County to Hold Community Meetings on Animal Services

Residents in the unincorporated areas will get a chance to give their input on what animal services they’d like to see during three upcoming community meetings. The County is considering outsourcing the work done by the Department of Animal Services to another entity by next July. The meetings are being held to get residents’ feedback on what services they need, which ones are important to them, and to gather suggestions.

An independent external consultant will run the three meetings, and they’ll take place in Ramona, Fallbrook and Bonita. The first one is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19 at the Ramona Library.

The County Board of Supervisors approved the potential outsourcing of the Department of Animal Services in the unincorporated areas last March. It also decided against renewing the department’s agreements to provide services in six contract cities. The contracts expire next June.

The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is qualified to provide animal services in the unincorporated areas but negotiations won’t begin until after the three community meetings. The dates and locations are listed below:

Wednesday, July 19
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Ramona Library
1275 Main Street
Ramona, CA 92065

Thursday, July 27
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Fallbrook Library
124 S. Mission Road
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Thursday, Aug. 17
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Bonita Library
4375 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902


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