Fort Bragg Animal Shelter

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COVID 19 / Updated Services - June 2, 2020

We ask customers to please knock on the front door during the business hours of 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the business days of Tuesday through Saturday if you need assistance. 

We ask customers to please make sure to keep 6 feet or more away from the door when a staff member greets you at the door. 


Facial Coverings

Animal Care Services is requiring customers have the appropriate facial covering when visiting our facility. 

Customers without facial coverings may be denied service.  We may be able to accommodate the customer’s needs if they remain outside of the facility.   

Personnel Protection Equipment

Animal Care Services has hand sanitizer, facial coverings if needed by customers and sneeze guards in place for the customers at the front counter area for the safety of the customers & staff.


Animal Care Services Facility Restroom will be closed to the public. 


Animal Care Services will require customers to schedule an appointment for the following shelter services: animal adoptions, animal fostering and owned animals being surrendered.  Please call 961-2491 or 961-2526 to schedule an appointment.  

We encourage potential adopters to look at our adoptable shelter animals online on our “Adoptable Animals” link on our main webpage prior to scheduling an appointment.  

Feral Cat(s)

Animal Care Services will require customers wanting to trap feral cat(s) to be placed on a waiting list.  Staff will contact customers on the waiting list to establish a time period of - (several days) to trap the cat(s) and bring them to the Animal Shelter. 

Please call 961-2491 or 961-2526 to be placed on the waiting list. 

Dog Licensing

Animal Care Services will be processing dog licenses at the front counter area – please make sure to bring your rabies vaccination certificate if we don’t have your dog information on file with us. 

Stray Animals

Citizens that reside in the City of Fort Bragg can call the Fort Bragg Police Department at  961-2800 to have a stray animal picked up. 

Citizens that reside in county can call the Sheriff Department at 463-4086 to have a stray animal picked up. 


Unfortunately at this time visitors are not permitted to stop in and socialize with the shelter animals.     

Visitors that just wish to socialize with the animals will not be permitted back into the Animal Shelter until later in the State of California Resilience Roadmap.    

Customer Information

Due to social distances requirements Animal Care Services is only permitting up to a total of (2) customers in the facility at one time. 


Unfortunately at this time volunteers are not permitted back in the Animal Shelter.       

Volunteers will hopefully be permitted back into the Animal Shelter in the near future as we adhere to the State of California Resilience Roadmap.   

Thank you. 

Animal Care Services


Long Term Dogs

Screenshot_2019-10-18 long term dog flier pdf




If you wish to become a volunteer at the Fort Bragg Animal Shelter you must attend the required Volunteer Orientation Class. 
Currently volunteer orientation classes are held on 2nd Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11:00.  Staff can accommodate up to 8 attendees.  Please contact the Animal Shelter at 961-2491 to sign up. 
One on one volunteer orientation classes can be scheduled / arranged by staff if you are not able to attend a Saturday volunteer orientation class. 




Lost & Found Animals / Facebook Page - Fort Bragg



Please contact the Animal Shelter at 961-2491 to schedule bringing in any owned, feral cat or kitten.

Thank you.

Fort Bragg Animal Shelter



The Fort Bragg Animal Shelter is always in need for the following items:

  Bath & Hand Towels


  Canned Cat & Dog Food (Not Expired)

  New or Used Collars & Leashes


  Paper Plates (Small in Size)

  Plastic Cat & Dog Carriers (In Usable Condition)

  Play Toys for Cats & Kittens 

We greatly appreciate your generosity.

Fort Bragg Animal Shelter


Bed Donations

Kuranda Beds

Kuranda Bed Video

The Ukiah & Fort Bragg Animal Shelters wish to thank the very generous donors who have purchased a Kuranda Bed for our shelter dogs. 






Volunteers will be permitted from the hours of 09:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on working days only.  Business hours of operation from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. will be delegated for customers.  

Due to the small size of the facility only (4) volunteers will be permitted to be onsite at one time. 

Animal Care Services Information

Our Mission

To serve the citizens of Mendocino County by providing animal regulation services that promote public safety, health and responsible pet ownership and delivers these services in a timely, courteous, professional and cost effective manner.

Contact Info, Location & Hours


Fort Bragg Animal Shelter

19701 Summers Lane
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: 707-961-2491 


Sunday, Monday & Holiday's the Animal Shelter is closed.  If a holiday falls on a Monday then the Animal Shelter will observe the holiday on Tuesday and be closed that day. 

Tuesday - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


**Please note that due to animal medical situations that occur during hours of operation staff might have to depart property for a short period of time resulting in the shelter temporarily closing. **


**All financial transactions have to be completed 30 minutes prior to closing.**


**The dog kennel & cat adoption room will close 20 minutes prior to closing.**



Shelter Director: Richard Molinari


Shelter Supervisor: Adriana Vega


Shelter Employee: Jennifer Mullis




Useful Links

Unincorporated Areas

Please Note:

Animal Control in unincorporated areas of Mendocino County is handled by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.

Field Service calls outside the Fort Bragg city limits including loose dogs, barking dogs, humane complaints or animal bites should be called into the Sheriff's Dispatch at 707-463-4086.

For Field Service calls in City of Fort Bragg please call the Fort Bragg Police Department at 707-964-0200.