Castaic Animal Shelter


Castaic, California

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About Castaic Animal Shelter

Castaic Animal Shelter is an open-admissions shelter that serves 47 cities and the unincorporated Los Angeles County. It's one of 7 animal care centers that fall under the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control.

  • Baldwin Park: 4275 North Elton Street, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
  • Agoura: 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura, CA 91301
  • Carson/Gardena: 216 W. Victoria Street, Gardena CA 90248
  • Castaic: 31044 North Charlie Canyon Road, Castaic, CA 91384
  • Downey: 11258 South Garfield Avenue, Downey, CA 90242
  • Lancaster: 5210 West Avenue I, Lancaster, CA 93536
  • Palmdale: 38550 Sierra Highway, Palmdale, CA 93550

The department is constantly striving to improve their save-rate and believes they can achieve anything they set out to with the support and generosity of partners, volunteers, and fosters.

Across their 7 locations, they care for over 60,000 animals every year. While some of these animals are seized or picked up as strays, many are surrendered by their owners. This is through no fault of their own, and these dogs and cats are gorgeous, lovable pets who'll make excellent companions.

In addition to adoption services, Castaic Animal Shelter offers the following services:

  • Animal control
  • Emergency response
  • Law enforcement
  • Licensing
  • Low-cost spay and neuter surgery, vaccinations, and microchipping

Contact Info

Address:
31044 North Charlie Canyon Rd
,
Castaic
,
CA
91384
Phone:
(661) 257-3191
Email:
cpineda@animalcare.lacounty.gov

Hours of Operation

Mon - Thu: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.

Rescues

  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

Adoption Process

Ready to adopt from Castaic Animal Shelter? Here's how it works:

  1. Head over to Castaic Animal Shelter's website to view the pets eagerly waiting to find a forever home.
  2. Since the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control system is made up of 7 animal care centers, it's important to note where the animal you're interested in is located.
  3. Visit the shelter and meet the lucky dog or cat you have your eyes on.
  4. Once you're ready, give your pet's ID number to a staff member and complete an adoption application
  5. If the animal is immediately available you can take them home on the very same day! If the animal still needs to be neutered or spayed, or hasn't completed the required 4-day holding period, you can place a commitment to adopt (CTA) on them.
  6. Once the your four-legged friend is ready to be picked up, a staff member will contact you.

If you're interested in an animal that already has a CTA from someone else, you can be listed as an interested party. There can be up to 5 interested parties per pet, and you'll be given the chance to adopt on a first-come, first-served basis.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Castaic Animal Shelter are as follows:

  • Puppies/dogs: $125
  • Kittens/cats: $115
  • Rabbits: $15

The listed fees will be reduced by $50 for dogs and $40 for cats that were spayed or neutered prior to arriving at the shelter. Discounts are available for animals that have been at the shelter for 10 days or more.

Your adoption fee covers vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery and post-operative pain medication, microchipping, and a medical exam at a participating veterinarian. Adoption fees don't include dog and cat license fees, which are charged based on the city in which you live.

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Castaic Animal Shelter
in
Castaic
,
California
directly using the contact info above.

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