At the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, we promote keeping pets in loving forever homes. Having a pet is a wonderful and rewarding experience, but also carries with it certain responsibilities. Here are some facts to guide pet owners on what they need to do as residents of Riverside County or areas that contract with the County for animal services.
Q: I Received a Citation. Are These Violations Correctable?
Q: What If I Cannot Afford to Spay/Neuter, Vaccinate, and License All of My Pets Within the 20 Days?
Q: What Steps Do I Need to Take in Order to Comply With the Citation?
• Proof of rabies vaccination certificate
• Proof of spay/neuter certificate
• Proof of microchip certificate
• Purchase a license + $25 late fee
• Pay for the additional citation fee of $25 for Riverside County or $21 for the City of Riverside.
Q: Is Having My Pet Spayed or Neutered Mandatory?
Q: Is It Mandatory to Have Your Dog Licensed and Vaccinated for Rabies?
Rabies virus infection is a serious disease. It can be prevented, but an infection is invariably fatal for mammals if not treated immediately. In the United States, most infections occur in raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats. In southern California, most if not all infections occur in bats. Bites from any of these animals can transmit the virus and cause disease transmission to pets and humans.
Q: Is It Mandatory for Dogs and Cats To Be Microchipped?
Traditional methods of identification, like pet tags or ID collars, need to be replaced regularly, can slip off, be removed, or become hard to read, but microchips last for the life of the pet.
Your cat or dog’s microchip implant gives your pet the best chance of returning home to you if lost. However, a microchip must be registered along with your current contact information in order to identify you as your pet’s owner. Remember, even pets belonging to the most responsible owner can go missing.