Animal Control & Shelter

Photo of the El Cajon Animal Shelter

The El Cajon Animal Shelter is located at:

1373 N. Marshall Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 441-1580

General Information

The shelter is open to the public from 10 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For after hours concerns requiring immediate assistance, please call (619) 579-3311 and select 1 to speak to a Police Dispatcher.

The El Cajon Animal Shelter houses stray or relinquished pets found within the city limits of El Cajon and La Mesa. Animals not claimed by their owners are placed up for adoption to the general public.

Please visit the Asilomar Accords Statistics page to get a review of El Cajon’s survival rate for animals in our care.

catsPlease download these PDF documents for more information:

Found Animals
Lost Animals
Dog Licensing
Noise Complaints

Adoption information, including relinquishment and adoption fees.

The El Cajon Animal Shelter is actively seeking volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at the El Cajon Animal Shelter, please stop by the office and fill out an interest card and you will be contacted when there are openings.

For other volunteer positions in the department, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.

Donations of treats, food, crates, cages, bedding, blankets or towels are always welcome. 

Please visit the following links for ( to see animals for adoption:

black puppyFull pet list:

Cat list:

Dog list:

For Information on the El Cajon Animal Center For Education and Service, please visit:

For information on fees and adoptions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

The City of El Cajon uses Dead Animal Removal (DAR) to remove deceased animals from the roadway. DAR can reached directly at 619-390-8204 or you can call the ECPD Communications Center at 619-579-3311.

Other Contacts:

Low-cost spay and neuter
Pet Assistance (619) 544-1222
Snap San Diego (619) 525- 3047
Dead Animal Removal
City of San Diego (858) 492-5060
County of San Diego (619) 390-8204
Central County Shelter (619) 236-4250
North County Shelter (760) 438-2312
South County Shelter (619) 263-7741
Chula Vista

(619) 691-5123