is open for large animals only. Human evacuees are not allowed to stay. Birds, including chickens, cannot be accepted at shelters due to Avian Flu. Please call Animal Services at 530-621-5795 for questions about animal evacuations.

For Animals Sheltering in Place: Our officers have been out in the mandatory evacuation areas helping animals that are sheltering in place. For mandatory evacuees requesting an Animal Services officer go to their property to feed & water their animal sheltering in place, please contact Animal Services at 530-621-5795.

Do you want to help? Animal Services' Pet Aid Fund helps provide for animals in need during emergency situations. For updates on the Mosquito Fire, including an evacuation map, see the County's website -


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  • Shelter Notice: The El Dorado County Animal Services shelter in Diamond Springs  is currently not accepting owner surrenders of dogs. The shelter is at maximum capacity and continues to focus on adoptions. The shelter must keep some space available for stray and protective custody dogs that are impounded and at risk. Staff recommends owners seek placement through friends and family during this period. Animal Services makes every effort to safely return licensed/microchipped/identifiable dogs while the officer is in the field, if there are not extenuating circumstances. The website will be updated as space becomes available. Should you have any questions about surrendering a pet, please contact our office.
  • ​Be Careful with Your Pet Near Lakes, Rivers and Ponds - Animal Services is reminding residents to use caution when recreating at lakes, rivers or ponds where potentially dangerous algae may be present. To avoid possible cyanobacterial toxin poisoning, practice safe water habits. Dogs can be especially susceptible when algal mats are present. Do not let your dog drink water or enter water where patches of algae are present, or to eat scum or algal material. Wash your pets with clean water after lake or river play. Provide clean drinking water. For more info, visit or

  • Do You Own Livestock? Animal Services is updating its database of livestock/farm animals (cattle, equine, swine, sheep, llama, goats, etc.). With your information in our database, we can give you a courtesy call if your farm animals get loose. Some restrictions apply. Follow this link to complete the form.

Field Services

Field Services enforces state statutes and county ordinances regulating animal care and welfare, investigates citizens' complaints of animal neglect or nuisance, and responds to reports of loose and injured animals. Animal Services also inspects and licenses animal establishments and kennels.
Non-Emergency Complaint Forms / Ordinance Code

Rabies Control Program

The Rabies Control Program investigates animal bites and human exposures to rabies, and processes licenses for dogs. Learn how to avoid dog bites, and teach children to be safe around dogs. Report animal bites or rabid animals.    

Shelter Operations

Shelter Operations houses and cares for stray, unwanted, or displaced animals. Every effort is made to place healthy, adoptable animals into new permanent, loving homes. We coordinate foster and volunteer programs, educate the community on pet overpopulation, and help people who have lost or found a pet.  

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Disaster Preparedness - Animal Emergency Planning
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