Fort Bragg Animal Shelter

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Animal Care Services is now closed to the public due to the COVID 19 / Shelter in Place Order. 

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. 

Customers can also call Animal Care Services at 961-2491 / 961-2526 and speak with a staff member during the Tuesday through Saturday during the business hours 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Depending on your need-request we may be able to assist you. 

Please advise staff if you have lost your pet animal. 

People that have lost pet animals can file a lost pet report online on the Animal Care Services webpage link Lost Animal Report.

If you received a dog license renewal letter and are needing to renew your dog license please go the below link.

Dog License Renewal

No volunteers are permitted at Animal Care Services at this time.

Please remember to have identification tags / pet license on your family pets.  This will assist Animal Care Services in reconnecting you and your pet if they get lost & impounded at our facility.  

We are encouraging pet owners to have a contingency plan if someone in your household becomes ill due to the virus.  Please seek the assistance of other family members, neighbors or good friends to take on the responsibility of caring for your pet animals. 

The Animal Shelter can board animals in situations like above but in a limited capacity.

Some steps to take if your pet has to be cared for by other family members, friends or trusted neighbors if you become sick or hospitalized.  Prepare a pet supply kit like the one below. 

  • Have crates, food and extra supplies on hand for movement and relocation of pet(s) if necessary.
  • Keep all animal vaccinations up to date and have copies of those records available in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.
  • Ensure that all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Make sure to include the prescription from your veterinarian with medications with your pet(s) to go bag.
  • Pet(s) should have proper identification such as a collar with id tag and a microchip with up to date owner contact information.
  • Any daily care instructions for the pet(s).
  • A couple of your pet(s) favorite play toys.
  • Food treats.
  • A leash.
  • Your veterinarian’s contact information.

If you or another family member in the residence fall ill, a good rule of thumb is to avoid contact like petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked by your pet.  If you can care for your pet or have to be around animals while ill, please make sure to wash your hands before and after you interact with your pets and make sure to where a mask if possible. 



Update - March 19, 2020

Assistance Needed in Fostering Shelter Animals

The assistance of the Mendocino County residents is needed.

To ensure the Fort Bragg Animal Shelter is able to maintain valuable open kennel space during the Shelter in Place Order, we’re informing the residents that they can play a huge role in assisting us by fostering a shelter animal for approximately 2 to 4 week period.

All dogs are altered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and have passed the required behavioral testing.

Animal Care Services would provide food for the dogs while in foster care.

Any health or medical concerns that the fostered animal experiences while in your care will be handled by our Clinic Staff.

If by chance you fall for the foster animal while in your care and have thoughts of adopting the animal, please make sure to contact us and we will assist you in hopefully making that adoption happening.

Please call Adriana or Jennifer at 961-2491 / 961- 2526 if you have interest in fostering. 

Thank you.

Animal Care Services


Go to the below link for information. 

Leave Found Kittens Alone


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.