Animal Control Services


Welcome to the Animal Control Division of the Grass Valley Police Department.  We are proud to provide service to the residents who reside in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. For non-emergent calls, please call 530-477-4630.  All calls requiring an Animal Control Officer should be directed to 530-265-7880

If you have an address with three or four digits in Grass Valley or Nevada City you are in the City limits.  If you have a five digit address, contact Nevada County Animal Control at 530-265-7880 or 530-265-1471

Grass Valley/Nevada City Animal Shelter
556B Freeman Lane
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 477-4630

(Our mailing address is 125 Main Street, Grass Valley, California 95945)

Mission Statement

“The mission of the Animal Control Division of the Grass Valley Police Department is to provide quality services to the citizens of Grass Valley and Nevada City by providing protection for themselves and their property from the dangers and nuisances caused by stray animals, to protect pets from the cruelty they may face from irresponsible citizens, and to educate the public in the responsibilities of humane pet ownership, animal control, care, and welfare.”

About Animal Control

The Animal Control Division provides the cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City with the following services: pickup of stray, injured or dead animals; quarantine of biting animals, and investigation of animal bites, animals at large, and animal disturbance complaints. We also operate the Grass Valley/Nevada City Animal Shelter, handling animal adoptions, selling dog licenses for Grass Valley city residents, and answering questions from callers and visitors.

The Grass Valley/Nevada City Animal Shelter hours are:

Animal Control Hours
Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Animal Shelter Hours
Tuesday – Friday 11:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday – 11:30am – 4:30pm

Note: The animal shelter may be closed at any time for an animal emergency.

Emergency services for injured stray animals after hours are available by contacting the Grass Valley Police Department at (530) 265-7880.

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