Animal Control

The Eureka Police Department's Animal Control is tasked with the enforcement and education related to domestic animals within the City of Eureka. Our animal control officers take pride in the work that they do, and are proud to serve the citizens of Eureka and their pet families.


All dogs within the City of Eureka are required to be licensed per Eureka Municipal Code (EMC 91.404(B)). Dog licensing is done through the Finance department, and more information can be found at: Dog License | Eureka, CA (

Leash Laws

Within the City of Eureka all dogs are required to be under physical control or leash control per EMC 91.205. Failure to have your animal under physical or leash control can result in a citation due to violation of Eureka Municipal Code.

Lost & Found Animals

When pets are found within Eureka City limits, they are typically transported to the Eureka Police department headquarters for a temporary hold (less than 24 hours) and then transported to the Humboldt County Animal Shelter.

If you have lost your pet you can check the Humboldt County Animal Shelter's website for photos of found pets.

In addition, many citizens post lost and found pets on Facebook via the Paws Cause site, so we recommend looking there as well.  Our Animal Control office often posts found pets through this site as well. 

Wildlife Information

The Humboldt Wildlife Care Center is open 7 days a week.  If you find an injured bird, mammal, or reptile please contact the Wildlife Care center for further instructions.  

Address: 2182 Old Arcata Road, Bayside, CA 95524

Phone number: 707-822-8839

If you have other concerns regarding wildlife matters, please contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  The Eureka office can be reached at 707-445-6493

Deceased Animals

You can call our office to report deceased animals located on public property and roadways.  We typically can pick the body up in less than 24 hours of receiving notification of the location.

Important Local Animal Resources

Humboldt County Animal Shelter


980 Lycoming Avenue, McKinleyville, CA 95519

Humboldt Wildlife Care Center


3954 Jacobs Avenue, Eureka, CA 95501

Redwood Pals Rescue


PO Box 2913, McKinleyville, CA 95519

Companion Animal Foundation


3954 Jacobs Avenue, Eureka, CA 95501

Friends for Life Animal Rescue


PO Box 962, Eureka, CA 95501

Sequoia Humane Society


6073 Loma Avenue, Eureka, CA 95503

Humboldt Spay Neuter Clinic


2606 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka, CA 95501

Miranda's Rescue


1603 Sandy Prairie Road, Fortuna, CA 95540

Important Information Regarding Eureka Municipal Code



Beekeeping Permit

Fanciers License

Exotic Fanciers License

Mini Animal License