Animal Services

Moreno Valley Animal Services offers a wide range of services, including dog licensing, low-cost spay/neuter programs and vaccination services. Dogs and cats are available for adoption at the animal shelter for a nominal fee.

Shelter Hours and Location

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Closed 9:30 a.m. -
6:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. -
6:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. -
6:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. -
6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. -
4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and Holidays
Mondays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ( by appointment only)
    - Arrange pick up of owned pet(s) seen on the website or Notice of Impoundment by calling (951) 413-3790.
    - All other services will resume during regular business hours.

To find out why the shelter hours have changed, click here...

Animal Shelter Location
The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter is located at 14041 Elsworth St.
(between Cactus and Alessandro).

Phone Number
Phone Number: 951.413.3790
Fax Number: 951.413.3769
Email address:


Moreno Valley Animal Services has dogs and cats available for adoption for a nominal fee. The shelter also has other services available for residents and their pets.

Before you adopt a pet...
Read this short paper before you make that important decision:

  • How to Adopt a Pet...
  • Pets must be spayed or neutered before they are allowed to go home. This is a State
    Law that is intended to reduce pet over-population.
  • Consider a microchip, the best way for your lost pet to be identified and returned to you.
  • Fees
    • Dog & Puppy
      $31.00 Adoption (plus the spay/neuter fee)
      $16.00 Microchip
      $20.00 5 in 1 Vaccination
      $20.00 Rabies Deposit
      $15.00 License (MV Residents only)
    • Cat & Kitten Adoption
      $20.00 (plus the spay/neuter fee)
      $16.00 Microchip
      $10.00 3 in 1 Vaccination

Found and Adoptable Pets

Our listings are on Pet Harbor. Pet Harbor is a not-for-profit Web site sponsored by HLP Chameleon and includes records from Los Angeles County Animal Control, Moreno Valley Animal Service, Pasadena Humane Society and San Diego County Department of Animal Control.

Don't Forget About that Dog License...

All dogs living in Moreno Valley that are four months of age and older must be licensed. You can obtain a license simply by having your dog vaccinated against rabies for a nominal fee at our Animal Shelter Clinic or you can go to your own veterinarian to obtain the rabies vaccination.

Make sure to bring in your dog's Rabies Certificate — you'll need it to get the dog license. You will be offered a discounted rate on your dog license if your dog is spayed or neutered.

Mandatory Spay - Neutering Ordinance


Shelter Services

Other services available at the shelter.

  • Spay and neuter clinic
  • Microchip ($16.00 total fee)
  • Trap Rentals (limited availability)
    Cat - $12/ per week with a $50 deposit

Donate to Help the Shelter, Help the Pets without Homes

The following programs provide both money and comfort.

California Pet Lover PlatesPet Lover Plate

How can getting this plate help?
Over 1 million dogs and cats enter California’s shelters each year, and over half of them are euthanized (killed) simply because there are not enough homes.

The easiest way a pet owner can help reduce pet overpopulation is to spay or neuter their pet. The California Pet Lover's License Plate will provide a large scale, permanent funding source for spay & neuter programs. These programs have proven to be the best way to help reduce the number of unwanted pets.

Donate a Bed

California Pet Lover Plate

Give the Gift of Comfort to a shelter dog or cat. Your kindness will make a world of difference to them! Prices are specially discounted for donation. Items ship directly to the shelter in your name.

Click here to donate a Kuranda bed to City of Moreno Valley Animal Services.


Be a Volunteer for the Shelter

  • Help with adoption events in the community
  • Clean and care for the animals
  • Office work, including putting together adoption packets, calling adopters to remind them to register their pets' microchip, filing paperwork, keeping bulletin boards updated
  • Laundry and cleaning cages

What are the minimum requirements for a volunteer application?

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Complete and return volunteer application
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation
  • Review Training Videos

Get an application and start helping today!

How to Report a Found Pet

  • Contact the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter at 951-413-3790
  • Email information and upload photos of the found pet to the following email link:
  • Contact your local newspaper and ask to post a free “found pet” ad
  • Check with your neighbors; the pet may belong to them!
  • Post “Found Pet” flyers in your immediate neighborhood and al local places people tend to visit (Be sure to get permission before posting any flyers)
  • Go to and enter your zip code and click on “Found a Pet”. Select Moreno Valley Animal Services and follow along to register and upload pictures of a found dog, cat or other type of animal.
  • Report found animals through Pet Finder

What to Do if Your Pet is Lost

Check the shelter

  • View the kennels, puppy/small breed and cattery rooms daily.
  • Stray animals are held for five business days for owner redemption.
  • Check the DOA list, isolation board and lost & found daily, located in the lobby.
    • DOA list-animals picked up deceased.
    • Isolation list-animals not available for viewing by the public. These animals may be sick, injured, feral and aggressive.
    • Enter your information in the Lost Book located in the lobby and check the Found book daily. These books are for public reference; shelter staff is not responsible for monitoring them.
    • Post a picture and / or description of the pet on the Lost and Found board located at the end of the hallway as you enter the kennel area.

Additional Resources

  • Search for your lost pet through Pet Harbor ( The Pet Harbor database includes listing from many (but not all) animal shelters in Southern California.
  • Search for your lost pet through Pet Finder

Become a Rescue Partner

Moreno Valley is committed to working with rescue / adoption organiztions (rescue groups) to help provide more opportunities for homeless and unwanted animals to find homes.

Approved Rescue Group Partners

  • Email pull list with Animal IDs and Authorized Puller to
    Acrobat Pull List Form
  • Payment Information
    • Contact number
    • Copy of ID
  • All paperwork will be ready at the Front Desk ready for Authorized Puller’s signature.
  • All the above must be submitted / filed / approved in order to pull any animals from our Facility.

Events and Vaccination/Dog Licensing Clinics

Extended Service for July 4th Holiday Weekend

The 4th of July can be a fearful time for some pets. Dogs are often frightened by fireworks, causing them to escape their yards. If a resident loses a pet over the 4th of July holiday weekend, staff will be available on Sunday and Monday to help pet owners reclaim pets in the City’s shelter:

  • Sunday, July 5, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 6, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter will be open Friday, July 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and closed on Saturday, July 4.

Read the news release...

Pets of the Week


The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter has hundreds of animals that are for adoption. Each episode of "Pets of the Week" showcases a cat and a dog that are up for adoption. This program aims to help viewers find a new friend, find an old friend who has been lost, and help encourage proper care of pets.

Watch Pets of the Week Episodes

Pets may be adopted at any time; please call 951.413.3790 to see if they are still available!


Episode S02 E17:
Stars & Stripes



Episode S02 E16:
Blarry & Caesar



Episode S02 E15:
Mitch & Cora



Episode S02 E14:
Pepper & Biscuit



Episode S02 E13:
Gracie & Viktor




May 2015

Episode S02 E12:
Gypsy & Bits



Episode S02 E11:
Gabe & Yumi



Episode S02 E10:
Dickens & Leia



April 2015

Episode S02 E09:
Ben & Jerry



Episode S02 E08:
Jackie & Louie



Episode S02 E07:
Ariana & Viola



March 2015

Episode S02 E06:
Carla & Jewel



Episode S02 E05:
Paddy & Liam



Episode S02 E04:
Prince & Bamboo



Episode S02 E03:
Jenny & Gina



February 2015
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14177 Frederick Street
PO Box 88005
Moreno Valley, CA 92552
Phone: 951.413.3000
Hours: Monday - Thursday; 7:30am - 5:30pm
Fridays: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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