Animal Control

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The San Diego Humane Society provides animal control services for the City of San Marcos. Services include dog licensing, housing lost and stray animals, reuniting lost animals with their owners, microchipping, animal adoptions, educational programs, and investigating citizen concerns and complaints about animals. 

The Humane Society is located in Escondido at 3500 Burnet Drive. Operating hours are  10 a.m. - 6 p.m., seven days a week. For questions, please call (619) 299-7012 or visit

Issues related to disturbance of the peace (after regular hours) are handled by the Sheriff’s Office; they can be contacted on the non-emergency dispatch line at 760-510-5200. 

Common Animal Control Concerns

Animal Licensing - All dogs, four months of age and older, must have a valid license and wear it at all times. In order to get your dog licensed, it must have a current rabies vaccination.  Select the link to visit the Humane Society's animal licensing webpage.

Barking dogs or crowing roosters - Call the Humane Society during the hours of 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Select the link to visit the Humane Society's barking dogs webpage.

Lost Pet - Visit the Humane Society during operating hours, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., seven days a week. If you have a picture of your pet, please bring it with you. For the Humane Society's lost pet webpage, please click here.

City Leash Law - Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times except when at a designated off-leash area or confined to a residence or backyard.

Dog Parks - The City has three designated off-leash areas. They are located at Hollandia Park, 12 Mission Hills Road, Montiel Park, 2290 Montiel Road, and San Elijo Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road.