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kittenThe City of Laguna Beach Animal Shelter was started in 1975 by a group of dedicated volunteers, The Pet Responsibility Committee (now PUP Laguna Beach), who lobbied the City of Laguna Beach to purchase the old Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals building on Laguna Canyon Road for use as a shelter. Today, the shelter serves the residents of Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods by providing temporary care of sick, injured, and strayed or abandoned animals rescued by the animal services officers in the City of Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Woods.

The shelter is funded by the City of Laguna Beach and supported by generous donations. Donations to PUP Laguna Beach fund the rehabilitation of our animals that require medical attention so that healthy pets can be put up for adoption. Donations are also used to help rescue dogs and cats. Please visit our Donor page for more information on how you can contribute to the future adoption of a pet.

At any one time, the facility houses dogs, cats, birds, and a small number of other animals. Every abandoned animal that comes through the Shelter is held for seven days for reclaiming by its owner. As a small community, the claim-rate is extremely high at 80%. We have been very fortunate to receive support from our community, the local veterinarians, the Pacific Wildlife project, the Bluebell Cat Foundation, and the citizens who appear with helping hands whenever there is a fire or flood in the canyon. We greatly appreciate the tremendous support from the community!


At any one time our shelter houses dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and a small number of other adoptable animals, such as birds and rabbits. Our animals are held for seven dayspup upon arrival. This holding period gives us ample time to locate an owner if there is one. If animals remain unclaimed, they undergo an assessment of their health, temperament, and behavior for adoption purposes.

Dogs and cats that come available for adoption are seen by a veterinarian, bathed and groomed, vaccinated, de-wormed, micro-chipped, and neutered/spayed, in addition to receiving any other needed medical treatment. The animals put up for adoption are healthy and have no serious behavioral problems. They will remain in the care of staff and volunteers until they go home with their new families.

In all our adoptions, our goal is to place our animals in the most appropriate matches possible--matches with the greatest chance of permanent, rewarding, and loving relationships between animals and owners. For this reason, and for the protection of both our animals and the people who adopt them, our adoptions are governed by an application and approval procedure and by certain adoption criteria. This approach to adoption has kept our return rate at close to 5%. In contrast, the national average of shelter return rate is nearly 50%.

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Adoption Procedures

Our adoption procedures are designed to make sure that both you and the animal you adopt are in the very best situation possible. Here’s how the adoption procedure works:

  • Animals are available only by application. If you are interested in an animal, you must complete an application in person at the shelter. The application form asks such things as your reasons for adoption, your previous animal ownership, current pets, and the environment the animal will share with you.
  • Many dogs require a secured, fenced yard. You may need to tell us on the form whether or not your yard meets certain fencing specifications.
  • After you apply, there is a waiting period.
  • During this waiting period, the adoption committee reviews all applications submitted for the animal. Decisions are made according to the best interest each animal.
  • If you have completed an application for a dog and the dog is not on medical hold, you can visit the dog in our play yard from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily.
  • If you already own one or more dogs and you are applying for another dog, your application will be considered only after the dogs have met and interacted successfully.
  • We encourage all household members to meet the prospective pet!
  • Adoption decisions are made semi-weekly on Wednesday and Saturday after the animal is released from any medical hold.

Included with each adoption:

Cats & Kittens

* Note: All cats adopted must leave in a carrier (Yours or you may purchase one for $5.00)

  • Veterinarian Exam
  • 2 FVRCP Vaccines
  • 1 Rabies Vaccine
  • Felv/Fiv Test & 1st Vaccine
  • 4 Intestinal Wormings
  • Flea Baths
  • Neuter/Spay
  • Microchip Implant
  • Any medical treatments required while at the Shelter

Dogs & Puppies

  • Veterinarian Exam
  • 2 DHLPP Vaccines
  • 2 Corona/Bordetella Vaccines
  • 1 Rabies Vaccine
  • 4 Intestinal Wormings
  • Flea Baths
  • Neuter/Spay
  • Microchip Implant
  • Any medical treatments required while at the Shelter



  • Online: Using PayPal’s secured website, CLICK HERE TO DONATE through PayPal.
  • Visiting the shelter: During business hours (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily) for a check or cash donation.
  • By Mail: Your gift to PUP Laguna Beach will help the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter provide loving care and homes for abused, abandoned and unwanted animals. CLICK HERE to download our donations form.
  • Wills/Living Trust: Integrating your charitable, family, and financial goals through a planned giving method allows you to express your personal values. Planning on donating to PUP Laguna Beach today or sometime in the future? A Letter of Intent will ensure that your wishes are fulfilled.

Please contact PUP for additional information Click Here

VOLUNTEERS: The animal shelter is staffed by one-part time and three full-time employees, three animal services officers, and a group of devoted volunteers.

Our volunteers play an important role in caring for the animals. When you volunteer you will have the opportunity to help with bathing, dog walking, general socialization of the animals, assisting in pet adoptions, maintaining a lost-and-found list, and assisting in the shelter office. The staff and volunteers also offer free information on a variety of pet-related matters, including low-cost neuter/spay, behavior problem solving and other pet responsibility issues. Some of our staff and many of our volunteers have adopted the “hard-to-place” dogs and cats.

As a volunteer, your commitment is only four hours, one day each week. Training is available once a month and takes place over a two-hour period. During the two hours you will learn about the facility, staff, and most importantly, the needs of our animals.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter for specific times and dates, and to sign up for the next available training session. Training sessions occur once each month and are subject to change without notice.

Foster Care in the event of an Emergency: We also have a small, dedicated group of local community members who assist us with foster care in the event of an emergency. Because of the many emergencies we experience in Laguna Canyon, we always need foster homes. If you are interested in providing foster care, please contact the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter for specific details.


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Laguna Beach Animal Shelter
20612 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (Click here for directions)

Animal Control (949) 497-0701

Phone: (949) 497-3552




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