County Animal Services to Open on Sundays

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As part of a 90-day pilot project, County Animal Services will open its three regional shelters to the public on Sundays, starting Oct. 23.

Currently, the County shelters are open Tuesday through Saturday. The pilot project means people looking for a new furry, family member can visit, get to know and adopt available animals six days a week, including both weekend days.

Once the trial period ends on Sunday, Jan. 22, the results will be evaluated to see if the change should be made permanent.

If successful, Animal Services would seek the funding to make a six-day week permanent when the next fiscal year starts in July 2017.

During the pilot, the shelters will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. They’ll be closed on Mondays and holidays.

All of the dogs, cats and rabbits that are adopted from County Animal Services are spayed and neutered before leaving the shelter. They’re also microchipped, given current vaccinations and flea control, plus a free veterinary exam within the first 10 days.

In continuing efforts to drive down the number of homeless animals that end up at the shelter, County Animal Services urges all pet owners to spay and neuter their animals. Pet owners in the county’s unincorporated areas, or County Animal Services’ contract cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach, can request spay and neuter rebate coupons. The rebates range from $25 to $50.

For more information, contact County Animal Services at (619) 767-2675 or visit

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact