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Animal Control Lake Tahoe

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Shakori Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 577-1766
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El Dorado County Animal Control provides temporary housing for animals who have lost their owners. We also take in animals from owners who can no longer keep them based on individual circumstances. Our ability to do this depends on space availability and a fee is charged. Animals that pass a behavior assessment are available to the public for adoption.

The South Lake Tahoe shelter provides services to the city of South Lake Tahoe, Alpine County and unincorporated El Dorado County at the Lake Tahoe Basin.

About Our Shelter:

Our shelter remodel is completed, and we have moved into our new facility! Please come visit us and see our new cat condos and enhanced dog kennels. We are planning on having an Open House this spring.

With our new building, we hope to expand our team of volunteers. Volunteers walk the dogs, play with the cats, and help with the adoption process. Volunteers are critical to adoptions, because interacting with the pets keeps them in a calmer state, making them more adoptable. Plus, our shelter is in a very beautiful setting! Please call the shelter to obtain a volunteer application and schedule an orientation.

Also, we are always in need of volunteers willing to provide short-term foster homes for those little ones who come in with no mom or are just too tiny for adoption. Please inquire about becoming a foster family

We provide quarantine facilities for animals who are involved in bite situations and must be closely monitored due to expired or no rabies vaccine history. Animals with current vaccines are quarantined at home and visited by an Animal Control officer during quarantine to check on the health of the animal.

Come Meet our Pets:

We are open from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


From Hwy 50 take Hwy 89 towards Markleeville/Kirkwood and turn left onto Shakori. The shelter is located at the end of the road, about 1/4 mile from Hwy 89.

Our Adoption Process:

Interested in adopting one of our animals? Adoption is a simple process. Adopters can fill out an application at the shelter. Requirements: Own your own home or have landlord approval for an animal; have a fenced yard or other approved method of confinement (if adopting a dog). If you currently own dogs they must be current on rabies vaccinations and El Dorado County license. Adoption fees for dog are $90.00 plus license. Cat adoption fees are $75.00.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.