Animal Control

Seal Beach contracts with City of Long Beach Animal Care Services for animal control services. If you need animal control services or need to report stray, aggressive, or dead animals, please call Long Beach Animal Care Services at (562) 570-7387 or visit their website.

Issues involving vermin should be referred to the Orange County Mosquito & Vector Control District. Vermin include mice, rats, mosquitoes, red fire ants, Africanized honey bees, and other similar pests. Please visit the Orange County Mosquito & Vector Control District's website or call the Orange County Mosquito & Vector Control District at (714) 971-2421 for more information.

Pet Licensing

As a rabies control measure, all dogs over the age of four months are required, by law, to be licensed. Making sure your pet has its current license attached to its collar is also your best insurance of having your pet returned to you in case he or she becomes lost or gets out of your yard. The pet license also identifies if your pet is currently vaccinated against rabies.

In Seal Beach, licensing services are provided by City of Long Beach Animal Care Services. The money received from pet license fees helps the department continue to provide quality animal care and control services 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

For more information about licensing your pet, please call Long Beach Animal Care Services at (562) 570-7387 or visit the licensing information website here.

Seal Beach does not require domestic cats to be licensed.

Seal Beach Animal Care Center

The Seal Beach Animal Care Center (SBACC) is a non-profit, pro-humane animal shelter committed to finding permanent, loving homes for all the animals that come into their care. Animal Care Center staff are dedicated volunteers who ensure the animals are kept as comfortable as possible until they can be placed into new adoptive homes. The Seal Beach Animal Care Center is also dedicated to aiding lost and abandoned pets, helping people with pet related problems, promoting responsible pet ownership and pet population control, and preventing cruelty to animals through educational programs.

The Corporation known as Friends of the Seal Beach Animal Care Center was established in 1986, and the shelter was open for business in July 1988.

While the SBACC primarily serves the City of Seal Beach, the SBACC attracts adopters from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties. The SBACC also networks with other shelters, rescue groups, and animal sanctuaries across the country. The SBACC believes that through adoption counseling and education, they are helping to create a community that cares for animals with responsibility and compassion.

The Seal Beach Animal Care Center also provides licensing services for Seal Beach dogs on behalf of the City of Long Beach.  You will need to bring a current Rabies Certification and certificate of spay/neuter to the Care Center during business hours.  For information on the cost of the license, please visit  the licensing information website here.

Contact the Seal Beach Animal Care Center
1700 Adolfo Lopez Drive
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Phone: (562) 430-4993
Fax: (562) 594-0003
E-mail: contact@sbacc.org

Open to the public 7 days a week

Monday, Wednesday & Friday
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive at least an hour before closing in order to allow sufficient time to meet the wonderful cats and dogs.

Mosquitoes & West Nile Virus

Infected mosquitoes spread the West Nile virus, which can cause serious, life-altering, and even fatal disease. Using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and long pants, and eliminating standing water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs can help avoid mosquito bites and therefore reduce possible exposure to the West Nile virus.

More information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control website.

Coyotes

Seal Beach Coyote Management Plan

To report coyote sightings, please call Long Beach Animal Care Services at (562) 570-7387. Through an innovative program residents can also report wildlife activity online. For complaints or questions regarding coyotes, please call Long Beach Animal Care Services at (562) 570-7387 or the Seal Beach Police Department at (562) 799-4100.

Residents should take precautions to avoid creating potential problems.

  • Feed pets indoors or promptly remove dishes when pets complete their meals outdoors. Store bags of pet food indoors.
  • Use trash barrels fitted with pipe clamping devices on the lids to prevent spills.
  • Remove fallen fruit – particularly avocados, from yards and orchards. Fallen fruit will attract other food ‘sources’ for coyotes.
  • Clear brush and dense weeds around your property. This deprives shelter to rodents and reduces protective cover for coyotes.
  • Keep small animals indoors as much as possible, especially at night.
  • Do not feed or provide water to coyotes or other wildlife.
  • Do not use plastic bags as garbage containers. Coyotes will rummage through them looking for food.
  • Do not put trash cans out the night before the scheduled pick up. Put them out in the morning. Coyotes are intelligent and learn to knock them over to access the contents.

Coyotes visit at nighttime and during the day. They display no fear in the presence of people. Please be very cautious when leaving animals and small children unattended outdoors. Coyotes can jump up to 14 feet and wrought iron or chain link fence does not deter them.

Over the past several years, coyote sightings have become more common within the City of Seal Beach. Although statistics show attacks on humans are extremely rare, it is always a good idea to regularly remind the residents of our City how to safely co-exist with coyotes.

First and foremost, the most effective way to prevent coyote attacks in our neighborhoods is to eliminate the feeding of any wildlife whether intentionally or accidentally. That means keep trash cans secure, do not leave pet food outside and do not feed them food of any kind. Coyotes are generally timid and shy animals that tend to steer clear of any potential danger and thus pose little threat to humans.

Residents with small pets (less than 20 pounds) should supervise them while outdoors. Domestic cats left outdoors can also serve to attract coyotes. It is important that domestic cats and small dogs be kept indoors. A coyote cannot tell the difference between a small cat or dog and a rabbit, mouse or any other food source.

Always use a secure, sturdy leash when walking your dog. Retractable leashes are not recommended as they tend to jam and can make it difficult for you to protect your pet from a predator.

If you see a coyote during the daytime or are approached by a coyote, you should yell, wave your arms and/or throw something at it. Do not run as this will cause the coyote to pursue what it thinks is prey.

Most importantly, share this information with your neighbors.

For more information or to report a coyote sighting, please contact the Long Beach Bureau of Animal Control at (562) 570-7387 or the Seal Beach Police Department at (562) 799-4100.

Please watch Coexisting with the Urban Coyote.