Citrus Heights Animal Services is committed to providing affordable, compassionate animal services to the citizens of Citrus Heights.
- Deliver visible support and community education
- Empower responsible pet owners
- Foster community involvement
- Promote healthy human-animal relationships in our community
On May 1, 2012, Animal Services Division was founded to better serve our citizens and their pets. Weekdays, the city has an Animal Services Officer (ASO) available during normal business hours. (See below for after hours services.)
Emergencies and Holidays
In an emergency, dial 911
Nights, weekends and national holidays Animal Services provides emergency dispatch services for animal-related calls. Call us at 916-725-7387, press 1 to leave a message or press 2 to be transferred to the Citrus Heights Police Department dispatch center.
Our officers enforce animal related state laws and municipal codes and ordinances including public safety issues like animal bites, leash laws, animal endangerment and welfare, and barking complaints.
Animal licenses are required in the City of Citrus Heights and can be purchased online or by mail. For more information please visit our licensing page.
Lost & Found Animals
Animals weighing less than 15 pounds may be placed in City garbage cans for disposal. Owned animals over 15 pounds should be taken to a veterinary clinic, pet cemetery, or may be buried on the owners property in compliance with regulations. Animal Services Officers will remove dead domesticated animals from public roadways. Dead wildlife removal is handled by the City's General Services Department and can be reported online or by calling 916.727.4770 If you are disposing of dead wildlife yourself, do it properly: wear rubber gloves, wrap the animal in a plastic bag and tie it off before disposing of the wrapped animal in an outside garbage bin.
To report dead birds and squirrels which may carry West Nile Virus call 1.877.WNV.BIRD or report it online.
Stray Dog Pickup
Stray animals are scanned for microchips, checked for licenses and, when possible, returned to owners all without ever going to a shelter.
Animals without owner information/who require sheltering are taken to:
Sacramento SPCA (SSPCA)
6201 Florin-Perkins Road
Sacramento, CA 95828
Adoption Center Hours: Wed-Sun 11 am - 6 pm
In a diverse area such as our City, residents and wildlife often need to coexist. We offer very limited wildlife services. Find more information.
Adopt a City Kitty through River City Cat Rescue Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm at Petco on Greenback and Auburn!
We also encourage you to adopt your pet from a local shelter. Visit , the Sacramento SPCA, Bradshaw Animal Shelter and local rescue groups to find your next pet.