Rabies and Animal Control Program

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Proposed Revisions to the County of Fresno Animal Control Ordinance

 Recommendations are to update the ordinance requiring spay and neuter, and microchipping when redeeming unlicensed animals, modifying requirements for kennel operations, minor revisions to the Unlawful conduct and Taking up-Care-Disposition sections, and changing the penalties for violations for certain provisions within the chapter from a misdemeanor to an infraction.

Ordinance Summary

Animal Control Ordinance Red-Line

News Release  


Animal Bite Reports May Now Be Completed And Submitted Electronically!

Our new electronic process for reporting animal bites has gone paperless. Complete the Animal Bite Report here. When you click submit, the form will automatically be submitted for processing. If you need assistance completing this form contact our office at (559) 600-3357.

Rabies and Animal Control Program Information

The Rabies and Animal Control Program of the Environmental Health Division is located on the third floor of the Public Health Department in the Mercer Building on Fulton Street in downtown Fresno.

The Environmental Health Staff is responsible for dog licensing and responds and investigates multiple litter, animal bite reports, and animal waste complaints.

Public Health Notice


Rules for Dog Owners in Fresno County

This flyer summarizes the requirements for dog licensing: Rules for Dog Owners


On this page you will find information on these items:

Forms and Applications

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Dog License Information

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  • The Dog License Decision Tree has been created to help determine what is required for dogs.
  • Dog License and Rabies Shot (Vaccination)
  • How to get a License for your Dog:
  • Dog license application forms can be found at many locations.

Dog Breeding and Ownership Changes

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  • Dog Breeding and Puppies
  • When Owners exchange a dog

Other Provisions of the New Law

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  • No dogs or cats given away as prizes.
  • No dogs or cats given away as an inducement to enter any establishment.
  • No dogs or cats given away in any public place not owned by him or at any swap meet.
  • No transferring any dogs or cats to minors without a parent or legal guardian's written permission

Fresno County Leash Law

All dogs must be on a leash in Fresno County - or under the immediate control of a responsible person - if they are off the owner's property. To report a loose dog, call:

Fresno Humane Animal Services
760 W. Nielsen Ave
Fresno, CA 93706
559-600-7387 (600-PETS)

Spay/Neuter Clinics

Call Fresno Humane Animal Services at (559)600-7387 or Environmental Health at (559)600-3357 for Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic Information.



Click to Download Spay & Neuter Flyer

Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics

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The Environmental Health Division collaborates with local veterinarians every summer to schedule low cost rabies vaccination clinics. The clinics are scheduled for locations throughout the county for access by the public, and dog licenses are available at selected clinics.

  • Vaccination Fee: $10.00 each
  • Fresno County Dog License Fee: $39.00 each (not spayed/neutered)
  • Fresno County Dog License Fee: $4.00 each (spayed/neutered)
  • 50 cents for replacement dog tags.

Upcoming Clinics:

No clinics are scheduled at this time. Check back soon.


The Fresno County Public Health Laboratory assists in animal bite investigations by testing submitted animals for rabies.

How to Find Your Lost Pet

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Medical Treatment to Prevent Rabies Following Animal Bites

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Following an animal bite, the victim should seek care from their medical provider immediately.

You and your health care provider must report the animal bite to the Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Division, Animal Rabies Control Program by calling 559-600-3357 or by using our new electronic process for reporting. The health care provider will determine whether or not treatment to prevent rabies is needed.

The Department of Public Health will also provide additional information to help the health care provider make an informed decision regarding treatment to prevent rabies. Please call 559-600-3332 - Communicable Disease or (559) 600-3413 - Chest Clinic.

Other Rabies Information

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)

California Department of Health Services
Division of Communicable Disease Control
Veterinary Public Health Section
P.O. Box 997377, MS 7308
Sacramento CA 95899-7308
(916) 552-9740 / FAX (916) 552-9725

Our Location: 1221 Fulton Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 11867, Fresno CA 93775-1867
Phone: (559) 600-3357 Fax: (559) 455-4646 

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
(Closed 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)


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