Marin County Animal Services

In addition to the Marin Humane Society’s role as a non-profit animal shelter, we also have a contract with the County of Marin to provide the county’s animal services. Marin residents can count on the support of our Animal Services Officers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There is also a self-service night receiving kennel at the shelter that is always available.

Last year, Animal Services Officers answered 3,462 emergency calls and responded to an additional 3,025 calls for assistance. They also investigated 1,400 complaints. Services provided by MHS Animal Services, include:

Animal Emergencies
MHS Animal Services officers respond to thousands of emergency calls and calls for assistance every year. For assistance 24 hours a day, please call 415.883.4621 and press “1” to reach help.

MHS Animal Services will follow up on citizens’ complaints about animals. Follow these steps to file a complaint.

Lost and found pets
Our stray animal hotline is updated every night after 6 p.m. and includes animals brought to the shelter during the previous 48 hours. You can also search lost and found pets online.

Hotline: 415.883.4621 (x377 for dogs, x378 for cats, x379 for all other lost animals)

Pet Licensing
Dog licenses are required by law for all dogs over the age of four months who live in Marin County.

Animal Permits
has an ordinance requiring that all animal businesses obtain special operating permits through our Animal Services Department. From dog hobbyists to commercial animal establishments, animals are ensured proper care under the regulations set forth under these permits. For permit applications and information, call 415.506.6209.


Marin Humane Society

171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato, CA 94949
Phone 415.883.4621

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